Here’s what I always tell people asking about Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery just outside Spring Valley: Tasting local wines is fun, especially now with more diversity in Four Daughters’ varietals and blends.
But if you’re heading out to this particular winery, go hungry. Here, the food definitely plays a starring role.
And now, you’ll have the chance to learn from the stars’ producers. Executive Chef Erik Kleven and his culinary team have prepared a six-week cooking course series to teach you their gourmet secrets.
The classes give you a crash cooking education, with just enough interactive fun — and wine — that it really won’t feel like school at all. After an introductory class covering knife skills, as well as broths and soups, the classes follow a five-course meal schedule. After knife skills, you’ll move on to appetizers and salads. The next week will cover seafood; and then poultry and meat for the following two weeks. The final class is the icing on the cake, literally. (It’s on desserts.)
The series kicks off with the first class on Tuesday, April 14, and continues every Tuesday night for six weeks, wrapping up on May 20. All classes run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Registration for individual classes is $100 each, but if you register for the entire six-week series, it’s $500 for everything — the education, the food, and the wine pairings that kick the fun up another notch.
The classes are designed to be small with plenty of interaction, so contact Four Daughters to reserve your spot now.
If you’re looking for a single-night-only course, check in with them to see if there are spaces available for a one-shot cooking course with Kleven and the team this Saturday, March 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Or, for just as much fun but no expectation to cook, register for the next installment of Chopped Live at Four Daughters. The registrants meet in the cocktail room and pick the ingredients you’d like to see in a multicourse meal. The creative culinary team gets to work, throwing together the meal based on your choices. Wine is included for just $65 per person. Register at fourdaughtersvineyard.com or call them at 507-346-7300.
Make Taco Love, not War(zz)
Several weeks ago, I told you that three of the ZZest Cafe and Bar chefs were going head-to-head in a burger war for your votes, which was good news on about eight levels. So, you went, right?
Tell me you went.
Because oh my word, if you didn’t, you missed out on one of those meals where you’re closing your eyes almost every bite. It’s that thing where there are such amazing flavors in your mouth that you have to try to block everything else out because the one sense is all you can handle.
But I mean, if you missed it, I guess your life will go on. It will just lack the flavor mine now has.
Next week, you’ll have a chance to redeem yourself (sort of) because you’ll head to ZZest for Taco Warzz next week from Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26.
Chef Stef Crowson is hitting heavy with chicken thigh tacos; Chef Jason Mills is cooking with vegetables, and reigning burger warzz champion Chef Eric Pater is getting fresh with beef tongue. Take a date and get the platter — it comes with two tacos each of all three flavors for just $27. There’s also an optional beer pairing add-on for the full experience.
ZZest is at 1190 16th St. SW, and the taco warzz menu will be available starting at 5 p.m. on those nights next week only. Don’t miss it!