French Classics, Spanish Paella & Tapas, Raw & Vegan, Asian Sensations & More! March Madness Cooking Classes in Toronto!

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Intro to Raw Cuisine with Mary Hulbert at The Depanneur, March 4.  3:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $65+HST/person.  Chef Mary Hulbert is back with another great class devoted to all things raw!  Learn how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, the health benefits of raw foods, and more.  This interactive and demo-style workshop will feature all gluten-free, vegan recipes: vanilla-infused almond milk, superfood energy smoothie, raw zucchini pasta with lemon hemp pesto, and blueberry chia pudding.  All participants will also receive copies of all the recipes to take home!   http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-intro-to-raw-cuisine-with-mary-hulbert/

Celebrity Supper Club at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 6.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Be dazzled and star-struck with food at this special celebrity-inspired supper club at the LCBO.  Right on the heels of the Oscars, chefs Lesley Stoyan and Sandra Latcham from Daily Apple, Toronto, will be recreating some delicious 5-star dishes and recipes from some of Hollywood’s finest.  On the menu: Clueless Crostini – wild mushrooms, artichokes and leeks (Alicia Silverstone); spaghetti with crispy zucchini and basil, lemon and Parmigiano Reggiano (Gwyneth Paltrow) and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Chocolate-Making Workshop at Chocolate Tales, March 6.  8pm-9:30pm.  519 Eglinton West at The Mad Bean.  $82 +HST/person (use code COCOA2013 at checkout to receive 45% off a full-price workshop ticket!).  Whether your tastebuds yearn for chocolate right around Valentine’s Day or you’re just a chocolate enthusiast, this chocolate-making workshop will satisfy those sweet teeth!  Learn about the history of chocolate, sample from bean to bar with 4 chocolate tastings, work with Belgian chocolate to make bonbons, truffles, fondant, and more!  http://chocolatetalesthemadbean.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

Amazing Asian by Marni Wasserman, March 7.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  This gluten and dairy-free cooking class will delight the tastebuds with a delicious Asian-inspired menu!  Menu includes vegetable nori rolls, napa cabbage salad, tempeh stir-fry, arame (sea vegetable) soba noodle salad, green tea chocolate bliss balls and more!  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=107

Sourdough Bread Making by Trade School Toronto, March 7.  1pm-3pm.  7 Hart House Circle in the Hart House Board Room at University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Price: barter!  Click on the link for more info on what you can bring to “pay” for your class!  Trade School Toronto is a fun, innovative, and communal learning project that is based on spreading and gaining knowledge through barter.  At this class, learn how to make sourdough bread with Sarah E. Hoffman with basic recipes and techniques.  Enjoy multigrain sourdough loaf and a sourdough pizza crust!  http://tradeschool.coop/toronto/class

Vegan Cookie Decorating by Trade School Toronto, March 9.  3pm-5pm.  7 Hart House Circle in the Hart House Board Room at University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Price: barter!  Click on the link for more info on what you can bring to “pay” for your class!  Trade School Toronto is a fun, innovative, and communal learning project that is based on spreading and gaining knowledge through barter.  At this class, learn how to make vegan sugar cookies and flood icing with Sarah E. Hoffman with basic recipes and techniques.  All supplies are provided so bring a container to take your delicious decorated cookies home and a healthy appetite!  http://tradeschool.coop/toronto/class

GE Café Chefs Series: Maple Madness at Evergreen Brick Works, March 12.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop or $420 for 6 workshops.  Workshops include cooking demos, wine tastings, and discussions about current and important food issues affecting our culinary and social environments, all in an intimate setting.  At this workshop, join Chef Matthew DeMille as he celebrates the maple syrup in Prince Edward County!  Enjoy a maple-inspired menu and wine from Flat Rock Cellars, Ontario.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#mar12

Local Comforts at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 13.  5:30pm-8:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $85 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Savour the comforts of local and seasonal food and wine during these lingering weeks of winter at this full-meal class hosted and lef by Cjef Matthew Kennedy.  On the menu: crispy duck confit with mash, baby spinach, and Ontario sour-cherry preserves; roasted heirloom beet salad and more!  PLUS, one lucky attendee will receive a special hand blender and recipes from Matthew Kennedy himself!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Kimchi and Banchan with Jonna Pedersen at The Depanneur, March 18.  6:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Chef Jonna Pedersen leads this extensive workshop devoted to the exquisite cultural traditions and intricacies of Korean cuisine, particularly banchan, a Korean tapas-style meal featuring small savoury dishes served with rice and kimchi.  This hands-on workshop will feature 3 different kinds of kimchi as well as a number of banchan side dishes including spring onion pancakes, candied lotus roots, pickled onion and garlic, and so much more!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-kimchi-banchan-with-jonna-pedersen/

Veggin’ Comfortably by Marni Wasserman, March 18.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet and/or lifestyle isn’t always easy and can sometimes be a little overwhelming and confusing.  This class will introduce you to lots of helpful information, tools, and recipes to make the transition fun, simple, and delicious!  Sample recipes include butternut squash, lentil and coconut soup, black bean burgers, marinated kaleslaw salad and more!  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=116

Warming Soups & Salads at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 20.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location. There’s nothing like a comforting, hearty, and delicious bowl of stew, soup, or chowder to welcome you after a cold winter day.  Join Nettie Cronish as she shows you how to make these hearty dishes along with some nutritious salads!  On the menu: apricot lentil soup; barley miso soup; soba noodle salad with dried mushrooms and ginger tahini dressing, and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Spanish Tapas and Paella at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 23.  10:30pm-12:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Take a culinary journey to Spain with Chef Jose Arato, owner of Toronto’s Pimentón, as he shows you the tastes, flavours, and techniques of tapas and paella!  On the menu: escalivada (Catalan eggplant and pepper salad); paella a la valenciana (chicken and seafood paella); sofrito (one of Spain’s basic sauces); and ice cream turrón with vanilla sauce and fresh berries.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

French Classics Revisited at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 25.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Tradition and simplicity take centre-stage at this worldly French cooking class led by Chef Verner Hauer.  On the menu: leek and potato soup with fresh thyme; Parisian chicken breast with raspberry vinaigrette sauce; classic parsley boiled and buttered new potatoes; escargots in white wine sauce and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Homemade Pasta 201 at The Culinarium, March 26.  6:30pm-9pm.  705 Mount Pleasant Road.  $99 +HST/person plus additional rates for multiple persons.  Chef Angelo Bean returns to The Culinarium for more pasta-making fun!  Learn how to make stuffed pastas, flavoured pastas, and more.  This class is perfect for those who want to learn the ins and outs of homemade pasta making (beginners welcome!) and for those who would love to engage in more instruction after the Pasta 101 class.  http://www.culinarium.ca/index.php?page=culinarium-events

Spring Entertaining Menu at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 27.  6pm-8:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $75 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Break out the pastels and fresh linens and tablecloths – it’s time for a bright and cheerful spring gathering!  Join Chef Paula Bambrick for this class featuring make-ahead dishes and organizing tips for your upcoming party!  On the menu: phyllo-wrapped asparagus with lemon aioli; smoked salmon tartlets, Cornish hens with herb sauce, roasted rhubarb tarts with strawberry tarts and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

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