Fullerton Arboretum Kicks Off New Culinary Series: Thursdays In The Kitchen!

Series emphasizes cooking with seasonal and locally available ingredients.

This winter, the Fullerton Arboretum is launching its inaugural culinary series, Thursdays In The Kitchen. These demonstration style cooking classes, conducted in the Arboretum’s own industrial kitchen, will explore the gourmet side of seasonal and locally sourced food. Classes are conducted by renowned Orange County chefs, farmers and food experts and will utilize Arboretum-grown ingredients whenever possible. Class are held on most Thursday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm.

Thursdays In The Kitchen participants will have a front row seat to clever preparations of a variety of edible delights and up close gastronomic lessons from Jonathan Dye, Jonathan Duffy Davis and Alicia Hitchcock. As an example of what to expect, the upcoming French Bistro Cooking class (held on February 7th) has a planned menu of Mache & Roasted Beet Salad w/Walnuts; Potato & Celery Root Gratin; Classic Coq Au Vin; and finished with The Best Chocolate Mousse. Wine, snacks and dinner, in the form of the menu being taught, will be provided during each class. Currently scheduled from mid-January through the end of March, the Arboretum hopes to continue the series through summer, with a new set of menus.
 
Culinary expert Jonathan Dye has been teaching cooking classes throughout Southern California for the past decade. He is passionate about food and community, and how the two intersect. Alicia Hitchcock is the owner of Alicia’s Cookery & Catering; a restaurant and full service catering company dedicated to serving wholesome and healthy dishes to the community. Jonathan Duffy Davis is the Arboretum’s own farmer, biologist and cook. He manages the three-acre Arboretum farm that produces many of the ingredients used during this series.
 
Those interested in enrolling in any Thursdays In The Kitchen sessions are encouraged to register as soon as possible, due to limited space. Classes are $55 each, $50 for Arboretum members. Advanced registration is required and can be done over the phone with a credit card, or in person at the Arboretum with cash or check. Gift certificates are also available. Please call 657.278.3407 to register. If you have questions, contact Evelyn Brown at 657.278.4681 or evbrown@fullerton.edu. For more information about the Fullerton Arboretum and other classes being offered, visit www.fullertonarboretum.org.
 
Full listing of class titles and dates:  
 
Thursday January 24th – Southern California Cool Season Cuisine  Asparagus w/Prosciutto w/Lemon Saballon; New Potatoes Scented with Rosemary Garlic; Cedar Plank Roast Salmon; Plum Pinon Streusel Cake. 
 
Thursday January 31st – Cooking with Lemon Lettuce&Herb Salad w/Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette; Chicken Pot Pie w/Lemon&Thyme; Meyer Lemon Curd; Lemon Filled Cupcakes w/Vanilla Buttercream  
 
Thursday February 7th – French Bistro Cooking Mache&Roasted Beet Salad w/Walnuts; Potato&Celery Root Gratin; Classic Coq Au Vin; The Best Chocolate Mousse  
 
Tuesday February 12th – A Valentine’s Menu (Held on Tuesday to accommodate Valentine’s Day) Red&Golden Beet Cheese Tart; Broccoli Rabe w/Garlic; Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignons w/Bernaise Sauce; Salted Caramel Pot de Crème  
 
Thursday February 28th – Focus on Balsamic Vinegar Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes w/Basil; Balsamic Portobello Steaks; Chicken w/Prosciutto&Balsamic; Honey Pine-Nut Tart w/Gelato&Balsamic Glaze  
 
Thursday March 7th – Mediterranean Small Plates Dinner Party Marinated Feta with Olives; Sautéed Shrimp w/Garlic; Lamb Meatballs; Seasonal Fritto Misto; Fresh Garlic&Tomato Toasts  
 
Thursday March 21st – Italian-American Cooking Eggplant Parmesan; Salad of Bitter Greens w/Lemon Vinaigrette; Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs w/Papardelle; Bittersweet Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies  
 
Thursday March 28th – A Springtime Menu Mixed Salad w/Kalamata Olives, Feta&Balsamic Vinaigrette; Carrot Soup; Roast Asparagus w/Parmesan; Succulent Stuffed Pork Chops; Tiramisu  
 

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