I am so excited to start my work study program at the Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle tonight! If you haven’t taken a cooking class there, I’d highly recommend it. Some classes are demonstration only and some are hands-on classes. There are a wide range of topics – something for everyone!
The class I am working this evening is Octoberfest and is being taught by Grayson Bowman and Dennis Dragas. The course catalog describes the class as follows:
“Celebrate Octoberfest with German Food and Roy Pitz Brewery! Food and Beer Tasting!
Octoberfest in Germany is a time for good food and great beer!
– Beef Goulash
– Apple Sausage Breakfast Ring
– Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and Potato Dumplings
– Apple Dijon Pork Roast with Potato and Asparagus Casserole
– Beef Tenderloin Stroganoff
– Linzer Torte”
I can’t wait to get there and get started! This is such a great way to combine my love of cooking and my love of learning! Although I love to cook I would never be arrogant enough to think I have nothing more to learn. In fact, learning and trying new things is part of the fun – it’s always an adventure!
My first night at The Kitchen Shoppe was wonderful. I worked with many amazing folks, some who were new like me and some veterans. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. After about the first 15 minutes we really got into a groove.
Although I was only serving and clearing (it is quite difficult for me to be in a kitchen and not be chopping, stirring, seasoning, etc.), I enjoyed being busy and being able to fully experience the class. I haven’t cooked much, if any, German food and was glad to have the opportunity to learn about a new kind of cuisine, to taste some great dishes, and to meet other people with a passion for food.
The food was paired with beers from a semi-local brewery. The Chambersburg-based Roy Pitz Brewing Company, whose tagline is “Liquid Art,” was very well represented by a young man with a burning passion for beer-making! Their seasonal pumpkin brew was a terrific end to the evening!