The Hippo


Apr 24, 2019








Valentine’s cake decorating at Frederick’s Pastries. Courtesy photo.

Cooking with love
Valentine’s Day brings cooking and chocolate classes

By Angie Sykeny

 Love is in the air, and so is the smell of sweet treats and savory meals at these Valentine’s Day-inspired cooking and chocolate classes. Space is limited and filling up fast for many classes, so be sure to call and confirm that space is available. 

• Crafting True Chocolate Truffles 
This hands-on class covers tasting chocolate, creating ganache and forming and finishing chocolate truffles. 
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Dancing Lion Chocolate, 917 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: $65
Contact: 625-4043,
• Passionate Dishes for your Valentine 
Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will talk about foods of passion and how to prepare enticing recipes for Valentine’s Day. There will be a cooking demonstration of two recipes and samples for the first 40 attendees. This program is open to adults and children age 13 and older accompanied by a parent. 
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Concord Public Library, 45 Green St., Concord 
Cost: Free
Contact: 225-8670,
• Valentine’s Day with Chocolate Recipes Savory and Sweet 
Learn how to make cocoa-crusted chicken thighs, cocoa-rubbed pork ribs with chocolate barbecue sauce, and dark chocolate mousse. Dishes will be paired or prepared with LaBelle wines Red Alchemy, Americus and Red Raspberry, respectively. LaBelle Winery founder and winemaker Amy LaBelle will also share tips for entertaining. 
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
Cost: $25, plus tax/gratuity 
Contact: 672-9898,
• Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence 
Mike Cross, instructor of chemistry at Northern Essex Community College, will discuss how the chemicals in chocolate affect the human brain, making chocolate the perfect indulgence. Chocolate samples will also be provided, and participants will learn the best way to eat chocolate and how to taste for quality. 
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. 
Where: Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn
Cost: Free 
Contact: 483-5374,
• Valentine’s Cake Decorating 
Choose an 8-inch heart-shaped cake (chocolate, vanilla or purple velvet), frost it with buttercream frosting and decorate it with borders, roses and more. 
When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Frederick’s Pastries, 109 Route 101A, Amherst
Cost: $65
Contact: 882-7725,
• The Science of Chocolate 
Join Mariposa Museum Education Director Melissa Brooks for an all-ages program about the science and history of chocolate. A hot chocolate drink will be served.  
When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. 
Where: Daland Memorial Library, 5 N. Main St., Mont Vernon 
Cost: Free 
Contact: 673-7888,
• Romantic Valentine Dinner 
Learn to prepare a menu featuring steak mushroom bites, shrimp scampi, Boursin-stuffed quail, glazed rainbow carrots, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne cocktail. 
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Chez Boucher Cooking School, 32 Depot Square, Hampton 
Cost: $99 
Contact: 926-2202,
• How to Cook with Chocolate 
A Valentine’s Day-inspired cooking class featuring dishes with chocolate, taught by an award-winning chef of Courville Communities. This class is part of the Cooking with Courville Chefs series. 
When: Monday, Feb. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. 
Where: Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St., Nashua 
Cost: Free for members, $10 for nonmembers
Contact: 889-6155, 
• The Science of Chocolate 
Join Mariposa Museum Education Director Melissa Brooks for an all-ages program about the science and history of chocolate. A hot chocolate drink will be served.  
When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. 
Where: Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia 
Cost: Free 
Contact: 483-8245,
• Couples Cooking: Valentine’s Day Steakhouse  
Couples will make their own meal from start to finish with instruction from a cooking expert. The menu features classic wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon, loaded baked potato, pan-seared steak with porcini and blue cheese sauce, and brownie sundaes. Bring plastic containers for leftovers. BYOB is welcome. 
When: Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Culinary Playground, 16 Manning St., Derry
Cost: $155 per couple
Contact: 339-1664, 

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