There’s food, and then there’s culinary art. If you and your sweetheart are into the latter, a cooking class at the Biltmore Culinary Academy makes for a great date night in Miami. After all, you can go out to dinner any time, but learning how to prepare a truly gourmet meal from an expert instructor is a special experience, and you’re sure to share some laughs as you try new culinary techniques together. Better yet, this is a private cooking class, and you get to select the theme of the evening. Will it be tropical South Florida flavors? Asian buffet classics? You might even try a sushi rolling class. Whatever you choose, don an apron and prepare for a lesson that you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.
Generous views of the historic property fill the large windows in the expansive kitchen classroom where you’ll have your lesson. Food and wine go hand in hand, so pick a spot behind the sleek kitchen countertop and peruse the beverage menu. Order a bottle of your favorite from the banquet host, who will keep your glass filled. A professional chef will be your personal guide to mastering your chosen cuisine, showing you and your date the best way around a fully stocked, professional kitchen. Clink glasses in a toast and get down to business. You’ve got some cooking to do.
With your tools laid out before you, chalkboard walls display the details of your lesson, along with a list of ingredients. Show off your skills by slicing, dicing, and julienning as your chef guide teaches you proper technique. As you chop your vegetables and sip your wine, you and your date reminisce about home economics class – or at least the home ec classes you’ve seen in ’80s movies – and agree that this is far more enjoyable.
If you’ve chosen the Asian Buffet class, you’ll want to show off your skills, so add a bit of wrist-flicking flair as you toss the sliced peppers and onion in the pan. Saigon beef lettuce wraps and chicken satay skewers in a peanut sauce are crave-worthy starters you can share. Use a light hand when blanching the lettuce and rolling it to secure the tender beef filling. A keen eye keeps watch on the chicken satay to ensure they are the perfect golden brown – it’s all about the details, as you’ll learn in this class.
When everything has been plated, it’s time to taste the fruits of your labors. Take turns sampling your dish to make sure there’s a balance of flavors, and perhaps take the opportunity to lean in a little closer. Feeding each other bits of your delicious meal in progress is about as romantic as it gets. And no date is complete without something sweet, so you’re delighted with the Thai donuts — lightly dusted in powdered sugar, they’re perfectly bite-sized.
You survey your results, and you’re a little surprised at how well it all turned out. Elegant presentation, delicious flavor: Looks like you two make a pretty great team.