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[Hands-On] Carnitas and Mexican Chocolate Empanada Workshop | Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-6PM

[Hands-On] Carnitas and Mexican Chocolate Empanada Workshop | Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-6PM

Regular price $59.00 USD
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What are empanadas? In short... Think hand pies that can be a meal, or a dessert!  They're a perfect cozy Fall food, and although you can go either sweet or savory, you don't have to choose – we’re making both!

Learn from Chef Crystal Bounds as she mixes her way through empanada dough with two fillings: Pork carnitas for savory, and Mexican chocolate for the sweet side. You'll get to sample both, as well as don an apron and try your hand at making some to take home. Complimentary wine or beer, and private shopping time, what's not to like? Grab a partner and sign up for this opportunity to learn a new skill while having a fun and tasty Sunday afternoon. 

Class Type: Demonstration & Hands-on, with drinks & food
Date & Time: Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-6PM
Seating Available: 6 counter seats

    All food and drink is prepared and served in a kitchen that contains animal products, gluten, nuts, and other potential allergens. Items on class menus can not be made-to-order, so substitutions are not available.

    About the instructor

    Currently employed at the University of Iowa, Crystal Bounds-Howard is an award-winning chef who has worked in the food service industry for over 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College and graduated from the French Pastry school of Chicago as well as completing a culinary degree from Kirkwood Community College. Crystal has spent several years working for Bon Appetit (Compass Group) at Cornel College, Top of the Five restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Collins Plaza Hotel, Wilson’s Orchard and Farm, and the Pastry Chef at Lincoln Café in Mount Vernon, IA. Some of her recipe work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens in addition to local Iowa and mid-west newspapers. 

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    Cooking Class FAQ's

    How much do they cost?

    Our cooking classes and demonstrations range in price from around $35 to $90 per person, depending on the class, and what is included. Many classes feature a full meal's worth of food, plus extras, and some classes may include food or product to take home.

    How many people will be attending?

    Our classes and demonstrations roughly seat between 6 to 12 students, depending on the class. There is counter seating for in-close viewing, and cocktail tables for two available for separate ticket purchase, a little farther away from the action.

    Ticket purchases are made here, through our website, on a first-come-first-serve basis, with the attendee(s) being able to specify whether they want to sit at the counter or at a couples table. We will make a seating chart for the class based on attendee's preferences.

    What kind of classes do you offer?

    We offer a variety of classes and demonstrations, including recipe walkthroughs, technique demonstrations, beer & wine tastings, etc.

    Most of our classes are "demonstrations," in that the attendees, for the most part, are not actively participating in the cooking, but instead watching, learning, and participating in the eating (the best part). That being said, some classes feature more active participation (knife skills classes, for example).

    Who teaches the classes?

    Our instructors feature local chefs and culinary experts from around the area, as well as local amateur cooks who have recipes to share. If you are interested or know somebody who might be interested in teaching a cooking class/demonstration, shoot us an email.

    When are your classes held?

    Most of our classes are held in the evening, after the store closes, around 6 p.m. Weekday and weekend classes are both available. They are all in the roughly 1-2 hour range in length.

    How often are the classes?

    We plan for roughly one class or demonstration every week. We will take a break during the months of November, December and early January, when we are busy with holiday shopping and unable to hold classes.

    Do I need to bring anything the night-of?

    You don't need to bring anything other than a smile. As most of our classes begin after the store closes, just knock at the store's front door if it's locked, and we'll get you checked in. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the class begins. You are free to shop around the store while you wait.

    When is the class schedule posted?

    Class schedules for the next month are posted on the 15th of each month prior.

    What about kids?

    We have a minimum age restriction of 14+ required for class registration; for some classes it may be higher, or an adult (aged 18+) may need to be in accompanying attendance.

    For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, we ask that you do not bring infants or children to the class. All attendees must have a paid seat.

    What about a private event?

    We do plan to eventually offer options for customers to make reservations for private events/dinners like birthday parties or other celebrations and get-togethers. We will make an announcement when we launch this service.

    How does cancellation work?

    Due to planning, prep costs, and food purchases made in advance of the class, cooking classes are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another guest of your choice.

    If Prairie Kitchen Store cancels a class, you will receive a full refund and be notified as soon as possible.

    Event Photography Notice

    There will be event photography during our classes that may be used for promotional purposes. Please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed.