Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
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The apples are ripe, the autumn vegetables are at their peak. What better time to brush up on recipes and cooking techniques for the rich harvest to be found in the fall at local farmer's markets? Several excellent cooking schools in the bountiful Litchfield Hills are ready to help, many with class schedules that are a perfect fit for weekend visitors.
Afterwards, a trip to the many local farmers' markets will supply prime ingredients to take advantage of new found skills. A full list and addresses of area markets is below.
This prestigious school in a picturesque barn nestled on a farm in the Litchfield Hills has attracted top chefs since it first opened in 1979. On September 8 in a partnership in support of local farms, Chef Anne Gallagher will conduct a class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. called Plow to Plate, featuring recipes using the season's bounty. Autumn Food and Wine Pairing, Splendor in the Glass! is the topic of a dinner with chef Daniel Rosati and sommelier Carol Berman on Saturday, September 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 pm and on November 4, Carole Peck, the much-lauded chef of Woodbury's Good News Cafe, will be demonstrating a menu featuring foods from the local harvest. A Sweet and Savory Strudel Workshop with Daniel Rosati on September 30, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include one recipe using spiced pears and apples, typical autumn fruits.
The busy Silo schedule also includes Invite a Bunch to Brunch, with Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein, authors of the Ultimate Cookbook series on September 22, Chef Philip Young of Litchfield's Toll Gate Inn teaching classic dishes on September 23 and Food and Wine of France: Bistro Home Cooking with Daniel Rosati and Carol Berman on September 29. The next month will feature Eric Gunnar Rochow on appetizers on October 6, a Foraging Feast with "wildman" Steve Brill on October 12 and master baker George Geary teaching pastry making on October 13. Cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase will make a rare personal appearance for two classes on October 19 and 20.and on October 28 chefs William Okesson and Dennis DeBellis of Woodbury's John's Cafe will prepare an Octoberfest menu. For information, phone 860-355-0300 or check the Internet at www.thesilo.com.
COOKING WITH ADRIENNE
Adrienne Sussman returned to her home territory to open a restaurant in 1996 after beginning at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, apprenticing at the Arizona Biltmore and serving as pastry chef at the Waldorf Astoria's Peacock Alley. Adrienne, who has been the chef of one of the area's most popular restaurants in New Milford for more than a decade, invites students into the kitchen for her Cooking with Adrienne classes. On September 8 and September 29 she will be teaching Crockpot Cooking, a slow cooking method that is an ideal way to use a bounty of vegetables. October 13 and October 27 classes will feature Adrienne's Fall Menus, also using foods of the season, and the lesson for Saturday November 17 will a game dinner. Classes are from 11 to 3 p.m. Information: 860-354-6001 or check the Internet at www.adriennerestaurant.com.
CUISINE WITH JILL
Jill Nicolson began her career as an assistant to the star chefs at The Silo, left for a stint as chef in Newport and returned as a Silo guest instructor for three years until she fulfilled her dream, opening her own school in a Victorian home in Torrington. Her goal, she says is "to teach simple and creative techniques" while having fun with food!
Many of her cooking sessions are demonstrations, often with guest chefs presiding over a full-course dinner using seasonal ingredients, held on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. The coming schedule includes Summer is Not Over Yet With William Cosgrove of New Milford's Upper Crust Restaurant on September 7, a Weber Grill Event dinner with Jill and Chef David Allan Hurst on September 8. September 15 brings the Best Ever Bistro Menu with Betty Rosbottom. September 21st will feature French Cuisine with Jean Claude Vierne of Great Barrington, Mass and September 22nd features Foods and Wines of Tuscany. David Davis, of The Speckled Hen in Norfolk will pair beer tastings with food on Friday September 28th, while a sushi class and dinner are on the schedule for Friday, October 5th with Erly Gallo from 3W and the Blue Bar.
Afternoon events from 1 to 4 p.m. this fall include a Marie Antoinette Brunch Sunday September 16th with Jean Claude Vierne. Chocoholics won't want to miss the Saturday October 20th session of Incredible Chocolate with Erik Landegren of Bridgewater Chocolate and Sunday October 21st participants will learn Cake Decorating with Sabina Jahic, owner of Grand Patisserie in New Milford. Jill Nicolson and David Allan Hurst will be on hand for Octoberfest at Cuisine Saturday October 13th at 2 p.m. when 8 to 10 different beers will be sampled along with "Guy friendly" food, including some dishes using beer in the recipes.
For a full list of classes, including weekdays and children's classes, phone (860) 489-1003 or check the Internet at www.cuisinewithjill.com.
No good dinner is complete without dessert, and who better to teach the tricks of perfect cakes and cookies than Maria Bruscino Sanchez, proprietor of the award-winning Sweet Maria's in Waterbury, a local favorite since 1990.
Maria offers cooking lessons in her shop on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. On October 17, her Harvest Dessert Class will prepare cake, pies and tarts and baked fruits taking advantage of seasonal ingredients. The Cookie-Mania Class on November 7 will also use foods of the season for treats such as Pumpkin Drop Cookies and Cranberry Almond Biscotti, plus a head start on the holidays with techniques to decorate Gingerbread and Holiday Cut outs.
Other classes scheduled this fall include Hands-on cake decorating on September 18th and Making fondant icing on October 3. For information phone (888) 755-4099 or check the Internet at www.sweet-marias.com.
LITCHFIELD HILLS FARMERS MARKETS
TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET
Sandy Hook, 5 Washington Ave., Sandy Hook Center. 2pm-6pm. Late June - early Oct.
Seymour, Pine St., Community Senior Ctr. 12noon -6pm. Early May - Early Nov.
Torrington, Staples Plaza, S. Main St. 10am-1pm. Mid.-June - Oct.
WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET
Bristol, Old Centre Mall, 100 N. Main St. 3pm-6pm. Early July-late Oct.
THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET
Thomaston, Town Green, Main St. 2:30pm - 6pm. Late June-late Oct.
Waterbury, On the Green, Main St. 11am-3pm and Brass Mill Center Mall, Sears Parking Lot, 2pm-6pm. Early July-Oct.
FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET
Burlington, First Congregational Church, Rte. 4. 3pm-6pm. Early July- Oct.
SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET
Bethel, Rte.6/Stoney Hill Rd.. 9 am-1 pm. Early July-late Oct.
Kent, Kent Green, 9am-12noon. Mid.-May-Mid.-Oct.
Litchfield, Center Elementary School, Rte. 202. 11am-3pm. Late June- Oct.http://www.litchfieldhillsfood.org
New Milford, Town Green, Main St. 9am-12noon. Late May - Oct.
Torrington, Staples Plaza, S. Main St. 10am-1pm. Mid.-June - Oct.
Bristol, Old Centre Mall, 100 N. Main St. 10am-1pm. Early July-late Oct.
SUNDAY FARMERS MARKET
Sandy Hook Village, 5 Glen Rd. 9am-2pm. Early July-Sept.