Cooking classes, home brewing & more around Asheville

by Dryridgeinn on August 26, 2014

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Beer

FREE BEER TASTING: 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. www.hopsandvines.net or 252-5275.

HOMEBREW BEGINNERS CLASS: Aug. 31, noon-4 p.m., Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. Brewing a fall brown ale. $45 in advance. To register, call 252-5275, e-mail info@hopsandvines.net or visit www.hopsandvines.net.

HOMEBREW NIGHT: Sept. 4, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. Every first Thursday. Brewers: bring in a few bottles of your beer, mead, or cider to share. Homebrew is not required to attend, just an interest and an open mind. www.hopsandvines.net or 252-5275.

FRENCH BROAD BREW FEST: Sept. 27, Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 300 Bridge St., Hot Springs. A celebration of craft beer and music. $75 ticket includes five ounce commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings in Brew Tent, camping, food vendors, music. Dogs not allowed. www.frenchbroadfallfest.com or 622-7186.

Coffee Tasting

COFFEE CUPPING: Tasting@Ten 10 a.m. Fridays, Counter Culture Coffee, 77 Broadway St., Asheville. Learn to evaluate coffee aroma and flavor. Free. www.counterculturecoffee.com or 252-5522.

Cooking Classes

CREAM PUFFS & ECLAIRS: Aug. 27, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Learn the method for making Pate a Choux (pronounced paht-ah-SHOO), a versatile puff batter used to create light, fluffy pastries. Practice piping techniques for the choux paste, and learn to bake and finish eclairs and cream puffs. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

HEALTHY COOKING: Aug. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Chef Matt will teach you some hearty yet healthy recipes to enjoy for the summer. $60. www.doughasheville.com.

PESTO MAKING CLASS: Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., Haywood County Public Library, Haywood Street, Waynesville. Make and sample arugula, basil and cilantro pestos. Free but registration is required. Contact Kathy at 356-2507 or kolsen@haywoodnc.net.

BISCUITS & SCONES: Aug. 30, 9-11:30 a.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Chef Heather teaches “The Biscuit Method” for making the quintessential Southern buttermilk biscuit and chocolate cherry scones. Learn how to properly cut your biscuits and scones and how to get the most rise out of your baked goods. Take home a bag of goodies. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

PUFF PASTRY: Aug. 30, Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 30 and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 31. Learn to make classic, inverted, quick. With your puff pastry dough you will make tarts and cookies. The rest of your dough will go home with you. $80. www.doughasheville.com.

A WEE BIT OF COOKING: Scottish Heritage Week Aug. 31-Sept. 6, John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown. Introduction to wide range of traditional baking and homey meals as well as modern Scottish favorites. All levels welcome. Prior to registering, please read General Information and Policies. $594. Since this class starts within 30 days, the tuition needs to be paid in full. https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=16942 or 837-2775.

PIZZA WORKSHOP: Sept. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Learn to make the perfect dough and top-notch “raw” pizza sauce to create a Neapolitan-style pizza. Make your own fresh mozzarella. You will then add your favorite toppings, heat and eat. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sherrill Center at UNC-Asheville, 1 University Heights. Learn to create sumptuous vegetarian meals every Tuesday. All skill levels welcome. $25 includes cooked meals. Call Michael Gentry at 273-6542 for a reservation. Look for Everyone Cooks on Facebook.com.

CHOCOLATE DESSERTS: Sept. 3, Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Enjoy tasting Chef Heather’s desserts in class and take yours home. $60. www.doughasheville.com.

HANDMADE PASTA CLASSICS: Sept. 4, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Fresh pasta bears little resemblance to its store-bought counterpart. It is light, billowy and far easier to whip together than you might think. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

TASTE OF ETHIOPIA: Sept. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Expand you culinary knowledge with Chef Brian. Make lamb stew, flatbread, more. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

ADVANCED GRILLING: Sept. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Chef Matt will show you how to work with lobster and salmon. Prepping, grilling, making sauces. Also cooking techniques for grilling, smoking, and mopping your meat. $65. www.doughasheville.com.

BRUNCH & MORE: Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Learn to make any menu shine with dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. We will demonstrate, then you will create. $55. www.doughasheville.com.

PARENT/CHILD CHINESE: Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. You and your child will enjoy cooking together in this Chinese class. Learn to make the recipes so you can go home and re-create the menu for your whole family. $70. www.doughasheville.com.

“TASTY, HEALTHY & SIMPLE” CLASS: Sept. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., BLVP Health Educational Center, 5587 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher. Are you struggling to eat healthy? Do you find healthy recipes to be difficult or distasteful? Held every second Thursday. 215-0611.

HEALTHY ENTREES: Four-week class spotlighting fun, healthy meals that can be prepared quickly. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and 9, Training Partners, 863 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Taught by Janet Oliver of Be Well Asheville. $160. Call 252-0920 to register.

Drink

SAKE EDUCATION CLASS & TASTING: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Blue Kudzu Sake Company, 372 Depot St., Asheville. Learn history of sake, brewing, traditions, styles, and more. Followed with tasting flight and tapas/small plates. Reservations required. $35. 350-7790 or www.bluekudzusake.com.

MAGIC DRINKS: Super Natural Sodas & Fermented Brews with Marc Williams: Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Garden Cabin at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa. Explore the nourishing super tonics from around the world and learn to make them easily at home. Half-day workshop includes hands-on, lecture, plant walk, and tasting craft beverages. $40. Contact Jenn Cloke at 707-5000 or visit http://organicgrowersschool.org/events/harvest-conference/pre-conference-workshops/.

ASHEVILLE SCHOOL OF WINE: “Wine Sales and Services for Restaurant Professionals”Sept. 9, noon-2 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. Second Tuesday of every month. $25 includes the class and a bottle of wine. We also offer staff training by appointment. www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com or 575-9525.

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