Media Releases

Napa Valley College Announces Food & Wine Enthusiast Classes for Fall 2020

As Napa Valley College transitions most of its classes online for the fall as a result of higher education guidelines and current social distancing protocols, individuals will still be able to sign up for a variety of Food & Wine Enthusiast classes being offered online. Participants will be provided with recipes in advance so they may have all ingredients pre-measured prior to the start of class. The online classes require re-registration and are available to anyone with Internet access. Register for a class and enjoy with the whole family!

Food & Wine Enthusiast classes include How to Smoke Foods at Home: Smokin’ Ribs & Roasts on Friday, September 4 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and also on Friday, September 18 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.; Pat’s Apps! for Fall & the Holidays on Saturday, October 3 from noon to 12:45 p.m. and also on Saturday, November 7, from noon to 12:45 p.m.; Desserts for Autumn on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to noon; Holiday Pie Making on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon; Cookies that Comfort on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to noon; Techniques for Making Delicious Cocktails on Tuesday, October 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and also on Friday, October 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Discover Your Taste in Wine on Monday, September 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and also Friday, October 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Holiday Foods and the Wines to Dine With on Friday, November 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Make a Holiday Cooking Video of Your Favorite Recipe as a Gift on Wednesday, September 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. and also on Friday, October 16 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Food & Wine Enthusiast programs are taught by professionals including Pat Burke, Toni Chiappetta, Traci Dutton and Clayton Light. With a passion for live fire cooking, Pat Burke has competed professionally in – and won – BBQ competitions across the country. Toni Chiappetta first worked as a pastry chef at Table 29 and Bistro Don Giovanni before striking out on her own with Sweetie Pies Bakery in 1994. Traci Dutton is a beverage, food and hospitality expert; she works with the CIA while consulting, writing and running her own vintage cookery and libations store, Heirloom Variety, located in Calistoga. Clayton Light is an award-winning producer/editor with an extensive background in the wine and food industry.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

How to Smoke Foods at Home: Smokin Ribs & Roasts on Friday, September 4 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and Friday, September 18 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
BBQ Master Pat Burke will share the basics of smoking meats at home, including tips and techniques on setting up a smoker and preparing and smoking ribs and a prime rib roast.

Pat’s Apps! for Fall & The Holidays on Saturday, October 3 from noon to 12:45 p.m. and Saturday, November 7 from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Looking for fresh ideas about what small dishes and bites to serve before the main course? Or are you looking to diversify your brunch or lunch repertoire? Get inspired by BBQ Master Pat Burke and learn how to make versatile appetizers for any occasion.

Desserts for Autumn on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to noon
With the first signs of fall, we begin to crave comfort flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. Learn how to make some of our favorite fall desserts with Sweetie Pies Bakery Chef-Owner Toni Chiappetta.

Holiday Pie Making on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon
Learn the fundamentals of making apple, pecan, lemon meringue and banana cream pies from Sweetie Pies Bakery Chef-Owner Toni Chiappetta.
Cookies that Comfort on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to noon
Learn how to make biscotti, chocolate chip, pinwheels and shortbread from Sweetie Pies Bakery Chef-Owner Toni Chiappetta. This class is sure to satisfy your everyday cravings as well as your holiday gift needs.

Techniques for Making Delicious Cocktails on Tuesday, October 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Friday, October 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
There are many ways to make a cocktail and everyone has their own “twist.” Learn three techniques from Traci Dutton that will prepare you to shake, stir and muddle thousands of different cocktails.

Discover Your Taste in Wine on Monday, September 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, October 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
With a little guidance and lots of practice, anyone can become a good wine taster. Using wines selected in advance, Traci Dutton will teach you how to identify the basic building blocks of wine, describe their level of intensity, discuss ways to build a vocabulary for aromas and flavors and give you a clear way to describe the wines you like as well as a way to describe the wines that you don’t like.

Holiday Foods and the Wines to Dine With on Friday, November 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
In this class led by Traci Dutton, you will learn about cool-weather wines, easy ways to serve wines at home for a large crowd, and when the best time is to serve those wines you have been saving in your cellar.

Make a Holiday Cooking Video of Your Favorite Recipe as a Gift on Wednesday, September 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday, October 16 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Your family recipes deserve to be passed down for future generations and video is a great way to make it happen. Learn how to make high-quality, holiday-oriented cooking videos right at home, using what you already have as well as suggestions for free, low-cost and mid-range tools and services. You will learn everything from planning to lighting, audio, shooting and editing to saving your video and sharing.

To register for Food & Wine Enthusiast classes, visit https://www.napavalleycookingschool.org/enthusiast-program-classes.php.

Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button
Translate »