Freeport, Illinois — Pretzel City Kitchens, a community kitchen open to the public at 1 East Spring St. in Freeport, is now hosting culinary classes for the public. The next available class is Seafood and Wine Pairing on Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At this class, attendees will try different wines with several seafood dishes, both hot and cold, to discover how to really knock the socks off guests at a seafood gathering or how to just enjoy a glass of the perfect vino when planning to kick back with a Nautilus-inspired evening at home. They’ll take home a bottle of specially selected white wine along with the evening’s recipes. Cost is $75 and the registration deadline is 5 pm on Tuesday, September 4.
Following Seafood and Wine Pairing, Braising Essentials will be offered on Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This stove-top slow-cooking method was a preferred way to produce extra flavorful, tender dishes long before the invention of the slow-cooker and is also an economical way to stretch less-tender cuts of meat. Braising involves partially submerging the ingredients during cooking in a Dutch oven or similar pot so they are steeped in both steam and liquid, yielding an unbelievably rich layering of flavors. Attendees will leave with a handful of braising recipes (which will be tasted too, of course) as well as a basting brush and ladle. Cost is $75 and the registration deadline is 5 pm on Tuesday, September 18.
Register and pay online at www.pretzelcitykitchens.org or call Pretzel City Kitchens at 815-908-0224 for more info. Class sizes are limited in order to allow all attendees to fully participate, so please register early (additional sessions may be offered if needed – watch for further information).
Pretzel City Kitchens is a certified, shared-use commercial kitchen that provides commercial-grade kitchen equipment and processing space for both emerging and established food-based ventures/businesses, caterers, individuals, and other organizations that may require a large kitchen for food preparation projects. Other potential uses for the kitchen include serving as a location for cooking classes offered by businesses and educational organizations as well as a space for those desiring a large kitchen for parties or other private events.
The 1000+ square-foot, handicapped-accessible kitchen occupies a separately secure space on the first floor of Wagner House at 1 East Spring St. and is available to Pretzel City Kitchen users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipment includes two 10-burner gas stoves, commercial ovens, bakery-grade mixers, and all necessary cookware needed for large-scale kitchen projects.
All information and even dates/descriptions can be found on the Pretzel City Kitchens website at www.pretzelcitykitchens.org or call Pretzel City Kitchens at 815-908-0224.