The stress of planning and cooking a holiday meal can sap all of the fun out of celebrating with friends and family. Gateway Guesthouse, a bed and breakfast in the historic Travis Heights neighborhood, wants to strip away the hassle and return the fun to holiday meals with its Fearless Feast series of cooking classes.
Chef Bess Giannakakis will teach pre-holiday classes on Wednesday, November 27, Monday, December 23, and Tuesday, December 24, during which she will teach participants the ins and outs of creating a decadent holiday meal. Students will take the prepared meals home to finish cooking their feasts in their own kitchens. Each class includes detailed, hour-by-hour instructions to finish and serve the meal, access to the Gateway’s Gravy Boat Hotline phone number, full recipes and a complete shopping list for preparing the meal again at home.
Participants in the Thanksgiving class learn how to make a turkey with Tex-Mex flair, a wide variety of sides and the art of making homemade bread buns and pie crust.
Giannakakis creates the feast menus by drawing on her more than 20 years of experience working in some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis, including her own Colossal Café, which was featured on the Food Network. She will teach participants in the Thanksgiving class how to make a turkey with Tex-Mex flair, a wide variety of sides and the art of making homemade bread buns and pie crust.
Christmas dinner participants will master cooking everything from a standing rib roast to a bourbon pecan tart. Each Fearless Feast class is $195 for the day of cooking (10 am to 3 pm) and two take-home meals. Additional meals can be made for $20 per meal.
After the holidays, Gateway Guesthouse will resume its regular cooking class schedule with sessions that highlight Giannakakis’ vast culinary experience. Participants can learn to prepare classic Tuscan dishes, perfect their knife skills, master bread making or tackle the essential sauces. Each class is $65.
Gateway also offers full-day Shop, Cook and Dine excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during which guests get to shop farmers markets, Whole Foods and specialty stores with Giannakakis, then prepare a meal together. To end the day, participants savor the fruits of labor with dinner on the patio overlooking Gateway’s lovely pool. The Shop, Cook and Dine events are by reservation only and cost $720 for up to four people.
Offering a variety of different culinary experiences, Gateway Guesthouse and Giannakakis can help even the most novice cook become fearless in the kitchen while enjoying the comforts of their well-appointed inn.