Sunday, November 09, 2014

Millennium Fall Cooking Class

A beautiful, fall salad of thinly shaved persimmon, topped with a salad of bitter greens, shaved fennel, and fresh herbs with a thick meyer lemon vinaigrette and toasted pistachios. What you can't see is the cashew cheese "chevre" under the greens.  A perfect start to a vegan Thanksgiving....

Today's cooking class at Millennium, San Francisco's premiere vegan restaurant, with Chef Eric Tucker, had an appropriate fall focus on comfort, along with California freshness.

Potatoes are a classic comfort and we elevated them in these perogies with a filling of potatoes, truffle, and cashew cream, served with a dijon-horseradish cream:

These thick cut potatoes fries were transformed by smoking:

Brussels Sprouts blanched then sauteed with smoked tofu were incredible:

A twist of vegetable-fried rice, this version with kimchee:

Grilled tempeh with quince-braised cabbage:

For the gluten-free, a truffle-potato cake subbed for the perogi (we added garbanzo flour to the potato filling and dusted with a combination of rice flour and a gluten-free flour mix from Red Mill), pan-fried, then baked:

Dessert was a blondie-crusted pear torte with cashew pastry cream and a failed whipped cashew cream became the most amazing cashew ice cream spiked with orange and rum:

Many thanks to Eric and Sam for another great class.

A fabulous group of cooks and food enthusiasts today - cheers!

As always, here are links to my posts on my many previous Millennium cooking classes:

  • Chile Class 2011

  • July 2011 Class

  • Mushroom Cooking Class January 2011

  • Sept.2010 Cooking Class

  • July 2010 Cooking Class

  • June 2010 Cooking Class

  • Spring Cooking Class 2010

  • Chiles Cooking Class 2009

  • July Cooking Class 2009

  • June Cooking Class 2009

  • Spring Cooking Class 2009

  • Mushroom Cooking Class

  • Holiday Cooking Class

  • Fall Harvest 2008

  • Indian Summer

  • Southern Comfort Cooking Class

  • Spring Cooking Class

  • Fall Harvest Cooking Class

  • Chiles Class

  • Tomato Class