Culinary Art Cooking Class

June 27, 2017

Kinds in cooking class making bruschetta.

“Culinary Art” Interactive Cooking Classes using Locally Sourced Ingredients at The Studio at Gulf and Pine

Learn techniques for making your food look like beautifully crafted pieces of art along with new recipes and culinary skills from Erik Walker, Chiles Group Culinary Director and Mar Vista Executive Chef, Rich Demarse. These interactive, hands-on cooking lessons will feature locally sourced seafood and fresh summer flavors to create a colorful and delicious menu. You’ll have fun learning and enjoying your creations and meeting new friends in a family style lunch.

These unique classes will be held Thursdays July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3 from
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will be $75 per person and includes tax and gratuity, an apron, recipes, cooking lesson, lunch and a glass of wine. Sign up for all four and pay only $275. Class sizes are limited; call 941-778-1906 to reserve your spot.

Culinary Art – Cooking Classes at The Studio

This series of classes is part of “Our Local Waters”, a month long celebration of the Florida Gulf Coast, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine. “Our Local Waters” is a community outreach festival with an emphasis on preservation, conservation and sustainability of our local ecosystems.

In addition to cooking classes we will host a family day filled with Marine Adventures to be held July 5th from 1-3 p.m. and interactive lectures with local experts the following four Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. “Our Local Waters” will provide an authentic local Florida experience while sharing the importance of protecting and sustaining our environment.

“Culinary Art” Cooking Class Calendar:

July 13 – “Chilled Florida Waters” with Chiles Group Culinary Director Erik Walker

This class will focus on sourcing local & sustainable fish, and how to prepare refreshing dishes perfect for summer, including cooking with citrus & cooking shrimp.

Ceviche – local fish, produce, & ingredients
Shrimp roll – inspired by a lobster roll with local gulf shrimp
Watermelon salad – watermelon & tomato, with lime, mint, and feta – a perfect summer snack/salad

July 20 – “Grilling A to D – Appetizers to Desserts” with Mar Vista Executive Chef Rich Demarse

This class will focus on the sourcing of local fish and the basic but sometimes tricky techniques of grilling seafood. We will also discuss the many different varieties of seafood found around Anna Maria Island and where to buy them.

Seafood Kabobs – Grilled and marinated local fish with mango, cilantro and lime
Red Grouper and Grilled Potato Salad – Red grouper broiled with lemon and herbs served with a grilled salad of potatoes, red onion, and fresh herbs
Chili Lime Grilled Pineapple – A light summer dessert that can be served with ice cream or sorbet

July 27 – “Foraging and Fishing” with Chiles Group Culinary Director Erik Walker

We will work on basic grilling skills & techniques and create a dish based on garden ingredients.

Garden salad – Made with Pine Avenue greens
Grilled Fish and Vegetables – Grilled local & sustainable fish with grilled vegetables & rice
Strawberry Shortcake – Macerated strawberry & Chantilly cream shortcake

August 3 – “Florida’s Wild Side” with Mar Vista Executive Chef Rich Demarse

This class will discuss the many varieties of fruits found in your local neighborhoods and the seasons to find them. We will also cover how to select, prepare and pair these fruits with other foods.

Mango Shrimp Salad – Poached shrimp, mango, lime and a cilantro vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken with Kung Pao Avocado – Lake Meadows chicken with breaded and fried avocado with jasmine rice, red onion, cilantro, bell pepper, Kung Pao sauce and cashews
Fruit Salad – Local fruits are marinated with coconut and rum and served with vanilla scented whipped cream

The Studio at Gulf and Pine is located at 10101 Gulf Drive and is open 11-4, Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Call 941-778-1906 or visit for more information. Follow us:

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