Couples, pick up that spatula and put on an apron — The Culinary Playground has a new way for you to spend date night.
“Sometimes we have a couple of couples that will sign up together and will do a double date,” owner Kristen Chinosi said. “It’s a really welcoming environment. I think what I like is it’s very unintimidating.”
It helps that date nights are BYOB, too. The Culinary Playground has been offering Couples Cooking workshops once a month on a Saturday night since the fall. The class sizes are small and accommodate four couples.
It’s not exactly a demo class, Chinosi said, but chef Bryan Philbrook walks the couples through the entire meal. He goes into detail about the ingredients and guides couples (foodies and non-cooks alike) through the process.
“Everyone comes with a different background with food and experience in the kitchen,” Chinosi said.
Each class features a themed three-course menu, which changes each month. On Saturday, April 26, couples will be preparing a Caribbean cuisine menu, with tropical salad, jerk chicken and sweet plantains.
Then in May, it’s “Dinner in Tuscany,” with braised beef, creamy polenta and chocolate hazelnut biscotti on the menu.
Couples share the work to prepare the meal. While some groups prefer to eat while they cook, others plan to have one big dinner at the end of the class. Some couples take the meal to-go.
The classes aren’t just for sweethearts, either.
“We’ve definitely had a combination of couples — mother and daughter, a couple of friends come together. Any pair of two,” Chinosi said.
“We’re thrilled that it has been popular,” Chinosi said. “We’ve sold out the past couple of months. If it continues to grow, we’ll certainly add additional classes.”
As seen in the April 17, 2014 issue of the Hippo.