Kitchen Window Cooking Class (Minneapolis, MN)

Posted on July 14, 2011


General Mills had the fantastic idea to set up a cooking class for the interns this summer.  About 40-50 interns and new full-time hires gathered at Kitchen Window in Uptown Minneapolis, MN for an “informal appetizer cooking class.”  Four stations were set up outside on their patio overlooking uptown and refreshments, dessert and trivia were set up inside.  Kitchen Window cooking classes are all held upstairs above their gourmet kitchen housewares store.  Our June 24th event menu consisted of:
Smoked Sundried Tomato Spread with Grilled Baguette
Grilled Romano Meatballs
Brick Oven Grilled Neapolitan Pizza
Portabella Sliders with Basil Pesto
Italian Bistecca Skewers
Oak Planked Tiramisu

Chef Ryan Aberle (full-time teacher at Kitchen Window) at the outdoor brick oven pizza station.  Note the Big Green Eggs behind the Chef- Kitchen Window offers classes exculusively using Big Green Eggs to smoke, grill and bbq.

Kendel and I rolling out our dough in the sun.  After the pizza station our group of interns rotated to the next station out of the 4 total stations.  The other two dishes (sundried tomato spread and tiramisu) were already made set out.

Making of our Italian Bistecca Skewer marinade (garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme, rosemary, olive oil)

Strip loin steak pieces for the skewers

Kendel, Me, Ally in our Kitchen Window aprons

Overall a great informal, casual event.  Much of the prep had already been done and some dishes were even cooked for us!  It was certainly for beginners and meant more for socializing and eating rather than cooking.  My favorite by far was the Portabella sliders with Basil Pesto.  Grilled, stemmed baby portabellas brushed with oil and topped with melted Gruyere on grilled, buttered mini buns.  Add caramelized red onion jam and basil pesto on the slider and you’ve got a winner.  I’d be interested to see what the other more cooking-intensive classes are like at Kitchen Window but until then, tell me your own experiences!

Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408