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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Escape to the Caribbean

Sunday night Derek and braved the Minnesota Snow to head to St Paul for one of Derek's Christmas presents!  We attended a  Cooking Class/Demonstration at Cook's of Crocus Hill (Similar to William Sonoma).  Basically the night consisted of wine, great food, recipes (they handed them out!!) and Derek and I  getting to relax and talk! 

Cook's of Crocus Hill puts on cooking demonstrations that they like to call "Sunday Night Dinners."  Each dinner has a theme, and our theme was "Escape to the Caribbean."  I had picked this class/demonstration because one of the dishes we got to taste/eat was Crab Cake (one of Derek's favorites)! 

The menu we got to enjoy was delicious: 

Appetizer - Crab Cakes with Tomato Cilantro Sauve 
Soup - Caribbean Root Vegetable Soup 
Entree- Caribbean Roasted Chicken with Black Beans and Rice 
Dessert - Dolce De Leche Sauce served over Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


Derek and I chatted a bit with our fellow dinner goers through the course of the evening, while we all enjoyed the wonderful food.  I loved how cozy the atmosphere was, with long family style tables. The exposed brick wall gave the room a rustic feeling and added to the ambiance. You could see several chef's hurrying around the open kitchen as they put the finishing touches on the large platters of food that were brought out to our tables.    

I do wish however that we would have gotten more of a food demonstration on how our food was prepped. 

But all in all the experience was great.  Derek and I both enjoyed ourselves.  Maybe I will look into what other "Sunday Night Dinners"  Cooks fo Crocus Hill puts on in the future! 

Happy Monday