My foodie friend Y recently gifted me with a cooking class for my birthday. Because we don’t get to see each other often, she suggested doing an activity together. My choices were cooking class or spa. Being that we both love to cook, the choice was a no-brainer.
She chose this place called EATZ in Hollywood: http://www.eatzla.com/. We decided to take the most practical class: “Weeknights Made Easy”; because let’s face it, we can all use a little help in making our weeknights run a little easier.
When I stepped in, I was immediately greeted by the instructor, Portia, who introduced herself and showed me the appetizer, wine and iced tea by the doorway. What I noticed was the airy, spacious room occupied by a large inviting island in the center. Stations were already set up for each group: cutting board, propane stove, a drawer stocked with knives, wooden spoons, tongs, forks, knives and spoons.
Items on the menu were:
- Italian Sausage and Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Pan Seared Skirt Steak with Herbed Rice and Jalapeno & Avocado Dressing
- Cinnamon Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apples and Onions
- Chicken with Grilled Romaine Salad and a Pistachio Mint Pesto
- Handcrafted Donuts with Ginger Sugar & Orange Chocolate Glaze Toppings
We asked ourselves, how on earth were we going to make a five entree meal in two and a half hours. The answer presented itself soon enough: there were two helpers who came around to clean up our dirty dishes, pots and pans. Everything was prepped and washed. All we had to do was to cook it. Now that really is weeknights made easy if we can take these helpers home!
Because the class was from noon to three, I devoured my first course: Portobello mushroom stuffed with Italian sausage, before I had the mind to take some pictures. Sorry guys!
Here is the Cinnamon Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apples and Onions:
Y tenderizing the skirt steak with her fork:
Chicken with Grilled Romaine Salad and a Pistachio Mint Pesto
Hand crafted doughnut and doughnut holes!
There was so much food that I packed most of my meals in food containers that they readily supplied. Everyone was super friendly and the environment was chill and relaxed. You get to sip a glass of wine while cooking and eating with your friends. Y and I promised each other to make this a double date next time!
PS When we give talks in a conference, we often have to start with a disclosure. A prerequisite if your project or study was sponsored by a drug company, since your result could possibly be biased.
PPS Disclosure: None. This post was not sponsored by any company.