Cooking with love: classes at SDLT
Cooking at home is a rich opportunity for bonding with friends and family, and it helps us cultivate an appreciation for local ingredients and sustainable agriculture. Yet today, many Americans have been relegated to the sidelines, indulging in the Food Network but actually consuming prepackaged fare. In his 2009 New York Times Magazine article “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch,” Michael Pollan writes:
Today the average American spends a mere 27 minutes a day on food preparation (another four minutes cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent cooking and cleaning up when Julia [Child] arrived on our television screens. It’s also less than half the time it takes to watch a single episode of “Top Chef” or “Chopped” or “The Next Food Network Star.” What this suggests is that a great many Americans are spending considerably more time watching images of cooking on television than they are cooking themselves — an increasingly archaic activity they will tell you they no longer have the time for.
One way to resist this cultural trend is to take a cooking class, and there are plenty of ways to get back into the kitchen around Boston. The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offers recreational classes, and Boston University holds seminars through their culinary arts program. Perhaps the perfect way to whet your appetite for cooking is at Sel de la Terre. Once a month, Long Wharf Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Knack and Natick Sous Chef Ben Lacy will invite you into the SDLT kitchens for a morning of intimate and encouraging instruction. After the class, participants will enjoy an exclusive meal prepared by chefs and the kitchen teams.
The cooking class series will commence on Saturday, February 6th,with a special Valentine’s Day-themed class focusing SDLT’s delightful chocolate fondant cake. (Bonus at Long Wharf: learn to make decadent truffles as well!) Take the class with your sweetie, or surprise them with your newly cultivated culinary skills on the 14th.
Classes are limited to 15 people, so reserve your spot soon!
Long Wharf: 11 a.m., $45 per guest (including brunch)
Natick: 10 a.m., $48 per guest (including brunch)