Octoberfest at The Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle

Gourds1I 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!

Click here to see a list of classes and/or to register.  Click here to request a course catalog via US Mail.

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!