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A student plates chicken and asparagus during a Cooking Confidential workshop at Colby Hill Inn. Courtesy photo.




Cooking Confidential

When: Upcoming classes on Mondays, March 3, March 31, and April 14, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Colby Hill Inn, 33 The Oaks, Henniker
Cost: $125 per person, includes hands-on cooking instruction, chef jacket, recipes and three-course dinner with wine. Participants may receive a reduced rate to stay at the inn that night.
Visit: colbyhillinn.com, or call 428-3281 to register




Learn to cook like the pros
Colby Hill Inn’s Cooking Confidential classes

02/27/14



 Colby Hill Inn in Henniker opens its kitchen each winter for a behind-the-scenes look during its Cooking Confidential hands-on workshops. Guests learn a few tricks of the trade, pick up some recipes and savor their work with a wine dinner.

“It’s not like going to culinary school where you’re getting a grade. You are learning, but you’re having fun and eating. If you make it too serious, people get intimidated,” innkeeper Cynthia Cobb said. “We try to keep it fun and interesting.”
Cobb said they first got the idea for the cooking classes as a gift certificate offer for the holidays. 
“We wanted to provide something that was a little different,” she said. 
The workshops are held on select Monday evenings during the winter when the inn’s restaurant is closed. Each class is limited to eight people so guests get to work closely with Executive Chef Devin Clark. Clark gives an overview of kitchen basics, including proper knife skills, followed by a cooking demonstration. Participants then follow instructions to make the dishes that will be their own three-course wine dinner. Clark and the group then get to enjoy their labors with the dining room all to themselves.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie afterwards,” Cobb said. “We actually have a server, so they don’t have to serve or clear or do their own dishes. That’s the fun part; they get to cook, but they don’t have to clean up.”
Mason Cobb, Cynthia Cobb’s husband and co-owner of Colby Hill Inn, usually joins the dinner party with wine pairings.
Since the Cooking Confidential classes began eight years ago, Cynthia Cobb said they have their own following of repeat guests, or guests who bring a friend or two the next time.
“The other thing that this has evolved into which is pretty cool is using it as corporate entertainment or business retreat,” she said. “We’ve had a couple of corporate and team building events, but it really evolved from the cooking class.” 
 
As seen in the February 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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