I just returned from five days in NOLA and wanted to pass along one of the highlights of my trip.
I attended a cooking class with Frank Brigtsen through the New Orleans Cooking Experience held at the House on Bayou Road and it was great! The attendees were 7 local folks, a woman from Alaska and me from San Francisco.
I take cooking classes a lot, mostly hands-on, and I was a little concerned when I learned that it was a demonstration class for the price. However, I figured since it was him, I would take a chance, and I’m so glad I did.
Frank is an extremely generous man, both with his time and his talent. He not only walked us through the recipes step-by-step, explaining how you make it all come out on time, he even told us how he makes the smothered pork chops he cooks at home, and we dutifully wrote down the directions, even though it wasn’t on our menu. For the Andouille and cornbread dressing, the cornbread he made for us was what he used for the dressing. For the pepper jelly glaze on the pork tenderloin, he made the pepper jelly first and then used it to make the glaze. (A lot of demo classes tell you what to do, but use previously prepared ingredients.)
It was a wonderful evening. The wine flowed from the beginning and didn’t stop until we said we had enough. They said the class normally lasts from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, but we didn’t leave until 10:45.
I know it’s expensive, but it was an all-around great experience and well worth the $150 fee. I can’t say enough good things about Frank. I had never met him, but by the time we left, I felt like I had known him for years. And the food was delicious. If you want to treat yourself or someone else, this is a great way to do it.