Hill foodies will soon be able to learn some tricks of the trade from chefs on Barracks Row.
Cooks at 8th Street SE restaurants including Medium Rare, District Doughnut and Belga Cafe will participate in a lineup of Culinary Education Crawl classes on Nov. 15 and 16.
The classes offer immersion learning for beginning and experienced chefs alike, according to Sharon Bosworth, spokeswoman for Barracks Row Main Street, which is organizing the event.
Here are some of the highlights:
Shuck oysters at Senart’s — Senart’s Oyster and Chop House will run an all you can eat lesson in oyster shucking. It’s been one of the most popular classes of the crawl in previous years, Bosworth said. “Oysters shucking is just a dazzling moment,” she said. “It seems like one of those things that everyone — maybe from cave days — wants to know how you get the thing open.”
Cook a modern Mexican meal — Agua 301, the sister restaurant of Zest, will teach participants to make sautéed shrimp in a chipotle cream sauce, rice, and sweet potato and butternut squash mash with truffle oil.
Learn to make doughnuts — District Doughnut will train sweets lovers in making their popular doughnuts. “You will get undivided attention from the chef,” Bosworth said. Participants will take home an “ample” supply of doughnuts,the event website says.
Make the perfect steak — Medium Rare will give a step-by-step lesson on how to make classic dishes perfectly. The session will start with salads, move on to grilling steaks and then try french fries.
For information on prices and the full lineup of classes, see the event website.
Photos courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street