Saturday, December 26, 2009

Did you receive a Cookology gift card or gift receipt this year?

Follow these instructions to redeem - it's easy!

1. Pick the class you want to sign up for by viewing our class schedule.

(You can browse classes by category on the left side of the page, or by date on the calendar. To view specific class descriptions and menus, click on the name of the class.)

2. Call us at (703) 433.1909 and let us know what class you'd like to take. We'll register you over the phone, and you'll receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration within minutes.

It's that simple! Have questions? Feel free to call us at (703) 433.1909 or send us an e-mail at info (at)

We look forward to cooking with you!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Healthy Cooking, Wine Edu, & Etiquette Classes in 2010!

To celebrate the New Year, Cookology’s January schedule features cooking classes focused on health and wellness, like our Healthy Meals at Home series, and sessions devoted to teaching students the basics of healthy cooking techniques. There are even special classes for vegetarians, vegans, and those restricted to gluten free diets!

We’ve also got a great lineup of classes on everything from basic skills like Chicken 101 to advanced classes for home chefs such as Cooking with Wine and Mastering Pastries.

All classes are hands-on and 2 hours long. For more information including menus and pricing, visit our registration site.

Check out some of January’s highlights:

Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions will be simple with these how-to guides on healthy eating. In each 2-hour session students will learn to make a quick, easy and healthy meal from scratch, plus learn tips and tricks on cutting calories and boosting flavor!

Saturday, Jan. 2; 2-4pm
New Year’s Resolution: add more fruits and veggies to your diet! This class will teach you how to make bold, flavorful Latin meals that are as healthy as they are delicious!
Grilled Adobo Rubbed Veggie Skewers with Dried Papaya-Mango Salsa
Snapper and Roasted Tomato Ceviche with Chili Dusted Popcorn
Mojo Chicken Breast with Spicy Black Bean Salsa

Learn to make tasty, healthy meals at home! We’re getting our inspiration from some of the most popular diets, then showing you how you can recreate the dishes at home with fantastic results.
Roasted Tilapia with Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Olives
Broccoli and Cheddar Frittatas
Chocolate Cherry Truffles

Provençal Chickpea Soup
Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Apricots
Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Almond Cookies)

Healthy Cooking Techniques
Saturday, Jan. 9; 2-4pm
Perfect your techniques and learn to cook healthy at home! This session will focus on grilling, braising, and sautéing for maximum flavor without the calories.

Cajun Grilled Shrimp with Grilled Corn Salsa

Chardonnay Braised Chicken with Braised Fennel

Sautéed Pork Loin with Red Grapes and Onions

Sunday, Jan. 10; 11am-1pm
Yes, desserts CAN be healthy! Our professional pastry chef will show you how to create three tasty dessert dishes that are easy on the waistline.
Tropical Dessert Pizza with a Cinnamon Crust
Poached Winter Fruits
Tropical Fruit Consomme

Food allergies and dietary restrictions don't mean the end of delicious, gourmet meals! In these sessions our professional chefs will teach students how to make the most out of the ingredients they use every day.

Sunday, Jan. 3; 5-7pm
Vegans can enjoy decadent, delicious cakes, too! Our professional pastry chef Brad Spates will teach you two make two versions from scratch.
Non Dairy Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
Non Dairy Almond Pound Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Monday, Jan. 11; 7-9pm
No wheat? No problem! Pastry chef Brad Spates will teach you how to make cakes that a safe for gluten free eaters.
Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Macaroons
Gluten Free Chocolate Torte with Berries

Cheers to 2010! For novice palettes and wine connoisseurs alike, these classes are devoted to the education and appreciation of fine wine.

Friday, Jan. 8; 7:30-9pm
Young wine prodigy Caser Varela will lead you through an interactive tasting of French and American chardonnays, merlots and cabernets. See how these varietals are the same across continents, and learn to spots the differences, too. Be ready for Cesar’s signature blind taste test at the end of class!

Friday, Jan. 22; 7:30-9pm
Calling all red wine lovers! Learn to tell your cabernets from your merlots in this engaging wine tasting session. Cesar has specifically chosen easy drinking red wines with low tannins – picks perfect for your next dinner or cocktail party!

Saturday, Jan. 23; 7-9pm
Raise a glass to great food and wine! In this hands-on cooking class our executive chef Ian Douglass will show you how to cook with wine using selections from Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Loudoun County’s original winery. Learn to how enhance the subtle flavors of ingredients using wine, how to pick sweet versus dry wines for dishes, and more!

New at Cookology!
Let our professional etiquette consultant teach you how to best foot forward whether at a dinner party, business networking event, or a first date! We'll cover topics like how to avoid mingle-phobia and the art of the graceful escape.

Saturday, Jan. 23; 11am-1pm
In this fun and engaging class you and your children will learn proper conduct at the table (whether at home, at friend's house or in a restaurant), plus the ABC's of proper dining, including formal table settings, silent service code, and more!

Thursday, Jan. 28; 7-9pm
First impressions really do last a lifetime! Let our professional etiquette consultant teach you how to make a successful entrance, initiate a conversation, give a proper introduction and much more.

Questions? Ideas for future classes? Send us an e-mail: info (at) or give us a call: (703) 433.1909.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Still searching for the perfect holiday gift?

We've got something for every foodie on your list: cooking classes, wine education courses, gift certificates, professional cookware gift baskets, gorgeous tabletop porcelain by Revol, and healthy, enamel coated cookware by Chantal, and a unique selection of exciting wines!

Cooking classes make great gifts!
Make sure your friends and family will be eating well all year long with the gift of great cooking classes!
We offer gift certificates in any amount - simply stop by the store to pick one up or give us a call at (703) 433.1909 and we'll take care of the mail for you!

A few ideas for food lovers...
• Great gift for couples to enjoy together at one of our Date Night classes.
• Get one for your son or daughter and take a class together.
• Let foodies choose from our many classes, or use it to buy private lessons with our professional chef.
• Wine lovers can choose any bottle from our unique selection of wines chosen by 22-time Wine Spectator Award Winner Mary Watson.

Chef's Gift BasketsAll wrapped up and ready to go! We use these items in our kitchen for all of our cooking classes. Chef Ian assembled these durable kitchen tools that will last you or the cook in your family for many years to come! All items are NSF, which means they're made for professional chefs in commercial kitchens.
• Mundial Chef's Knife
(Santoku Knife, 7", granton edge, high carbon/no stain blade, molded white polypropylene handle, treated w/sanitized antimicrobial protection)
• Stainless steel mixing bowls in three sizes
• Two stainless steel turners, one slotted turner
• One meat thermometer
• Two heat resistant, rubber spatulas
• Two stainless steel wire whips
• Two large stainless steel spoons, one slotted spoon
• Set of stainless steel tongs
Only $149 for the entire set!

Great Chef's Knives for the Home Cook
We carry Mundial Chef's Knives (see description above) for just $18.50! These great knives retail elsewhere for $30 or more. A MUST HAVE item for all home cooks!

Top of the Line Cookware
We have beautiful Chantal and Revol porcelain and ceramic cookware and tableware, including serving trays, cappuccino glasses, sauce pans, saute pans and more! Our cookware is top of the line and will last you a lifetime - we know many who have used their Chantal cookware for over 30 years! All items are dishwasher safe and oven safe (it can go from the stove, to the oven, to the fridge, to the dishwasher!

Unique and Affordable Wines
We stock a great selection of unique, affordable wines at our wine bar! Each bottle is handpicked by our sommelier Mary Watson - a 22-time Wine Spectator award winner! There's several great options for less than $20, including a variety of reds, whites, ports and sparkling wines. On your way to a party and don't want to show up empty handed? Pick up a bottle of chilled white or sparkling wine from our wine fridge, or snag a bottle of red that you can't find at any other wine retailer in Loudoun County - the perfect host or hostess gift. Cheers!

Stop by our store in Dulles Town Center Mall (located on the lower level between Macy's and Dick's Sporting Goods) to check out our selection. Questions? Want to ask our knowledgable staff about any of our cookware, wines, or cooking classes? Give us a call at (703) 433.1909.