Welcome to Cape Fear Food & Wine Club!

The Seasoned Gourmet has been teaching cooking classes for over 20 years. The ever-growing interest in all things food and wine led to the forming of the Cape Fear Food & Wine Club, back in July of 2011, to continue serving the needs of home cooks, foodies, and wine lovers living in and visiting the Wilmington area. We offer many unique events for members and their guests, including cooking classes, wine pairing classes, premium wine dinners, and free members-only events throughout the year.

Members also get to enjoy exclusive discounts from our host, The Seasoned Gourmet. Enjoy a 10% discount during classes that you attend. There’s also a special members-only discount wine during events - 15% off 6 or more bottles and 20% off 12 or more bottles.

To reserve a seat in class or to join the Club, click on "reserve now" next to the desired class, or call 910-256-9488, or stop by The Seasoned Gourmet.
 

Now Accepting Reservations!




Saturday, October 20th 2-4 PM Kid's Halloween Party with Ashley Wixon!!! $40

This class includes a generous sampling of the menu items prepared in class
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This class includes food to go.

No tricks here, only treats!!!  Halloween is here!!  Learn how to make an assortment of Halloween treats perfect for any party or family members to enjoy.  There will be arts and crafts.  Costumes aren't required but there may be a few prizes for those that dress up :)


Capacity: 20 Guests
When reserving class, a parent is required to become  a member of Cape Fear Food and Wine Club. If not currently a member,  the fees for membership are $25.00 for the calendar year or $5.00 temporary membership covering the month of class attending.  If you have any questions, please call us at 910-256-9488. 

 Please let us know if your child has any allergies or restrictions and we will accommodate needs accordingly.


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Sunday, October 21st @ 3PM Carolina Shrimp and Grits with Susan Dietsch $60

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Carolina Shrimp and Grits!!!

Join us for this Carolina coastal supper starting with a composed salad of warm roasted root vegetables, toasted pecans, cool greens, creamy cheese, and a warm bacon vinaigrette. Learn how easy it is to make shrimp stock to create a lovely velouté sauce to accompany local shrimp and native blue corn grits from South Carolina. Finish with pumpkin pots de crème with cinnamon whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts. Recipes are naturally gluten-free; those with dairy sensitivities can be accommodated if you inform us when you reserve.





Capacity: 24 Guests

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Tuesday, October 23rd @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant will be joining us again this evening.  We are grateful to have him.  

Smoked Snapper (or similar fish) Collar Rillettes with crème fraiche, shaved celery, IPA pickles, watercress, and togarashi

 
 
 
Pan roasted snapper with wilted greens, sweet corn and crab Carolina Gold Middlins Risotto, local roasted pepper salad, and salmoriglio

 
 
 
Warm pear and apricot crisp with honey-maple ice cream, pecans, and bee pollen





Capacity: 30 Guests

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Sunday, October 28th @ 5:30 PM Sunday Family-style Dinner with Annemarie! $55

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Come have Sunday dinner with Annemarie!!
Today Annemarie is inviting your family to her Sunday Family Dinner.  Guests will come and have a wonderful dinner - all served family-style.  Learn how to cook her favorite meals while you eat until you can't take another delicious bite.  The menu for today:

Fresh Italian Green Salad

Meatballs and Sausage with Pasta

Warm Buttery Bread

Pumpkin Love Cake



Capacity: 20 Guests

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Thursday, November 1st @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Sam Cahoon of Savorez $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

 
Chef Sam Cahoon of SAVOREZ will be joining us this evening. Experience his twist on Panamanian flavors!  Chef Sam Cahoon of SAVOREZ will be joining us this evening. Experience his twist on Panamanian flavors!   The menu for the evening: 


“S.A.M. Ceviche”- Sweet Potato-Apple-Mango Ceviche in a Citrus Coconut Marinade


“The Three Little Pigs” - Mojo Pork Loin w/ Black Bean-Bacon Purée, Crispy Pork Belly- Two Bean Salsa, Arugula, Carrot Escabeche


Cinnamon dusted Churros “Holes” w/ Dulce De Leche, Espresso Whipped Cream, Cherry-Lime Curd
 





 

 


Capacity: 28 Guests

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Sunday, November 4th 1-3 PM Holiday Appetizer Class with Annemarie!! $65

This class includes a generous sampling of the menu items prepared in class
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.

Annemarie is back this holiday season treating us to her holiday appetizer class!!!  This is a hands-on class and guests will break into groups and make delicious appetizer perfect for any holiday gathering.  The menu for today is:



Loaded Cheese ball Bites

Triple Cheese and Shrimp or Chicken Wonton Cups

Cranberry BBQ Sauce Turkey Sliders

Steak Towers

Stuffed Baby Peppers

This class is highly requested and will fill quickly.  Reserve early!

Capacity: 20 guests

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Tuesday, November 6th @ 6:30 PM Fall Wine Pairing Dinner Series with Gwen Gulliksen and Mike Summerlin: Madeleine Kamman Tribute French Dinner $70

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.
Wine is included with this event.

Please join me in honoring Madeleine Kamman, my mentor, teacher and dear friend, who passed away this summer. She was a culinary great and is greatly missed in the culinary world. This dinner is dedicated to her and features her delicious recipes for you to enjoy.



Nibble
Duck Confit - Thinly sliced Duck Breast on Crostini garnished with a Sauce featuring Apples

First Course

Madeleine’s Rich Onion Soup

 

Second Course

Provencal Lasagna with Caramelized Ratatouille & Goat Cheese

 

Third Course

Roasted Chicken with Mustard Currant Sauce

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Hazelnuts & Sage

Etuveéd Red Cabbage

 

Fourth Course

Great Grandmother JJ’s Cheese Tart with Raspberries




Capacity: 20 Guests

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Wednesday, November 7th @ 6:30 PM Wednesday is Italian Day with Annemarie !$65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Annemarie has a treat in store for you this evening!  Look at this menu!

Starter
Creamy White Bean and Sausage Soup

Entrée
Veal Saltimbocca - tender pieces of Veal pounded thin, stuffed with Prosciutto and Sage leaves, rolled and sauteed until tender.  Veal will be be presented on a bed of Fettuccine and garnished with a rich Mushroom-Veal Demi-Glace.   

Dessert
Decadent Tiramisu Trifle



Capacity: 16 Guests

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Thursday, November 8th @ 6:30 PM Fall Wine Series with Mike Summerlin of Port City Wine Education $15

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Wine is included with this event.

Welcome to Session III of our Fall Wine Education Series with Mike Summerlin.  Please keep in mind, Mike's classes encompass different concepts each time, so you don't have to attend a previous class to enjoy the evening!



Capacity: 16 Guests

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Friday, November 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM A Class-y Organic Thanksgiving with Susan Dietsch! $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Join us for this event that is a dinner party with the perks of a cooking class! Mingle with Susan in the kitchen or talk with your mates over a glass of wine, enjoy a delicious meal, and take the recipes home to inspire new holiday traditions. Begin with some appetizers plus bread and compound butters served family-style. Then enjoy Sage-Brined Roast Turkey, Herbed Antebellum Yellow Cornbread Dressing, Sage Hasselback Yukon Gold Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, and Cranberry Orange Hazelnut Chutney for our entrée. Say bye-bye to your usual holiday pie when you try the delicious Mile High Sweet Potato Meringue Pie Susan is serving for dessert. Come hungry! Recipes are naturally gluten-free.





Capacity: 24 Guests

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Sunday, November 11th 12-2 PM Hosting the Perfect Holiday Brunch with Chef Jennifer Wright $65

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This event includes a full meal.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and many of us will be hosting family and friends.  Today, Chef Jennifer Wright will offer some fantastic recipes and suggestions to present an amazing Brunch!  Guests will break into groups and make some of the items during class. When all is prepared, guests will enjoy a wonderful Brunch. Holiday- themed Mimosas and Bellinis will be offered for purchase by the glass.  The menu will be:

Tea biscuits with gingerbread butter

Cinnamon sugar coated pancake muffins 

Prosciutto baked egg cups

Dill smoked salmon quiches with Phyllo crust

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

                                                               Apple rose tarts



Capacity: 16 Guests


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Tuesday, November 13th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch Restaurant $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Keith Rhodes returns this evening with what will be a wonderfully, fresh and delicious menu chosen by the Chef himself.  Because he relies on the freshest products available, he lets us know the menu within 24-48 hours of service.   Chef Rhodes has a very busy schedule and we are lucky to have him!  If you have any food allergies, please let us know upon registration and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Capacity: 30 Guests

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Wednesday, November 14th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Bud Taylor of the Bistro at Topsail! $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

We are very excited to welcome Chef Bud Taylor of The Bistro at Topsail!  He has a very busy schedule, but will be with us twice during our Fall/Winter Session. Here is a little bit about Chef Bud:

 

Inspired by his childhood spent in the kitchen cooking with his family, Chef Bud Taylor incorporates Southern and Coastal ingredients and flavors into his cuisine. Having spent years in the marketing and design world, Chef Bud is a self-taught chef and has never attended culinary school.

 

Chef Bud currently serves as the executive chef and owner of the Bistro at Topsail, a fine-dining farm to table restaurant holding the recent distinctions of Open Table’s 2016 Diners Choice award, Open Table’s 2017 Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, Wine Spectator’s 2018 Award of Excellence and Winner of The James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Blended Burger Project. The Bistro is located in the heart of Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu with a focus on North Carolina product and high quality ingredients, many of which are grown on Executive Chef and Owner Bud Taylor’s farm in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. 

Menu details coming soon!!!  Reserve your seat early and help us welcome Chef Bud to our kitchen!!

Capacity: 28 Guests

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Saturday, November 17th 2-5 PM Kid's Thanksgiving Dinner with Ashley Wixon! $45

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This event includes a full meal.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Today guests will enjoy a full, Thanksgiving Dinner!  The turkey will be prepared before guests arrive, but all will work together to make all the fixins such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, creamy mashed potatoes and pie.  Everyone is certain to leave with a full belly!



Ages 5 and up.  When reserving class, a parent is required to become  a member of Cape Fear Food and Wine Club. If not currently a member,  the fees for membership are $25.00 for the calendar year or $5.00 temporary membership covering the month of class attending.  If you have any questions, please call us at 910-256-9488. 

 Please let us know if your child has any allergies or restrictions and we will accommodate needs accordingly.

Capacity: 16 Guests

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Tuesday, November 20th @ 6:30 PM. At the Chef's Table with Chef Ramon Villasenor of Los Portales and Tequila Comida and Cantina $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Ramon is back for his second visit during this Fall session.  We are so excited to have him!  He recently opened his second restaurant, Tequila Comida and Cantina and is a very busy man.  He found time to come back and visit. Chef Ramon serves fresh, delicious absolutely authentic Mexican Cuisine.  His past classes have been fantastic!  Menu details to be announced soon!



Capacity: 24 Guests

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Sunday, November 25th @ 5:30 PM Sunday Family-style Dinner with Annemarie! $55

Annemarie is back with us today for her second Sunday Family Dinner!!!!  She invites your family to enjoy an Old-fashioned,  Sunday dinner that your Grandmother would cook.  The menu for this evening will be:


 

Deliciously Fresh Harvest Green Salad

Homemade Chicken Parmagiana with Cavatappi Pasta

Warm Buttery Bread

Grandma's Favorite Apple Cake with Gelato

Capacity: 20 Guests

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Tuesday, November 27th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant will be joining us this evening for his third presentation during our Fall Session.  We are grateful to have him.  The menu for this evening will be announced soon.  Chef Dean's classes fill quickly, reserve early.




Capacity: 30 Guests

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Friday, November 30th @ 6:30 PM Cannoli Class with Annemarie!! $65

This class includes a generous sampling of the menu items prepared in class
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

It's Annemarie's Cannoli Class!!!  It is time to learn how to make Annemarie's famous Cannolis! This is absolutely a guest favorite!  This class is hands-on and guests will make the cannoli shells and filling.  Annemarie will serve lite bites throughout the class so that you don't get hungry.  Guests will take home their finished cannolis to share with friends and family.  Reserve early!!  Seats will fill!!!



Capacity: 20 guests

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00pm Festive Gluten-Free Treats with Susan Dietsch $50

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Join us for a lesson in using alternative flours (or no flour at all!) to yield delicious sweet treats.  Work with Susan to create Double Dark-Chocolate Pecan Flourless Cookies, Zucchini-Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins made with a blend of gluten-free flours, and Grain-free Buckwheat Gingerbread cookies in assorted shapes, all of which make great gifts!  Learn how to make royal icing and use a piping bag and tips it to decorate the gingerbread cookies.  Take home some of each of these goodies, plus some bonus recipes!









Capacity: 16 Guests

 

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Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:30 PM. Fall Wine Series with Mike Summerlin of Port City Wine Education $15

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Wine is included with this event.

Welcome to Session IV of our Fall Wine Education Series with Mike Summerlin.  Please keep in mind, Mike's classes encompass different concepts each time, so you don't have to attend a previous class to enjoy the evening!



Capacity: 16 Guests

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Wednesday, December 5th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Bud Taylor of the Bistro at Topsail! $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

This is the second visit from Chef Bud Taylor of The Bistro at Topsail!  He will help us welcome the holidays this season! Here is a little bit about Chef Bud:

 

Inspired by his childhood spent in the kitchen cooking with his family, Chef Bud Taylor incorporates Southern and Coastal ingredients and flavors into his cuisine. Having spent years in the marketing and design world, Chef Bud is a self-taught chef and has never attended culinary school.

 

Chef Bud currently serves as the executive chef and owner of the Bistro at Topsail, a fine-dining farm to table restaurant holding the recent distinctions of Open Table’s 2016 Diners Choice award, Open Table’s 2017 Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, Wine Spectator’s 2018 Award of Excellence and Winner of The James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Blended Burger Project. The Bistro is located in the heart of Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu with a focus on North Carolina product and high quality ingredients, many of which are grown on Executive Chef and Owner Bud Taylor’s farm in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. 

Menu details coming soon!!!  Reserve your seat early!

Capacity: 28 Guests

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Thursday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Sam Cahoon of Savorez $70 Happy Holidays!!!

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Sam Cahoon of SAVOREZ will be joining us this evening.  This will be his holiday dinner! Experience his twist on Panamanian flavors!  Keep an eye out for menu updates soon to come!





Capacity: 28 Guests

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Friday, December 7th @ 6:30 PM Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner Series with Gwen Gulliksen and Mike Summerlin: Global Holiday Dinner $75

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.
Wine is included with this event.

Gwen, Mike and The Seasoned Gourmet want to celebrate the holidays with you this evening!  Each of the courses represent a holiday specialty from a different region.  We hope you enjoy this amazing pairing and have a fantastic holiday season!

Menu:

First Course

Mexican Turkey Picadillo Tamales

 

Second Course

Scandinavian Creamy Potato Bake

 

Third Course

Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes Ciappino

 

Fourth Course

Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

 

Fifth Course

French Bûche de Noel






Capacity: 20 Guests

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Sunday, December 9th 1-3 PM Baking a Traditional Yule Log (Buche de Noel) with Chef Jennifer Wright of Port City Cheesecakes $65

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Back by popular demand!!!

Come learn how to make a beautiful Yule Log for the holidays!!!  Chef Jennifer will show you how to make a few different flavors and guests will bake and decorate their own mini version!  You will learn how to make meringue mushrooms and other garnishes to decorate your creation.  Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.  Happy Holidays!!!




Capacity: 16 Guests

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Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch Restaurant $70 Happy Holidays!

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

This evening will be Chef Rhodes Holiday Dinner!! Chef Keith Rhodes returns this evening with what will be a wonderfully, fresh and delicious menu chosen by the Chef himself.  Because he relies on the freshest products available, he lets us know the menu within 24-48 hours of service.   Chef Rhodes has a very busy schedule and we are lucky to have him!  If you have any food allergies, please let us know upon registration and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Capacity: 30 Guests

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Saturday, December 15th 2-4 PM Santa's Cookies with Ashley Wixon!!$40

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Happ Holidays!!!
This afternoon guests will be making cookies for Santa(and friends and Family). The menu for today will be sugar cookies, gingerbread men and individual candy cane cakes.  Guests will have plenty to take home.  Snacks and hot chocolate will be served and we will even have time to write letters to Santa. 
This class will fill quickly, don't wait too long to reserve!


Ages 5 and up.  When reserving class, a parent is required to become  a member of Cape Fear Food and Wine Club. If not currently a member,  the fees for membership are $25.00 for the calendar year or $5.00 temporary membership covering the month of class attending.  If you have any questions, please call us at 910-256-9488. 

 Please let us know if your child has any allergies or restrictions and we will accommodate needs accordingly.

Capacity: 16 Guests


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Tuesday, December 18th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant $70

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant will be joining us this evening for his holiday presentation.  We are grateful to have him.  The menu for this evening will be announced soon.  Chef Dean's classes fill quickly, reserve early.




Capacity: 30 Guests

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Friday, December 28th @ 6:30 PM New Year Dinner with Annemarie! $75

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Celebrate the New Year  with us!!!!  Annemarie has planned the perfect dinner to welcome 2019!

Starter
Tortellini sauteed with baby peas and prosciutto dressed in a nutmeg cream topped with Grated Parmesan

Entree
Beef Tenderloin 'Rosa de Parma - Whole Beef Tenderloin butterflied and stuffed with Prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano, rolled, tied and rubbed with Sage, Rosemary and Garlic.  The masterpiece is roasted to perfection for a memorable holiday celebration.  Entree served with Potato and Vegetable Du Jour

Dessert
Italian Love Cake with Mint Ganache and Chocolate Mascarpone Whipped Topping



Capacity: 16 Guests

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