When I first saw the promotion pop into my inbox I was excited for two reasons. One, it's not everyday that you can take a vegan cooking class and two, it was for only $49. Double score!
My boyfriend and I took a cooking class together last year at Culinarie located in downtown Washington, D.C. The cooking class was amazing, however the price wasn't. I don't remember exactly how much each seat was but quickly looking at some upcoming classes tells me they are close to $200 a pop! It was totally worth it and I'm glad I did it but for the price I don't think I'd go back.
Anyways, Living Social's three hour cooking class, "I can't believe it's vegan with Dawn McCaslin" earlier this month was hands down fantastic. We made four courses and I had great leftovers for lunch the next day. Dawn is the creator of The Crispy Sage, which I highly recommend you check out if you are already vegan or looking to make the switch.
Our first course was simple: BLT bites. What might you ask is in a vegan BLT bite? Easy. Cherry tomatoes stuffed with spinach leaves, shiitake mushroom and a dollop of Sriracha mayo. Delicious! And they are perfect for parties or a quick appetizer.
Second course: Mini Chile Rellenos (photo above). These took a bit of effort and there are 20 different ingredients for both the cashew cream cheese and the chile rellenos. However, they were spicy, tasty and certainly worth the effort.
Third course: Crispy Mac & Cheese. The funny thing about this dish was that there was no cheese, even vegan substitute cheese involved. So I think a different name for the dish might be appropriate. It is however, different and delicious. This recipe also calls for a significant amount of seasoning and ingredients, but worth the effort.
I'll link to all of the recipes on separate pages so this post isn't too long.