So, I know, I’m reporting a day late on the NYT Dining section. But it was a crazy day yesterday and today, in addition to the fact that the section wasn’t all that inspiring to me. The emphasis was on restaurants in the city and which ones are opening soon. But restaurants aren’t that big a deal to me. By the time I pay the babysitter and head into Manhattan, a night out to dinner can cost us some $300. Ouch! So I choose my moments carefully and don’t pay too much attention to the movements of celebrity chefs or overcrowded, overhyped restaurant openings.
However, there was an intriguing ad for the De Gustibus School, which is a culinary school in the city. My impression from their website is that less experienced cooks can attend classes there. They have a fantastic selection of classes and, while I was intrigued by most of them, there was one series that caught my attention: Strictly Seasonal and Farmer Friendly. One session features a “late-summer-harvest menu that is innovative, seasonal, and full of culinary surprises.” The second session teaches French technique and uses New England ingredients. The last session – yum! – includes “a plethora of seafood dishes all good in the fall and winter: lobster, oysters, scallops, etc.” WOW. And all for the bargain price of $255 per person for all three sessions. Which wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t just spent $700 on my NYU French class. Alas. I’ll be able to spell and pronounce bouillabaisse, but I won’t be able to cook it myself this year.
Lastly, they also offer a class on knife skills, which Adam will attest I need desperately.