There’s a new way to lunch in town that comes complete with demonstrations and recipes.
Seasonally Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center rolls out classes, but when the summer lineup was recently announced and registration opened there was an addition — a brand new lunch series.
The “Let’s Do Lunch!” hour-long classes promise a three-course meal that can be enjoyed while the recipes are demonstrated. Attendees get instruction, recipes and get to enjoy the food while they learn. Coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water will be available, as well as a paired wine that can be purchased by the glass or bottle.
The first class on July 9 will be an herb party with a menu packed with flavor — arugula with Parmesan, pepitas, currants, and quinoa; ginger-soy flank steak with basil, mint, and cilantro, and key lime bars with sweet summer herbs.
Inspiration for a summer picnic will be the focus on July 23 with a sweet corn, tomato and spinach salad with blue cheese starting things off followed by a spicy fried chicken sandwich with spicy-sweet butter and pickles, and peach cobbler for dessert.
The Aug. 6 lunch will focus on rich, southern flavors with pimento cheese grits, jalapeño peach chicken and banana pudding parfaits for dessert.
The last summer class will be a “Lighthouse Lunch” on Aug. 27 featuring clam chowder, lobster rolls and Old Bay potato chips. and Whoopie Pies. All of the classes are $30 a person and start at noon with instruction from Chef Carrie Walters, Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Director.
From now until the end of August the Culinary Center has 30 different classes on the docket, many of them already with waiting lists, that cater to everyone from novice cooks to experienced home chefs. There are also classes for young children who have an interest in cooking. The full list of classes can be found at www.dorothylane.com/classes/class.
The idea of lunching — and lunching well — has been a focus recently in the DLM newsletter with a look at the art of the French picnic.
“The French have always loved to eat outside and with the arrival of warmer weather, we’re taking a cue from these culinary icons, dining al fresco .... French food in particular is so well suited for picnics, including ones right here in southwest Ohio. The basic elements are bread, cheese, charcuterie, fruits, crudités, and summer beverages.”
In the newsletter Walters shares her picnic-perfect sandwich — pan bagnat.
”Pan Bagnat is the iconic French make-ahead sandwich that’s perfect for outdoor eating. Think Salade Niçoise, but in sandwich form. We love making it on our DLM French Boule, but you also can build this luscious Provençal French-style sandwich on our DLM Artisan French Baguette or Ciabatta,” writes Walters. “From there, a good quality tuna packed in oil partners up with the flavors within, melding with the sliced egg, ripe tomato, olive tapenade, and slivered onion. The magic happens though when it’s made ahead of time, even overnight. Wrap it tightly before refrigerating so that all of the flavors can beautifully mingle to season the sandwich.”
Credit: Dorothy Lane Market
Credit: Dorothy Lane Market
She lists the full recipe at https://www.dorothylane.com/recipes/pan-bagnat as well as links to her perfect side dishes — a French-style potato and green bean salad and a celery root salad.
Right now DLM is offering 15% off French picnic fare online at https://shop.dorothylane.com/Category/FoodExplorer as part of its monthly Food Explorer Series which celebrates a new destination each time the calendar page turns. The discount applies to French cheeses, cookies, teas, soups, grilled cheese kits, crackers and jams throughout the month of June.
As someone who loves a good lunch outdoors or being fed while learning about food, DLM’s recipes and recommendations, as well as new lunchtime classes are immensely appreciated.
Throughout the year DLM is a great source of inspiration for new food and cooking, but their vision for summer this year has me saying — C’est Magnifique!
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