WBEZ | French Pastry School http://www.wbez.org/tags/french-pastry-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Pastry camp, a farm dinner and wine pairings http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-17/friday-foodie-forecast-pastry-camp-farm-dinner-and-wine-pairings-8797 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-17/Dolinsky_Pastry Camp.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-16/Pastry Camp.jpg" title="Pastry Camp at The French Pastry School" width="400" height="300"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The official start of summer is right around the corner, and while the kids may be away at camp, you can get away too - foodie style. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Camp Chocolate at the French Pastry School</strong></p><p>What could be better than pastry camp? How about an all chocolate pastry camp? From June 20 -24 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), head to the <a href="http://www.frenchpastryschool.com">French Pastry School </a>and learn from World Pastry Champion Chef <a href="http://forums.worldpastryforum.com/xn/detail/2098286:Comment5420">Dimitri Fayard</a> how to make a variety of cakes, breads, tarts, plated desserts, ice creams, candies and more all using chocolate.</p><p>During these hands-on sessions, Chef Fayard will teach you to make the dark chocolate <em>gâteau dev voyage</em> (a chocolate pound cake) and your own homemade “nutella,” as well as some amazing confections like raspberry lollipops, white chocolate and coffee covered pecans, and dark chocolate marshmallows. You will taste and discuss the product made as you go, so be prepared to eat, and still have plenty of goodies to take home to enjoy with your friends and family.</p><p>All tools, equipment and ingredients will be provided for each student. Everyone will receive an apron and a hat to keep. Cost of the five-day camp is $975 (must be 15yrs + to attend).&nbsp; See <a href="http://www.frenchpastryschool.com/faq/index.html#stay">this link</a>&nbsp;for FAQs. The French Pastry School is located at 226 W. Jackson Blvd. For more&nbsp;information, visit <a href="http://www.thefrenchpastryschool.com">www.thefrenchpastryschool.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Farm Dinner with City Provisions</strong></p><p>Join <a href="http://supperclub@cityprovisions.com">City Provisions</a> and transcend the typical food experience as you board a biodiesel bus from their delicatessen on the way to a farm dinner at <a href="http://www.dietzlerbeef.com">Dietzler Farms</a> next Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m.</p><p>On the way to the Elkhorn, Wisconsin farm, beers by the <a href="http://www.halfacrebeer.com">Half Acre Beer Company</a> will be served alongside one bites for nosh, while Gabriel Magliaro will discuss the history of their brewery and practices, and owner Cleetus Friedman chats about his mission to connect the community with food at City Provisions.</p><p>At the farm, you will be given a full tour by Farmer Michelle Dietzler, then sit down to a multi-course dinner paired with the brewery's beers.&nbsp; Dinner will be folllwed by a bonfire, before boarding the bus back home.</p><p>Tickets are $225.00 per person all-inclusive. Call 773.293.2489 or email <a href="mailto:supperclub@cityprovisions.com">supperclub@cityprovisions.com</a>&nbsp;today to make your reservation. City Provisions is located at 1820 W. Wilson Ave. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/">City Provisions</a>.</p><p><strong>Perfect Pairs at Cibo Matto</strong></p><p>Enjoy <em><a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">Perfect Pairs </a>, </em>a bimonthly wine-centric series taking placeat <a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">Cibo Matto</a> located inside <a href="http://wwwthewithotel.com/">theWit Hotel</a>, this Wednesday, June 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. Every other Wednesday in the coming months, Executive Chef Evan Percoco&nbsp; pairs four small courses of clean, seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes with hand selected wines for a perfect compliment to each plate of this modern Italian spot. Featured wines have included those of Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Titus Vineyards from Napa Valley. Tickets to the event are $20, and space is limited. To make reservations, call 312-239-9503. Cibo Matto is located at 201 N. State St. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">www.eatcibomatto.com</a>.</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-17/friday-foodie-forecast-pastry-camp-farm-dinner-and-wine-pairings-8797 Friday Foodie Forecast: Chocolate dine, wine and swine http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-04/friday-foodie-forecast-chocolate-dine-wine-and-swine-81726 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/wine-and-chocolate-fountains.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-03/wine-and-chocolate-fountains.jpg" title="" alt="" style="width: 371px; height: 556px;" /></p><p>Now that you&rsquo;ve dug yourself out of the snow, check out some sweet and savory pairings in the week ahead. &nbsp;Whether it's a meet-and-greet with celebrity chefs featuring charitable cocoa-inspired cuisine, or learning more about wine and pig pairings while indulging in chocolate-dipped bacon, there are plenty of enticing events on deck.</p><p><strong>Chocolate for a Cause</strong></p><p>Indulge your chocolate cravings without any of the guilt this Saturday, Feb. 5, as <a href="http://www.frenchpastryschool.com/">The French Pastry School's</a> scholarship foundation will hold its annual gala fundraiser, <a href="http://www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org/">For the Love of Chocolate</a>, at the Chicago Merchandise Mart from 7 pm to 11 pm. Those who partake in the chocolate extravaganza will experience new sweet and savory delights in a feast of chocolate-inspired festivities including:</p><p><em>A Cocoa Cuisine</em> is one of the treats guests can enjoy as they dine on a complete dinner menu prepared by more than 50 celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless, Graham Elliott and Paul Kahan.</p><p><em>The Cocoa Sutra</em> will feature the sweet concoctions of a full chocolate bar, desserts and confections from pastry chefs and chocolatiers of Chicago and beyond. Guests can enjoy live music, belly dancing, body painting, live sugar and chocolate demonstrations showing gravity-defying edible sculptures.</p><p><em>Cocoa Candy Land</em>, where human candy canes, lollipops, jelly beans, and chocolate bars dance among the guests and cocoa cotton candy clouds drift over head, all while Marie Antoinette serves chocolate cake.</p><p>All proceeds support the <a href="http://www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org/">For the Love of Chocolate Foundation</a>, which provides scholarships for qualified students in the full-time programs at The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago. Additionally, reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza next door and receive a 25% discount on two tickets. Tickets to the black-tie event are $200 per person, and can be purchased by calling 312.726.2419. <a href="http://www.merchandisemart.com/">The Merchandise Mart</a> is located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. For more details, visit <a href="http://www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org/">www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org</a>.</p><p><strong>Chocolate and Wine at Eno</strong></p><p>Chocolate is also the star subject at <a href="http://www.enowinerooms.com/">ENO</a> at the InterContinental Chicago this Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm, as the wine lounge hosts a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.enowinerooms.com/eno-versity/classes-events">ENO-Versity: </a><em><a href="http://www.enowinerooms.com/eno-versity/classes-events">Chocolate!</a></em> class pairing the two indulgences. Sip and swirl your way to improve your wine knowledge at this interactive and themed monthly class (with different themes running through April) which allows participants to gain a better understanding of a particular wine varietal or vintage. At tonight's class, guests can smell, taste and ask questions about their wine and chocolate experience. With most of the classes led by Senior Wine Director Scott Harney and Wine Director Shara Bauer, ENO-Versity: <em>Chocolate!</em> explores how unusual flavor combinations can actually bring opposite tastes together and make it work. Chocolates in the $25 class include a rosemary caramel and chocolate dipped bacon, while wines include <a href="http://www.corewine.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=shop.flypage&amp;product_id=12&amp;category_id=10&amp;option=com_virtuemart&amp;Itemid=1">Core Wine Co. &ldquo;Candy Core&rdquo;</a> and <a href="http://www.chattercreek.com/">Chatter Creek Syrah</a>. Eno is located at 505 N. Michigan Avenue. To RSVP, call 312-321-8738, and for more information, visit <a href="http://www.enowinerooms.com/">www.enowinerooms.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Pig and Pinot at The Bristol</strong></p><p>If chocolate-dipped bacon piqued your palate for more pork, and you&rsquo;re still interested in crafty wine pairings, pig and pinot will share the spotlight on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for a demonstration and dinner at <a href="http://www.thebristolchicago.com/">The Bristol</a>. Presented by <a href="http://www.aiwf.org/">The American Institute of Wine &amp; Food</a>, the event is a farm-to-table celebration that begins at 6:30 pm with a butchering demo by Executive Chef Chris Pandel. A four-course whole-hog dinner at this Mediterranean-inspired spot known for its locally sourced and seasonal menu, will be paired with wines from <a href="http://www.copainwines.com/ ">California's Copain Vineyards</a>, chosen by winemaker Wells Guthrie. The menu is still to be determined, but the cost is $90 for AIWF members or $105 for non-members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 773-862-5555. The Bristol is located at 2152 N. Damen Ave.</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-04/friday-foodie-forecast-chocolate-dine-wine-and-swine-81726