"Cooking in New York: A Five-Day Global Culinary Adventure!" is the title of the class that I took at ICE Culinary's Recreational Dept in October. This is 5 days of touring different areas of Manhattan, eating at restaurants, shooping at markets, and returning to the school for group cooking, knife skills and a wine tasting. It is an amazing experience.
A little background - I am a working class single guy in my 40's that loves food (too much lol). I lost my mom last year and this was my special treat to myself on the anniversary of her passing. I never thought I would get to do this, but am grateful for the opportunity.
Day 1 - Tour of Chinatown, Dim Sum lunch at Grand Harmony restaurant, Knife Skills class, Wine Tasting
Day 2 - Breakfast at Payard Patisserie, JB Prince restaurant supply, Lunch at Bar Breton, French cooking
Day 3 - Breakfast at Ferrara bakery, shopping in Little Italy, Italian cooking
Day 4 - Breakfast at Sarabeth's, shopping in Spanish Harlem, Latin cooking
Day 5 - Breakfast at City Bakery, shopping at Union Square Greenmarket, American bistro cooking.
Let me just say that this was a lot to take in for a country boy but I loved every minute of it. I was tired at the end of every day but also energized by seeing so much of the city. The others in my class were native New Yorkers so I got a great perspective from those that live locally. We definitely saw a lot of the city!
The quality of the instructors and guides was very impressive. There were chefs, of course, but also book authors and entrepreneurs. Everyone was an expert at their craft and generous in sharing their skills.
Anyone with time in NYC should take at least a single class through ICE's Recreational Dept. If you have a week, the cost of this particular experience is well worth it.
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