I’m not a trained chef.
I didn’t know much about cooking and baking until about five years ago (when I was diagnosed with celiac disease).
Yet, today, I’ve become a passionate home cook and food blogger.
So it’s apropos that last week I hosted the February Denver Blogger’s Club event at Uncorked Kitchen in Park Meadows. Uncorked Kitchen is a cooking school for anyone who likes to cook or who is looking for a fun, hands-on cooking experience with friends.
At Uncorked Kitchen, I got to work on improving my cooking skills.
Before I share what I learned, I’d like to disclose that Uncorked Kitchen sponsored our Denver Blogger Club event, which included providing the cooking class at no cost to our club members and a sponsorship fee.
Our class started off by meeting Chef Eric Robbins and Chef Albert Gonzales. They told us a bit about Uncorked Kitchen. Chef Eric started as a chef but grew tired of the chaotic lifestyle of working in restaurant kitchens. He and his wife, Katie, decided to start their own cooking school where “people of all walks of life could come and join in the joy of food in the making.”
When you take a class at Uncorked Kitchen, you are paired with a professional chef who cooks side by side with you as you together prepare a delicious meal. Instead of waiting to be served your food, at Uncorked Kitchen you get to be a part of the hands-on process of making it.
If I’ve learned anything in all my years in marketing, it’s that people don’t like to buy things as much as they like to buy experiences. Uncorked Kitchen offers up a fun and memorable cooking experience for couples, friends, corporate groups and clubs. They also are the perfect venue for adult and kid birthday parties, and they offer a variety of kid-friendly summer camps too! Rather than go out to dinner with friends, Uncorked Kitchen instead gives you a fun and memorable experience.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Uncorked Kitchen.
The kitchen is beautiful – fully stocked with everything you need to create a delicious meal.
The view is outstanding – you can see the Rocky Mountains as you enjoy your food and sip on wine.
The food was incredible. You will enjoy every tasty bite and leave with a full belly.
Last week, about 20 Denver bloggers gathered at Uncorked Kitchen to make White Wine Braised Chicken with Mustard and Thyme as well as Squash with Chili Yogurt Sauce. The Chefs made the meal 100% gluten-free to not only accommodate me, but also to accommodate several other bloggers who attended the event. All I can say is that Uncorked Kitchen made gluten-free delicious! I don’t think anyone even noticed the gluten was missing from the meal!
Chef Albert showed us how to peel garlic, cut onions, chop herbs and braise chicken. I learned some new techniques and had fun trying them too! I also learned that “fond” is the brown bits of food stuck on the bottom of the pot after sauteing meat.
So if you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when 20 bloggers gather for a cooking class, this is what you’ll see… everyone taking photos to capture the experience! What a hoot!
In addition to the cooking class, Chef Albert and our very own Denver Blogger Club member, Rachel Nichols of The Fond Life, offered up some tips to food styling and plating. We were able to make our food look like works of art!
Overall, the food was delicious (bravo to us all!), the experience was memorable, and the learning opportunity was priceless. Just look at the fun we had!
I would like give a special thank you to the following people:
Katie, Eric and Chef Albert at Uncorked Kitchen for a wonderful afternoon out with my blogger friends.
Rachel Nichols for her thoughtful food styling and plating tips.
Teri Virbickis of Taking Stock Images for capturing the day so beautifully via pictures. Isn’t she fantastic?!?
And a special thank you to all Denver Blogger Club members who came out to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon feeding their bodies and souls.
To learn more about or to schedule an event at Uncorked Kitchen, visit the school online at www.UncorkedKitchen.com.