Le Vallauris cooking demonstrations
Special to Palm Springs Sun
These casual and fun classes serve up a marvelous step-by-step three-course menu, which you get to enjoy at the conclusion. This is a delicious way to spend a Monday morning, learning extravagant French cooking that is broken down to simple steps you can follow at home.
The cooking demonstrations take place in an equally charming setting, with dappled sunlight streaming through the towering ficus trees that punctuate the space which Le Vallauris uses for special events such as this one.
On a recent Monday morning, I arrived at the lovely rear patio behind Le Vallauris to find five table rounds of 10 and a lively group of foodies talking excitedly. I learned that many of these lively gourmands have attended most of the monthly cooking demonstrations and have formed a kinship through the celebration and love of food.
There was a table of Smoke Tree residents organized by Roxie Engle. “I’ve attended all but one of the classes and I’ve been able to recreate the entire menus for guests at home,” said Engle. “You learn more than recipes, you learn technique, too, and that’s very important,” she added.
The monthly classes are geared to both neophytes and more experienced cooks. While atmosphere is one of warm conviviality, the informality belies the enthralling master class-calibre instruction by a widely respected veteran chef. The classes are led by Le Vallauris executive chef Jean Paul Lair and pastry chef Laurent Dellac, assisted by Javier Orozco.
On the Monday class I attended, the menu was surprisingly sophisticated and adventurous – sautéed foie gras with port wine and griotte cherry sauce; roasted sea bass in a potato crust with pinot beurre rouge over leeks and shitake mushrooms; and lemon cake with hazelnut crumble, citrus coulis and hazelnut ice cream. For only $55 per person, you get a terrific culinary lesson and are able to enjoy a fabulous and memorable lunch – a delicious win-win.
The next class is April 11th. Bon appétit.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month
Cost: $55 per person includes cooking demonstration, recipes and the meal afterward
Information: (760) 325-5059
You can visit Le Vallauris online at www.levallauris.com