As Spanish As Chicken Paella

by tdo


The first cooking class at The Milestone Culinary Arts Center was a delightful learning experience for The Dallas Opera and everyone who attended. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Chef Sharon Van Meter (a 1997 “Chef of the Year” who dazzled her clientele as Executive Chef of both Neiman Marcus and the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago) and her assistant, Lenny.

The afternoon began with us being served White Peach Sangria. It was very refreshing for a hot Sunday afternoon. The first recipe we learned was Chicken and Sausage Paella. It was a Spanish dish with an assortment of vegetables and spices. The second dish we made was Austrian Roast Beef with Forest Mushrooms and Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes. The two entrees were followed by three Italian cakes in which everyone was given the chance to decorate with the almond icing made by Chef Sharon.

Up Next? How to cook (or simply savor) Austrian Cuisine! Make your reservation now! $50 per person and $25 for the tasting alone.

2 Responses to As Spanish As Chicken Paella

blue_fairieTX says: July 2, 2008 at 11:48 am

O.K. I think I just started to drool. The next menu sounds SOOO good. I can hardly wait!!

Suzanne says: July 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm

There goes my diet.

We just received the menu for the Austrian culinary class on Sunday, July 13th at The Viking School at Milestone Culinary Arts Center. Participants (whether cooking or simply tasting) will enjoy several classic Viennese signature dishes, including Weiner Schnitzel, Liptauer (a paprika cheese spread), traditional potato salad and Crescent cookies…not to mention a fabulous chocolate cake, known as Sacher torte (named after the city’s Hotel Sacher) for dessert.

Both the class with Chef Sharon Van Meter, head of “Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas” and former executive chef for both Neiman Marcus and the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, and a sit-down tasting run just $50 per person.

The tasting alone is half-price, at $25 per person.

RSVP on The Dallas Opera Reservations Hotline at 214.443.1044 and don’t forget that the class starts at 2:00 pm with the tasting at around 3:45 pm until 5:00 pm.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today! If this is anything like our last class, you’ll have your cake — and eat it, too!!

Suzanne Calvin, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing, The Dallas Opera