Crafting a Great Holiday Feast

by Casey Higgins | Posted on November 8th, 2012

Something about sharing a meal together makes family memories so much sweeter. Granted, not all of us are handy in a kitchen, but with a little know-how from Virginia’s culinary experts, we can certainly be better. Take note of these special cooking classes and seminars to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and the holidays beyond a bit more meaningful.

Shenandoah Seasonings Cooking Demos at Skyland Resort

Shenandoah Seasonings Cooking Demos at Skyland Resort

A novice chef might wish to stand back and observe the professionals. If that’s you, visit Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park any Tuesday or Friday afternoon through November 23 for a cooking demo with the Executive Chef and Sous Chef. Demos begin at 3 p.m. and cost $10 per person.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern in Clarksville regularly offers Chef’s Cooking Classes. They’re hands-on two-hour classes that culminate in your very own dinner. Upcoming classes include “Charcuterie … Making Sausage” on November 12 and “Holiday Entertaining & Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres” on December 3.

Once you’re past Thanksgiving, someone has to do something with the leftovers. Sure, you could package them up and send them off with the family, or you could make something delicious for yourself. Join Georgie Young at Wade’s Mill in Raphine for a class to show you just that. November 16, $30 for the class and lunch.

Thinking ahead to Christmas dinners with family and friends? Consider a class with Executive Chef William Walden at Goodstone Inn in Middleburg. He’ll teach you some of Goodstone’s best dishes and then you’ll enjoy a holiday lunch with a glass of wine. November 17 at noon, $75 per person.

Ready to craft a great holiday feast? Cheers! From our family to yours.

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