Cooking with Shef’s Kitchen at Patricia’s Table

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I’ve loved Indian food ever since I had my first taste of it in high school. The only Indian restaurant was a 45 minute drive away, and you can bet that I made that haul almost weekly, possibly more.

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When I was invited to an Indian street food cooking class by Shef’s Kitchen at Patricia’s Table, I was absolutely beside myself! And no, not just because the classes are BYO…

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First off, the space is gorgeous. It’s well-lit, well-stocked, and well-staffed. It’s so pristine, in fact, that a couple came in off the street wanting to to dine there thinking it was a restaurant. I learned that this is not uncommon.

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Shef herself was incredible. She was so at ease that it made it feel like we were family members learning how to cook in her own home, which I loved! The fact that she has a medical background, and focuses on healthy, flavorful eating were all bonuses. I’m a bit of a health fanatic, so for food to be good + taste good is very important to me.

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At the end, we all dined at a large communal table. I think I was the only one who smuggled in wine from my purse, but that’s to be expected from me (again, it was BYO!). I made some new friends, learned some new tricks, and feel a lot more comfortable with some ingredients I hadn’t been brave enough to work with before. If you’re looking for something new to try/do/learn then definitely take a class!

Beer Pairing: Central Market + Brooklyn Brewery

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Nothing says summer quite like burgers and beer, but Central Market decided to take it one step further with a multi-course beer pairing featuring selections from the acclaimed Brooklyn Brewery.

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It was admittedly my first time at the Central Market Cooking School, but I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. We were provided with menus, recipes, and an in-depth guide to the beer that we were about to sample. First course: Grapefruit, Asparagus & Pecorino Salad paired with Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55. The Brooklyn Brewery representative, a very experienced brew master, mentioned that this beer was English-style, and my English partner agreed.

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Next up, we learned how to prepare Lobster Chorizo Pasta. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s lobster that is cooked alongside chorizo, and not some mysterious, new seafood-sausage dish. The beer for this plate was the Local 1, a delicious Belgian-style beer that’s fermented inside the bottle (like Champagne!). This was probably my favorite thing both food and drink-wise of the night.

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After further stuffing ourselves with burgers and Brooklyn Summer Ale, we moved on to a presentation on how to prepare Lamb Scottadito, meanwhile learning the proper way to taste beer between each plate.

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The lamb was served with a dark, brown ale; a contrast to the East India Pale Ale that we were about to sample both inside and outside of our crepes.

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The final course came around, and surprisingly we didn’t explode before it arrived. The crepes themselves had beer as an ingredient, and we were taught the short, but painstaking process it takes to prepare such a delicate dish. The beer proved to not be painfully hoppy, which was a pleasant surprise. If you’d like to catch one of these dinners near you, be sure to check out Central Market’s website. And if you don’t have a Central Market nearby, you’re still sure to have easy access to a delicious array of Brooklyn Brewery beers.

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