Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring into April, and May with More of Heidi's Cooking Classes

Happy Spring! With local farmers' markets kicking into high gear and fresh herbs ready to be planted and picked, this is a perfect time to start Cooking Up A Stormll

With the exception of my monthly On the Farm class at Proffitt Family Farms, all of the classes listed below, will be held in the intimate setting of my south Charlotte home.

Email or call to reserve your spot and then your reservation is confirmed by your cash or check payment. Once your reservation is confirmed I'll send you detailed directions to my home.

Class size is limited. You and your fellow classmates can watch or lend a hand if you'd like and together will learn to chop, slice, simmer and saute along the way.

It's always a blast!

Wine parings with every dish, recipes packets and wine notes for each class participant. Cost is $55 - $75 per person depending on the class.

For reservations for any of the classes listed below, simply email Heidi at

Food, Wine and Conversations of Italy with guest Nada Vergili
Saturday April 9 11 am - 3 pm Cost - $65

Heidi Billotto and the entertaining Nada Vergili of Nada's Italy join forces in the kitchen for and afternoon of fun and flavor!

As class participants watch and work with Heidi and Nada to prepare an entire authentic Italian meal perfect for Spring and summertime entertaining, special cooking class guest Nada Vergili will be teaching us all about this beautiful regions of Italy as well as fun little Italian expressions, sayings and phrases - plus how to talk with our hands! All as we eat and drink our way through the afternoon.

To make your reservations for this class , email Heidi at

Don't Skimp on the Shrimp - A Class Featuring One of Our Regions Tastiest Summer Seafoods
Saturday April 16 11 am - 2:30 pm Cost $65

In this taste tempting class Heidi will lead participants in preparing a variety of shrimp dishes that would do Bubba Gump proud.

With local sweet and tender red shrimp running now off the Georgia coast - what could be better?

We'll cook on the grill, the stove top and in the oven.

On the menu: a savory stuffed shrimp appetizer, spectacular shrimp scampi and variations thereof; a creamy rich shrimp bisque, hearty shrimp burgers and a summery Southern pickled shrimp salad!
To make reservations for this class, email Heidi at

On the Farm at Proffitt Family Farms
Cooking Class and Farm Tour
Sunday May 1 1-5 pm Cost $65

Shelley and Brian Eagan and I met several years ago, while I was teaching cooking classes at Reid's Fine Foods' old uptown location and started featuring their beef, locally raised on certified organic pastures, in my classes. One taste and I was hooked; the flavor of the beef is amazing, as is the farm and of course, Shelley and Brian, their children Dewi and Zoe and Shelley's parents Diane and Steve Proffitt. So much so that we've decided to hold another "On the Farm" class with the Eagans and the Proffitts in their beautiful kitchen at Proffitt Family Farms in King's Mountain. Can't wait!

Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us so that class will begin with a farm tour where we will visit with the chickens, the horses, cows and bulls and maybe even a littel calf or two! Then we'll all settle into the Eagan's beautiful home kitchen to cook with some of the best beef around.

Afterwards, class participants are invited to stock their freezers with a shopping spree at the farm store.

To make your reservations for this class, email Heidi at

Make Mine Marinated
Thursday April 28 6:30-9:30 pm $65

A great little class featuring easy summer recipes all marinated and brined to bring out the fullest of flavors.
This is a fabulus group of recipes for all of your summetime grilling and al fresco dining adventures!
Recipes include: marinated local mushroom and grilled salmon salad with farmers' market greens; marinated Grateful Grower's pork with a savory blueberry sauce; Greek lamb and chicken kabobs with a homemade tzatziki sauce made from locally-made yogurt and apple cider brined duck breast with Calvados cream sauce, oh my!

To make your reservations for this class, email Heidi at

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