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Dear Fellow Foodies,

This Cooking Class Parties Meet Up group is one of the ways we invite you to check out The Refined Cook Culinary Series-- fun social events where you learn to cook (www.refinedcook.com (http://refinedcook.com/)). Jeff and I started this venture earlier this year because we love everything about food-–gathering (we like farming and shopping), cooking, eating, entertaining and best of all, we like meeting new people and hearing their stories. A few years ago in a hostel in Patagonia, we decided to cook dinner and invite anyone who cared to join us for the price of a story. It was an incredible experience.

We also believe in reclaiming our right to leisure, which is just another way of saying, we try to follow a slower lifestyle where we can stop and smell the roses, watch the hummingbirds, and take the time to create beauty wherever we are, because we care for ourselves, for other people and the health of our planet.

The Refined Cook Culinary Series are a bit different from regular cooking classes. Our mission is to teach and bring healthy, gourmet cooking into homes, offering a slow and sustainable lifestyle. For us, a meal is not merely physical sustenance. When created with joy and shared with friends, it is also spiritual and mental sustenance. So in addition to the technical aspects of cooking and using healthy ingredients (organic, natural or minimally processed), we encourage play and experimentation (yes, we play with our food!) and stress the importance of aesthetics— artful plating, a beautiful ambience, so that everyday meals are elevated into extraordinary ones. And we’re partying too!

Our participants find us through many channels---Eventbrite, Facebook and most recently IfOnly, an American Express-affiliated company that curates unique experiences like ours. However, we often offer discounts exclusive to this meetup group or may organize themed classes (e.g. Intrepid Travelers or Singles classes) just for meetup members. We're experimenting on different stuff all the time and are open to suggestions. So any ideas? Let us know!

Thanks for checking us out and we hope to cook with you soon!

Marlene

P.S. To join classes, you need to register using the Eventbrite link provided on each meetup event. Events are NOT free and tuition fees may vary from class to class.

Upcoming events (4)

Join "Oh My, Pad Thai" Cooking Class Party

Private home in Dedham

Shrimp Lemongrass Skewers, Thai Beef Salad, Shrimp Pad Thai, Mango Coconut Sago with Sesame seeds (Gluten Free):$95 ************************************************************* Cook and meet cool folks! 4-6 people/BYOB! Register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oh-my-pad-thai-gluten-free-cooking-class-party-tickets-51796991195 Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion early this year, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap to bring you this largely Thai-inspired menu centered on the quintessential favorite, Pad Thai. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. You’ll learn how to make authentic Pad Thai like you’ve never had! Registration required through Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oh-my-pad-thai-gluten-free-cooking-class-party-tickets-51796991195 ************************************************************* Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people. Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen, or a little of both. For more info and all classes, visit: www.refinedcook.com (http://refinedcook.com/)

Join the Vegetarian Roasted Vegetable Lasagna class (gluten free)

4-6 people/BYOB/ Cauliflower fritters, Classic Tomato Soup, Roasted Vegetables with Spinach Lasagna, Coconut Panna Cotta with Organic Berries (Gluten Free): $95 Registration required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetarian-roasted-vegetable-lasagna-gluten-free-cooking-class-party-tickets-49072175197 You’re not going to miss meat with this luxuriously decadent vegetarian fare. In this class, we’ll learn about soffritto and mirepoix that puts the ”classic” in our Tomato Soup and a French sauce that transforms this lasagna into a food for the gods. This class is gluten free as we will use gluten-free lasagna noodles from Italy. Finish off with a no-dairy luscious dessert that's super easy to make! This class is gluten free as we will use gluten-free lasagna noodles from Italy. For more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetarian-roasted-vegetable-lasagna-gluten-free-cooking-class-party-tickets-49072175197 Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people. Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen, or a little of both. For more info and all classes, visit: www.refinedcook.com (http://refinedcook.com/)

Join "A Gourmet's Delight" Cooking Class Party

Private home in Dedham

Cook and meet cool folks! 4-6 people/BYOB! Fig and Three Cheese Pizza, Breaded Cod-Loin with white wine and capers, Roasted butternut squash with sage butter sauce, Cacao and Hazelnut cookies served with Alden ‘s Organic Vanilla Ice Cream: $95 ************************************************************************** Register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gourmets-delight-cooking-class-party-tickets-55617419198?janus_fv=exp_eb_86972_related_events_v2%3DA Get ready to roll out some dough—we’re going to make this elegant pizza of organic figs and three cheeses that’s an absolute favorite with friends. And that’s just the appetizer. Jeff will share a restaurant secret in making perfectly cooked cod loin, and we will prepare a compound butter that's a match made-in-heaven with roasted butternut squash. Finally, we’ll cap the evening with divine cacao and hazelnut cookies served with a dollop of our favorite organic ice cream. Registration required through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gourmets-delight-cooking-class-party-tickets-55617419198?janus_fv=exp_eb_86972_related_events_v2%3DA ************************************************************* Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people. Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen, or a little of both. For more info and all classes, visit: www.refinedcook.com (http://refinedcook.com/)

Spice it up with "Hurry, I Want My Thai Green Chicken Curry" class

Pork and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap, Grapefruit Salad, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Pandan Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free): $95 Cook, party, meet cool folks. This is a hands-on class. BYOB, 4-6 participants. Note: spice alert (mild-medium) Registration required through Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2JxMR1p ***************************************************************************** Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap. In this class, we will make green curry paste from scratch which will be the base for both our delectable appetizer and the mildly spicy and bursting- with- flavor Thai Green Chicken Curry, one of Marlene’s all-time favorites! A Grapefruit Avocado salad will be a refreshing palate cleanser and we finish with a light dessert of Pandan Coconut Jelly. Ingredients are often organic, natural or sustainably sourced. Registration required through Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2JxMR1p For more info and all classes, visit www.refinedcook.com (http://refinedcook.com/)

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