Photo courtesy of Stephanie Brown at SeaGrass Bistro in Yarmouth.
I don't know about everyone else, but as winter refuses to relinquish its reign, my culinary inspiration is suffering. With few restaurants open until the middle of April-or even May around here- and with the lack of fresh, local produce in the stores, daily dinners are becoming more of a struggle for satisfaction.
My solution: take a cooking class. This Sunday I'll be at the Market Basket (207-236-4371) in Rockport to learn from Melody Wolfertz of Rockland's wine bar, In Good Company (more on that next Monday). Here's a sampling of other classes you can sign up for over the next few weeks if you need to rekindle your culinary flame.
This Saturday and Sunday in Camden, Hartstone Inn (207-236-4259) chef Michael Salmon deciphers the tricks of perfecting pasta. If you reside up the coast, Kathy Winberg of Pairings (207-223-0990 ) in Winterport is leading "Salads for Supper" on Tuesday, April 8th. Down in Yarmouth, check out one of two classes offered on that same Tuesday: Stephanie Brown's "Lite & Easy" class at SeaGrass Bistro or the Black Tie Co.'s ( 207-761-6665) Blue Bayou night, where you can cook up a Cajun feast and indulge after. Learn how to bake artisan breads on Saturday, April 12th at the Stone Turtle Baking Company (207-324-7558) in Lyman. And while most of the Stonewall Kitchen Portland classes are full, you'll be relieved to know that the York headquarters is unveiling a new cooking school facility in May. The space will be a theater-style room facing a state-of-the-art kitchen and will showcase daily workshops as well as cookbook author readings and demonstrations. A good briefing here at The Seacoast .