Where to find your next girlfriend, or the perfect date for your wife/girlfriend

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A cooking class is the following: a place for you to meet a person with outside interests. OR a fantastic idea for those wanting to take your beloved to someplace new: a cooking class. Please don’t hate on the idea, so stay with me while I plead my case. Every time I recommend this to someone, a deeper conversation reveals that they have a preconceived notion of what a cooking class is and isn’t. They are not your typical kitchen or classroom. A cooking class is an experience. Consider it an amplified dinner party. 

There’s another element to think about. Even if she’s not remotely interested in cooking, there’s something enticing about a woman watching her man get his hands messy in the kitchen. I have the actual proof, as I watched five other couples do this a few weeks ago in Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom.

My enthusiasm about Chef Eric’s class was also shared with a male friend who immediately rolled his eyes and replied, “I have other things I need to do.”

Nothing makes me more frustrated than seeing someone overlook an opportunity. This guy has been out on numerous and expensive dates, all unsuccessful. And since he came to me for advice, I didn’t hesitate by saying, “This is the perfect place for you to meet women, or take your girlfriend or wife. If you had one.”

Said guy hasn’t asked me for advice in awhile. I’m also working on my delivery skills.

There are a few different types of cooking classes. Back in the day when I waited tables at the Border Grill in Santa Monica, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger would have truly amazing events, but you didn’t cook. They were more demonstrations, where you would be entertained. A second type is a lengthy workshop where you make multiple dishes and they venture back and forth between lecture and hands-on guidance. Since then, I’ve attended at least 20 different types of cooking courses and learned that not all are created delicious. I love demonstrations, because you are usually fed well, and can just sit back and sip on a glass of wine while everything presented right in front of you. Workshops are my personal favorite, because you learn so much.

And then there are cooking courses like the one taught by Chef Eric. His very hands-on and well organized organization is more like a classroom. And I attended the Couples Romantic Cooking Class where we made five, count them FIVE dishes. All were delicious and uncomplicated. Clearly, if you’re looking to meet women, this is not the course for you. But with many different types, choose one to suit your need.

Here’s how the course works. 

  1. Upon walking in to Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, you’ll sit down at a long and perfectly set table with a very charming Eric describing what’s for dinner. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or cocktail (my neighbor bought a flask with a pre-made martini). Your glass will be refilled by Chef Eric often.
  2. Chef Eric will walk you through how the evening will go, then escort you into the kitchen, and give you an apron.Cooking class
  3.  You’ll be given an apron and split into small groups (or just couples) while each of you learn how to make a specific dish. 
  4. Everyone learns something different. I have good technique, but was blown away by him showing how to make sure your meat is cooked to the right temperature, illustrated here.
  5. You get to know other people, watch how they interact, make jokes, mess up a batch of something, and it’s all okay. Mistakes are how you get better. And Chef Eric will make sure that you learn how to do it right.
  6. When you’re done cooking, you’ll stand over a massive table of food that YOU had a hand in making. One couple was clearly having the best time laughing, doting over each other and I noticed that every time it came to completing a task, he would gently ask her for assistance while he took the lead. She wasn’t remotely interested in cooking. But she was so wowed at the end of it, those two were seemed in a world all their own. 
We made THIS. Photo by Mona Holmes

We made THIS. 

This heavenly menu was one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile. Descriptions below:

Striped bass poached in white wine with tomatoes, fennel and mire poix vegetables over a roasted garlic shallot mashed potatoes with thyme.

Striped Bass

Rosemary and oregano-spiced lamb loin chops with herb-roasted cherry tomatoes.

roasted lamb

Homemade fettuccine pasta (and no, it was not gluten-free. But our assistant assured us it is not difficult to make GF from scratch).

homemade fettuccine pasta

And then there was this: a chocolate rum mousse with homemade whipped cream. 

chocolate rum mousse

There are cooking classes closer to where you live, and they’re worth checking out. But if you live in Los Angeles, make your way to Overland and Pico and prepare to be wowed by what Chef Eric will teach you.

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom
2366 Pelham Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90064
www.culinaryclassroom.com

Thanks Chef Eric! And to my sister who posed as my date.

Thanks Chef Eric! And to my sister who posed as my date.

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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3 Responses to Where to find your next girlfriend, or the perfect date for your wife/girlfriend

  1. Trini says:

    I love this! Might I add chef eric is a cutie himself! lol

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