Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cookology FAQ

Hello all you LoCo Foodies!

Thanks to all of you new foodie friends for checking us out in the Washington Post article. For those who are new to the blog and to our mailing list, we want to tell you a little more about ourselves.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: I see you offer basic skills, 101-style and beginner classes. Do you offer anything for those of us who have some experience in the kitchen?
A: Yes! Cookology has advanced skills classes as well. We have several offerings, including Mind of a Chef (to teach you about taste combinations, food and wine pairing, plating and creative dish conception), Advanced Gourmet Skills (like creating versatile homemade sauces and mastering French techniques) and Advanced Baking Skills classes (to practice tricky dishes like complicated pastries and souffles). These advanced courses are not only for adults but also for teens. (Oh and we do actually pair truffles with barolo wine!)

Q: Do you ever have "celeb" chef classes?
A: We host regular guest chefs at Cookology. Daniele Catalani, Exec Chef from from Panache (formerly of the Washington institution Galileo) came in to show students how to create five authentic pasta dishes from scratch in March, and has two classes in April. Steve Mannino (former Exec Chef at Olives in DC and Todd English protege) is teaching a Spring Pastas workshop at the end of this month. Mary Watson is our staff sommelier. She has 22 Wine Spectator Awards and was featured in The Sommeliers Guide to Restaurants in America. She joins us weekly for wine tastings, and holds special wine and food pairings courses every month. Read more about Mary and view her videos on tasting.

Q: Who teaches your regular classes?
A: We have two in-house chefs that teach our classes. Both are professionally trained (Ian Douglass at CIA in Hyde Park and Tabetha Martinez, valedictorian of her Le Cordon Bleu class), and have real restaurant experience in fine establishments across the country.

Q: Do you give out your recipes? What if I can't remember how to make the meal at home?
A: We will definitely give you a recipe at the end of each class so you can recreate your masterpiece at home. Even better, during each session our instructors breakdown the mystery behind the ingredients by showing you how to create simple variations on the dish and how to come up with your own great taste combinations at home.

Q: Do you offer anything other than cooking classes? What if I want to have a private cooking party?
A: Of course! We have a full professional kitchen and large dining area to accommodate nearly any special event. We frequently schedule private adult parties (including cooking classes and special menu and wine tastings) and fun birthday parties for kids. We also offer team building courses for your professional team. Also be sure to check out our retail section for great products from Chantal, Bambu, Revol and more!

Have more questions for us? Want to schedule your birthday party or corporate event? Shoot us an e-mail to info (at) or give us a call at 703.433.1909.

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