Sweet Basil Cooking Class

One of our favorite dates happens to be one of the most expensive; we love taking professional, gourmet cooking classes.

One local place does it particularly well for date night- they offer a Gourmet Couples class designed for couples to work as a team to prepare part of a fine dining dish.

The instructors are top notch and most are professional chefs, instructors are culinary schools, or authors of cookbooks- and sometimes all of the above! They do their homework, and I have to say we’ve been so thrilled with each that we’re ready to get their numbers and start hanging out with them on the weekends.

They set up everything for you, and the professional chef teaches techniques and tricks for each dish made. I must admit I’ve never cut an onion the same again!

We did the butternut squash risotto portion of our meal- I’ve always wanted to learn the craft of risotto and I have a minor obsession with fall dishes. This will probably be made this Thanksgiving.

Can we talk about this this tenderloin too- amazing! Time to get this on the monthly rotation!

I really love that it makes cooking such a fun, new experience! And that I get to do it side-by-side with my favorite guy isn’t so bad either.

We even learned some plating skills, which heaven knows I can use all the help I can get in that area!

At the end of the cooking everyone sets out their dishes so we can all gawk and admire them together.

And of course our favorite part of the evening is the dining and enjoying the fruits of our labors!

This may be a huge splurge, but it’s one perfect for a gift! I actually included this as a 12 Months of Dates Gift year ago, and it’s a birthday/anniversary gift we’ve done too. It’s been one of our gifts to both give and receive (because you win either way) to date!

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