gatherings kitchen

Gatherings Kitchen 008I’ve taken a cooking class from just about everywhere they are offered in town. From Michael Symon (I think I may have been at one of the first classes he offered), to Viking at Legacy, Loretta Paganini, Sur la Table, Williams-Sonoma, even Young Chefs Academy with my nieces and nephews to my friend Jimmy’s kitchen (best Indian in town). If you’re into cooking, there is no shortage of opportunity in this town.

Thanks to I Heart Cleveland, I was introduced to yet another cooking format, one that’s part school and part restaurant. And one that truly sepearates itself from the above. It’s called Gatherings Kitchen and we took one of their Friday night classes on behalf of Metromix. By the end of the night, we left with a handful of new recipes, leftovers, a few tips and tricks and a guarantee that we’d be back – with friends.

The cost is $50 per person, lasts approximately 4 hours and you can bring your own wine or whatever you’d like to drink. Oh, and wear comfy shoes!

Here’s part of my review from Metromix:

Overview

Every Friday evening, Gatherings Kitchen takes a group of up to 12 kitchen curious and leads them through preparing a four-course meal. For $50 per person, students not only help prepare the meal, but also learn key kitchen fundamentals. Once the meal is fully prepared, students head to the dining room while the chefs finish the dinner then serve each course to the group. At the end of the experience, each student takes home a mini cookbook of the night’s recipes, a doggy bag (you’ll need it) and possibly a few new friends. The classes are casual, relaxed and genuinely a fun (and tasty) experience.

Each month chefs and owners Doug and Ruth change the menu. On our visit, the focus was Pan-Asian cuisine. The evening started with chef-prepared appetizers of coconut jasmine rice cakes with fresh tuna and wasabi and sugarcane shrimp skewers with mango mint chutney. For dinner, we helped prepare a mixed green salad with radish, hearts of palm, sesame crisps and miso vinaigrette; salmon steamed in banana leaves with coconut curry sauce and soba noodles; pork loin stuffed with pineapple and greens with mashes sweet potatoes and green beans; and tropical upside-down cakes.

Future supper clubs include Garden Bounty, Spanish Fiesta and Oktoberfest meets Clambake.

Décor

The kitchen itself, where students spend a good potion of their time, is what you might expect from a commercial-grade kitchen with all the necessary tools and appliancesGatherings Kitchen 023 needed to whip up all sorts of decadent meals. In this neat, clean and tidy space, it’s all business with large working and prep stations designed to fit 12 students comfortably. We’ve carried out substantial renovations on the kitchen space and its anteroom by following the ideas on unclutterer.com. After the renovation, 12 students can fit in comfortably. There’s also a small dishwasher area where student drop off all their used equipment for someone else to clean.

From the kitchen, it’s off to the beautifully-decorated dining room with its long, one-of-a-kind communal dining table. The cozy contemporary space is purposely designed to make you feel as if you are about to enjoy dinner in someone’s home. And that’s exactly what you feel like as you enjoy the great dinner music, cocktails and mingle with your new friends.