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Sharpen your chef skills with DLM cooking classes

Christmas is over, but there’s still time to hit a home run for the foodie in your life.

The DLM Culinary Center has just released its full slate of classes through May of next year — 50 in all — and there are some doozies. Choosing one of these for a special date night or night out with friends is giving the gift of food and memories.

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“Experience gifting is a great alternative to that boring sweater or tie. The gift of a cooking class, wine and food event, or a dinner at the Culinary Center would be a welcome surprise for the foodie in your life,” said Peggy Neary, manager of the DLM Culinary Center. “You’ll find an array of classes, events and dinners in our winter and spring schedule. Venture through the cold months with us for the best of comfort food classes, food and wine pairing classes and a special over-the-top, Valentine’s Day food and wine dinner.”

The DLM Culinary Center classes are truly spectacular and provide a great education on baking and braising, chopping, flipping and all things cooking-related, while giving guests the opportunity to eat a meal and often sip on some vino.

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“We’ll explore the wine and food of the French Alps, Eastern Europe, Spain and Italy. We’ll welcome the changing of seasons with the freshest foods and entertaining ideas. We think sharing food is at the heart of every occasion, so join us for the education or just the fun because the love of food and each other brings us together,” said Neary.

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We don’t have room to print the impressive list of everything they have rolled out, but here are some highlights of the list they have released. If a cooking class sounds like the answer to your gifting question, head to www.dorothylane.com/classes. Be sure to buy soon as many of these sell out fast. 

FOR THOSE LOOKING TO START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

Jan. 11: Off to a Great Start!

If you’d like to start the new year off with a healthful eating plan but are confused by which plan is right for you, or if you just need a little help discovering how to go about eating healthier — this class may help. Julia Hoy will discuss the many diet trends such as the Keto Diet and The Whole 30 Plan. She’ll also give you helpful hints about how to start eating a lower-carb diet. She’ll demonstrate a few recipes that will surprise you with their great flavor and nutritious benefits. Pesto muffins, chicken Alfredo, cilantro lime shrimp burgers and frozen orange cream bites. ($45)

Chef Carrie Walters leads a DLM cooking class in early December. CONTRIBUTED/ALEXIS LARSEN (Contributing Writer)

FOR THE SERIOUS HOME COOK

Jan. 23: Master Your Knife Skills

Would you like to learn how to execute various basic knife cuts and shapes, like the julienne, dice, brunoise, and others? Mastering these knife cuts can improve the quality of the food you cook. Chef Carrie Walters will explain the importance of how consistent cutting techniques ensure your food is cooked to a uniform degree of doneness, as well as enhance visual appeal. You will also learn how to select, wield, sharpen, and store knives. Bring your own chef’s knife or use ours. A discount on all knives will be offered the day of class. A small appetizer plate will be served. ($75)

FOR THE COOKING SHOW FAN

Feb. 1: Cook the Show; The Kitchen

This Popular Food Network show highlights four super chefs: Jeff Mauro, Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian. We’ve chosen one recipe from each chef we think represents their individual cooking style. Join us for this class and enjoy these celebrity chefs’ recipes prepared by our staff. Katie Lee’s shaved Brussels sprouts salad with dates, manchego and almonds, Jeff Mauro’s Chicago Italian beef sandwich (pot roast style), Sunny Anderson’s creamy chicken succotash and Geoffrey Zakarian’s lemon meringue pie. This menu will be paired with wine. ($75)

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FOR YOUR BEST GIRLFRIEND

Feb. 7: Girls’ Night Out; Galentine’s Day

Grab a friend and join us for a pre-Valentine dinner with your bestie! Wine Educator Teresa Kearney will join Chef Carrie Walters and thoughtfully pair wine with each delicious course. Join us for the love of good friends, good food and wine. Pear and prosciutto carpaccio; lobster bisque; beef Wellington tarts and dark chocolate pavlova with raspberries. ($90)

FOR YOUR TRUE LOVE

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious food and wine pairing event at the Culinary Center. The evening will include a fabulous five-course menu prepared by Chef Carrie Walters. Wine will be paired with each course. The five-course menu will include: shrimp cocktail, classic wedge salad, lobster thermador, filet of beef au poivre and flourless chocolate cloud cake. Reservations must be pre-paid and made by Thursday, Feb. 7. Seating is limited. ($90)

FOR THE WINE LOVER

March 7: Regions of Italy Food & Wine

Join Mary Cooney and Wine Educator Teresa Kearney for an evening of the best of Italy! Together they will explore a few regions rich in Italian food history. Although ingredients and dishes vary by region, Italian cooks everywhere share the belief that the quality of ingredients is most important in cooking, rather than elaborate preparation. Teresa will compliment these dishes with perfect wine pairings. Sicilia: arancini with tomato sauce, Toscano: creamy white bean soup, Abruzzo: porchetta and roasted root vegetables with lemon gremolata sauce, Lazio: pasta alla carbonara, and Puglia: lemon olive oil cake with mascarpone whipped cream and fresh raspberries. ($90)

FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES A PARTY

March 8: Mardi Gras!

Join us for one of the most celebrated food and drink occasions with Iván and Susie Núñez! The Núñezes are known for their amazing dinner parties, complete with music, food, and drink. This Mardi Gras Celebration promises to bring a taste of New Orleans and a lot of fun to your evening! Cajun crab bites, Cajun chicken open faced canapé, lobster remoulade with avocado, shrimp gumbo over white rice, and bananas “foster.” This menu will be paired with wine. ($75)

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FOR THE KIDS

March 13: Junior Chefs’ Learning Kitchen

This class was inspired by one of Zebbie Borland’s favorite new books, “America’s Test Kitchen; The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs.” DLM’s young chefs will be busy in the DLM Culinary Center’s “test kitchen,” learning new culinary skills and gaining confidence in the kitchen creating delicious recipes. Hummus with crunchy veggies, creamy dreamy tomato soup, crispy veggie burgers and homemade granola bars. ($45)

Oysters Rockefeller is just one example of a dish you can learn to make at Dorothy Lane Market's Culinary Center.

FOR THE BRUNCH LOVER

March 26: Springtime Brunch

Upgrade your collection of brunch-able recipes with some of Bryn Mooth’s family favorites. And if you love the idea of eating breakfast for dinner, these dishes will make you happy, too. We’ll cover the sweet-savory spectrum in this delicious class. Sweet puff pancake with fruit, Grandma’s maple baked bacon, Mom’s cheese grits, spinach and mushroom strata, and Clara’s quick cinnamon coffee cake. We’ll toast all of this delicious food with Aperol spritz cocktails. ($75)

FOR A CELEBRATION

March 31: Easter Celebration Dinner

What could be more traditional than a beautiful lamb roast at the center of your Easter table? Join Mary Cooney as she walks you through how to prepare this most amazing feast featuring the best of springtime offerings. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and puff pastry, rosemary and thyme braised lamb shoulder, roasted Yukon gold potatoes with rosemary and thyme, blistered green beans with ricotta and lemon, fresh spinach salad with lemon-orange dressing, and Torta Della Nonna; a buttery crust with custard filling topped with pine nuts. This hands-on couples’ class menu will be paired with wine. ($135)

FOR THE SWEET EATER

May 7: Quick Elegant Desserts

Enjoy watching experienced Chefs Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis create elegant, upscale restaurant quality desserts that you’ll be able to recreate at home. They’ll show you the skills necessary to make these elegant but quick desserts for your next dinner party. You’ll impress your friends with these beautifully presented sweets. Lemon curd tartlets, torched Swiss meringue, chocolate and espresso mousse, coco crumb, shaved dark chocolate, olive oil cake, macerated blueberries and almonds, Cannolis, Ricotta and sweet Mascarpone filling, multiple garnishes. This menu will be paired with wine. ($75)

BECAUSE IT’S A HOT TICKET

May 24: Lobster 101

Join us for our traditional kick-off to summer Lobster Fest. Maine lobster is the sweetest, most flavorful lobster on earth and our friends from Portland’s Ready Seafood will be here once again to host this popular class. You’ll learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this delicious crustacean. Full of great lobster tales, no pun intended, these folks are very entertaining and full of knowledge! Menu includes: Lobster rolls; decadent lobster thermidor, traditional boiled lobster, lobster pot pie, and blueberry shortcake with lemon curd. And of course, we will pair all of this delicious lobster with wine. ($90)

HOW TO GO

What: Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center

Where: 6161 Far Hills Ave., Centerville

More information: www.dorothylane.com/CulinaryCenter or 937-535-5696

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