I have a plan for this summer. It developed when I noticed that Christine Ferber was giving a class at the French Pastry School in Chicago-something that she has done for the past few years. As I am an admirer- I thought I'd like to go, and write about it. However, it turns out that although many of the FPS's master classes are open to amateur enthusiasts, Ms. Ferber's is not one of them.
Apparently after last year's class, the amateurs complained that the class moved too quickly, while the pros thought it was too basic. So now, only pros are admitted to her class. But there is a related class, open to "cooking enthusiasts" as well as pros, which is an introduction to jams and jellies. While I was disappointed about C. F., I did note that the class was half as expensive, looks great, and involves boxing up your work product to take home!
The teacher looks interesting, and the classes are 3 days in July, from 4pm to 9pm. I decided to go learn some techniques for a favorite activity, and write about the experience- possibly maybe a free lance magazine article (?), but certainly for Toast.
So I signed up. Anyone else want to come ? It would surely be an interesting trip for a cook into preserving, and it would be fun to meet up with some of you in class. They expect you to bring and wear a chef's jacket, but they do furnish all the equipment and supplies for the class. I'm kind of jazzed about getting the jacket, dork that I am. Also they suggest a notebook and pen, and a (still) camera. Glad about the camera, I am. (Videos not permitted).
Here's where you can find out about it. You will see that I've borrowed their photo. Other interesting "continuing education" classes are listed on the site. The ones marked with little diamonds are open to chefs and amateurs alike. I figured that if I have enough energy, I'll do some other Chicago things during the day. Dunno though, keeping up with a five hour per day cooking class might leave me spending the rest of the time resting the proverbial dogs. Old lady that I've become. sigh.
Ideally, I will do some sightseeing/museum-ing/shopping, etc. in the morning, try someplace interesting for lunch as a main meal (cheaper than dinner), take a huge nap/rest/siesta at the hotel, grab a roll or something, and head for the 4:00 class. By 9:00, when it's over, I'll probably need to crash. I hope to take lots of notes and some photos, and tell you all about what I learn. If it's really hard work, I may ditch everything but the class, sleeping, and, of course, eating-which I seldom forget to do.
What, you might ask, am I doing planning another holiday less than a month before my English trip? Well, I've been thinking about this venture for some time, but also, mostly, I need to have something else of the same sort to look forward to when I come back from a trip. So that I can, you know, get myself to get back to work and what have you, without a lot of moaning. Seems to work.
So, what do you say? Anyone interested in a class in Chicago?