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Adults can have fun, too, at the Culinary Playground in Derry. Courtesy photo.




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The Culinary Playground also offers a dinner prep workshop each month. During Feed the Family workshops, participants prepare four nutritious meals with five to six servings each. Each workshop includes a menu with one meal for the crockpot, a casserole, a vegetarian meal and a stove-top or baked meal. 
What participants love most, owner Kristen Chinosi said, is that they don’t have to do the research, shopping or clean-up; just prep once and make later. 
Feed the Family is also BYOB, and costs $135 per person (includes ingredients, materials and instruction).
“It is a really fun social time,” Chinosi said. “What makes the class attractive is we want to do these things but don’t have the time, and socializing with our girlfriends [is one of them].”
The next Feed the Family class is on Sunday, May 5, from 4 to7 p.m. 
Visit culinary-playground.com.
 
Couples Cooking
When: Offered one Saturday each month. Upcoming classes include: Caribbean Cuisine on Saturday, April 26
Dinner in Tuscany on Saturday, May 24
Packed Picnic Basket on Saturday, June 14
All classes run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Culinary Playground, 16 Manning St., Derry
Cost: $150 per couple, advance registration required
Visit: culinary-playground.com




Couples can cook
A night out at the Culinary Playground

04/17/14
By Emelia Attridge eattridge@hippopress.com



 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.





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