Hal’s Kitchen – Cooking with Love

Hal's Kitchen

Hal’s Kitchen – Cooking with Love

From the start I knew this was to going be a special night at Hal’s Kitchen. Walking into Hal’s Kitchen’s Valentine’s Day cooking class, guests were greeted with elegant table settings complemented by beautiful red flower arrangements and sweet place cards. The mood was set for a night of ‘cooking with love.’

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I must admit, as the only person sans partner, I felt just a touch out of place among couples who had found a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, Cyndi Sterne’s, owner of Hal’s Kitchen, gracious welcome and the warmth of her staff made me feel as though I was at a party with friends. Cyndi’s fiancé was even on hand to lend a hand.

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A lovely Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, poured by Romani, was a perfect beginning to networking and light appetizer nibbles.

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In anticipation of taking an active role in preparing the meal, guests watched as Cyndi demonstrated a few knife safety techniques. With help from Cyndi, Chef Juan Carlos, the staff and each other (!) guests formed teams that would each create a part of the meal.

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Hal’s Kitchen Valentine’s Day Menu:
Tarte Flambee with Cashel Blue Cheese and Figs
Raviolo with Ricotta Cream in Pancetta Brodo
Arugula and Lobster Salad
Entree of Coffee Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Aux Poivre, Roasted Asparagus, and Potato Tartiflette Nutella Lava Cakes with Kerrygold Irish Cream Gelato

Each course was paired with a perfect wine accompaniment. The Tarte Flambee with Cashel Blue Cheese and Figs was amazing. The pastry was flaky, the melted blue cheese added a wonderful foil to the sweet figs.

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Although all the dishes were tasty, my OMG was the Nutella Lava Cakes with Kerrygold Irish Cream Gelato. I wish you could have been there when the Lava Cakes came out of the oven. The chocolate aroma was heavenly. There was a perfect liquid chocolate to cake ratio and the gelato added the over the top touch. It was a feat in discipline not to lick the plate clean.

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If cooking classes are meant to let you have fun while you learn a new skill or two, Cyndi and her staff exceeded expectations. Guests, including this author, had a great time!

One might say that Hal’s Kitchen, named after Cyndi’s dad, is an on-going tribute to a father-daughter Valentine. In addition to cooking classes, Hal’s Kitchen offers corporate team building.

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Toby Bloomberg is co-founder of Diva Foodies, which focuses on helping culinary companies, foodpreneurs, chefs and cookbook authors grow business through digital and social media offerings. Connect with her on Twitter @DivaFoodies.

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