Ever wondered what braising is? How is pasta made? Why won’t my bread rise? And what is pâte à choux?
Kaffee 1858 & Public House in Guttenberg has planned a series of cooking classes that will answer each of those questions.
Monday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., a course on braising techniques will teach participants to brown meat in oil, then cook it in a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan, either on the stovetop or in the oven. “The long, slow cook time helps develop flavor and turn tougher meat cuts fork-tender,” say organizers. The cost of the braising class is $45, due upon registration.
Learn tips and techniques on for making fresh pasta from scratch at the second workshop, held on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Choux pastry, or pâte à choux, is a light pastry dough used to make profiteroles, croquembouches, and éclairs. Fresh pasta class is $45 per student, and choux pastry class is $35.
A class on artisan bread-making will be held Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. A variety of recipes and breads are included in this class, which costs $45.
Kaffee 1858 owner Sarah Pattison graduated from Kirkwood College with an Associate’s degree in culinary arts. She specializes in savory dishes. “It’s all about experiences. When you come in and have never tried something, don’t be shy about asking to taste it,” said Pattison. The cooking classes go along with the many other experiences Kaffee 1858 is providing.
Team trivia began in January, meeting on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Canvas Uncorked painting classes and round table discussions are being held monthly throughout the winter, with intriguing (nonpolitical) topics suggested. The restaurant also subscribes to weekly newspapers from Oregon, Maine, and New Orleans to help spark interesting conversation among its customers.
Each class is limited to just eight students, so interested participants should sign up as soon as possible in person at Kaffee 1858, located at 7 Schiller Street in Guttenberg. Each participant will receive an apron to take home, recipe(s), hands-on instruction & technique and includes a tasting at the conclusion of the class.
The restaurant specializes in fine coffees, teas, and simple contemporary cuisine like fresh salads, home made soups, and delicious quiches. As a full-service coffeeshop, Kaffee 1858 serves a variety of drinks, including frappes, chai, fruit smoothies, lattes and fountain sodas; along with a selection of craft beers and wines.
Photo courtesy of Kaffee 1858 & Public House.