The fall session of the Tucson Original Master Classes kicks off on September 11. There are just a few spots left for the series of six hands-on classes, each led by a Tucson Original chef. Classes are all held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm at the Tucson Appliance Kitchen showroom located at 4229 E Speedway Blvd.
Cost is $600 per person for the series of six classes (may be shared by more than one student) and includes a class notebook, detailed recipes, and a Tucson Originals apron. Students get to enjoy the “fruits of their labor” at the end of each class at a sit-down dinner with the chef. The schedule is:
• September 11 – Chef Jim Murphy, Kingfisher/BlueFin
• September 25 – Chef August Ench, Dakota Cafe
• October 9 - Chef Erik Savin, PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol Resort
• October 23 – Chef Massimo Tenino, Tavolino Ristorante Italiano
• November 6 – Chef Timothy Moore, Pastiche Modern Eatery
• November 20 – Chefs Tara Cragg & Christopher Baldwin, Delectables
I participated at the very last class of the last session. Chef Angel Fabian of Noble Hops Gastropub was in charge. The food and the many tips and tricks that only a restaurant chef will share with devout cooks is a rare experience.
Participants claim a vital role in the process where everyone can be part of a task or like me, a spectator. I wandered from cooking station to cooking station intent and learning. Worry not; you do not need to wait until dinner is served as there is plenty of deftly-made nosh to appease your appetites. People bring wine to share in the beginning but later wine is poured with the meal when everyone sits down together.
It was great fun to hang out with the Mussman brothers (Joshua & Aric) and their mother Suzanne who they obviously adore. It warms my heart to see when adult sons publicly dote on their mother. I wonder who does the cooking at their house? These brothers are so dedicated to the craft of good food and their restaurants’ successes prove it. The Mussman brothers’ first restaurant was Vero Amore (now 2 locations plus a fire truck converted into a food truck).
If you like to cook and want to hang out with a diverse bunch of foodies who crave the nuances of forward first food preparation and adult beverage pairing – the Tucson Originals master chef classes are for you.
To sign up for classes or for more information contact Tucson Originals Executive Director Colette Landeen at email@example.com or 520-343-9985.