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COOKING CLASSES > AYESHA'S KITCHEN Ayesha's Kitchen offers a range of cooking classes for the inexperienced chef. Classes include Indian dishes, vegetarian fare, holiday entertaining and many more. Cost: $75 / 3-hour class includes instruction and a sit-down meal from appetizer to dessert. Visit www.ayeshaskitchen.com to view the class schedule or email ayeshaskitchen@yahoo.com for more information. > CULINARY ACADEMY AT BILTMORE HOTEL Focus on skill-building, proper technique and sea¬ sonal ingredients with class instructor Lourdes Cas¬ tro, The Biltmore's chefs: Philippe Ruiz, Roly Cruz- Taura, Chef Mario Camia and pastry Chef Olivier Rodriguez. STRAWBERRY CLOUDS COCKTAIL Cost: $110 / 3-hour class, limited to 8 students. For more information, call 305.445.1926 or email 2 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake culinaryacademy@biltmorehotel.com. Handful of strawberries > WHOLE FOODS MARKET, CORAL G A B L E S Directions: Muddle strawberries in a cocktail shak¬ Increase your culinary know-how and expand your er, add TY KU Coconut Sake and ice. Shake Hard, recipe repertoire at their state-of-the-art Culinary strain ice, serve chilled. Centers. Class topics include Pack the Perfect Pic¬ nic, All About Olives, Skip the Guilt Dessert and TY KU is the Premier Sake & Spirits Company, pro¬ more. ducing the world's best premium sake. Combining premium all-natural ingredients, age-old distillation/ Cost: Free / Space is limited and requires registration brewing techniques, modern flavor profiles and at the customer service desk. award-winning packaging, TY KU believes that in¬ gredients matter and utilizes the finest on earth for For more information, visit the customer service desk their products. or call 305.421.9421. PUBLISHER'S PICK: DINE IN THE DARK - BLINDFOLDED Once a month, Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar prepares a special multiple-course meal for anxious diners eager to dine while blindfolded. This trendy cuisine concept, termed dining in the dark, originated with Jorge Spiel- mann, a blind clergyman from Zurich, who blindfolded dinner guests to give them a taste of his daily struggles. It was discovered that the suppression of sight enhanced the other senses, most importantly heightening the senses of taste and smell. Imagine feasting on Chef Adrianne's unprecedented flavor combinations with a sensitive palate. It is an experience anyone would enjoy. Our own Publisher, Lynette Janac, made her reservation as soon as she heard about this 3-hour sensory excursion. "I will admit that I am not the most adventurous diner when it comes to cuisine, but the idea of dining in the dark was strangely intriguing," says Janac. "Every bite was an explosion of flavors, since I was unable to see what I was eating or what was coming up in the next course. And, between courses, the dining room was treated to a chef interaction where the chef told diners what they had just tasted." Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 11510 SW 147th Avenue, Kendall, FL 33196. For more information, visit www.chefadriannes.com or call 305.408.8386. JULY/AUGUST 2012 23


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