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Drew Spangler Faulkner: Chef, cooking teacher, and journalist: Drew began her culinary career in Newton Centre, MA with Madeleine Kamman studying French and Italian cuisines. Since then she has traveled the world studying various cuisines. She has worked as an executive chef, private chef, caterer, food product developer and producer, writer, and both professional and recreational culinary educator. Today her energy is focused on writing and teaching.

Tiny Chefs: Tiny Chefs is the premier provider of kids cooking parties, classes and camps in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Connecticut. Our cooking events are a fun way for kids to flex their creative muscles, spend time working in peer groups, and best of all: a great way to introduce them to the joy of cooking and baking!

 
 
 

VIRTUAL COOKING CLASSES

Knife Skills: Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs

Thursday March 11th 5:00 -6:30 $40

Menu: Winter Vegetable Soup, Citrus Salad,
Pico de Gallo 
 
Learn how to use and care for your knives properly and efficiently. Students will learn how to slice, julienne, chop, mince, and chiffonade various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. When to use the various cuts and why. Learn the difference between honing and sharpening your knives. Make Vegetable Soup with Fresh Herbs, Pico de Gallo (Mexican fresh tomato salsa), and a refreshing Orange Compote featuring your beautifully cut fruits and vegetables.  You will finish the class with a new confidence in your culinary technique with knives.
 
Equipment needed:
 
Chef knife
Paring knife
Honing Steel (optional)
Cutting board
Vegetable peeler
2 quart or larger pot to cook the soup
2 Small mixing bowls
Wooden spoon
Measuring spoons
Liquid measuring cup

Cancelation more than 48 hours in advance will receive a full refund. Less that 48 hours in advance will receive 50% credit towards another class. You will receive the recipes 48 hours in advance of the class so you can do your shopping at Dawson's. If you prefer to just observe that's fine too!

Closed to enrollment

Chinese Cooking

Wine Explosion Vegetable Chowder and Pan-Fried Scallion Bread

 Thursday March 25th 5:00 -6:30pm - $40

A Chinese comfort food menu that combines a full meal soup, a thick, rich, hearty brew, and delicious, chewy scallion flatbread. Both are recipes from Northern China. Although delicious when freshly made, the flavors of this soup develop with some time. So you may want to make it on the weekend and enjoy it a day or two later. The scallion bread dough can be made, shaped and immediately cooked or frozen uncooked for use at a later time. 
 
Equipment Needed:
 
Chef knife
Paring knife
Cutting Board 
2 Quart or larger pot to cook the soup
2 Wooden spoons
2 Tea cups or custard cups or something or similar size 
2 mixing bowls
rolling pin
Measuring spoons
Dry measure, measuring cup- 1 cup or smaller
Liquid measure, measuring cup- 1 cup or larger
10” or larger skillet or frying pan
Metal spatula
Food processor- optional

Cancelation more than 48 hours in advance will receive a full refund. Less that 48 hours in advance will receive 50% credit towards another class. You will receive the recipes 48 hours in advance of the class so you can do your shopping at Dawson's. If you prefer to just observe that's fine too!
 
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CLOSED TO ENROLLMENT

French Cooking Date Night Class

Poached Chicken Breasts with Tarragon Cream Sauce Green Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

 Friday April 9th 5:00-7:00pm - $40

The secret to preparing simple, easy, most-moist-ever chicken breasts is poaching! Poaching is a classic, often over looked, technique of French cooking. The result is tender, flavorful chicken breast every time. The technique also lends itself to preparing a lovely, simple sauce to top the chicken. It is a one pan technique. 
 
Green lentil salad is another French classic, drawn from bistro cuisine. It is healthy and flavorful. A bonus is that leftovers keep well too. 
 
Equipment:
 
Chef knife
Paring knife
10” or larger sauté pan (straight sided pan with a lid)
Cutting board for vegetables 
Cutting Board for chicken
Meat thermometer- Insta-temp recommended
Wooden spoon
Metal spatula or tongs
Measuring spoons
1 1/2 quart saucepan or larger with lid
Strainer
Small mixing bowl
Medium sized mixing bowl 
Cookie sheet
Clean dish towel

Cancelation more than 48 hours in advance will receive a full refund. Less that 48 hours in advance will receive 50% credit towards another class. You will receive the recipes 48 hours in advance of the class so you can do your shopping at Dawson's. If you prefer to just observe that's fine too!

Closed to enrollment


 
 
 
 

In Person COOKING CLASSES

Temporarily suspended due to COVID

Our classes feature simple, delicious food with helpful information about the ingredients, cooking techniques, and the wine. Come for a fun night, go home with the skills, ingredients and know-how for a fun evening with friends and/or family. Classes being at 6:30 PM one Friday evening per month and last approximately 2 hrs. You will leave with recipes and a special offer from Dawson’s for your ingredient purchases.

Italian Pasta Sauces and Sides

Enjoy lite appetizers of Italian cheeses, charcuterie and a glass of wine, while your Chef discusses the menus and assigns dishes to the group. Then head off to our commercial Kitchen to prepare two entrees, sides and a dessert. Sample Menu: Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette, Penne Carbonara, Oreecchiette Broccoli, and Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce. Once you have competed all of your dishes head back to our community table and enjoy your meal family style with your new friends.

 
 
 

 

California Cuisine and Wine

Enjoy lite appetizers of Californian Olives, Cheese, Crackers and a glass of wine, while your Chef discusses the menus and assigns dishes to the group. Then head off to our commercial Kitchen to prepare two entrees, sides and a dessert. Sample Menu:  Beets and Green Beans w/ Saffron Aïoli Poached Salmon w/ Basil and Niçoise Butters Thin Pasta w/ Spring Vegetables, and Strawberry Shortcake. Once you have completed all of your dishes head back to our community table and enjoy your meal family style with your new friends.

 
 
 

 

Tandoori Indian Cooking

Enjoy lite appetizers of Chutneys, Cheese, Crackers and a glass of wine, while your Chef discusses the menus and assigns dishes to the group. Then head off to our commercial Kitchen to prepare two entrees, sides and a dessert. Sample Menu: Tandoori Chicken & Shrimp, Cilantro Mint Chutney, and Sweet Banana and Yogurt Salad. Once you have completed all of your dishes head back to our community table and enjoy your meal family style with your new friends

 
 
 

BEER & WINE CLASSES

 

Beer Classes

Join us at Dawson's Market for our monthly beer class! We'll talk hops, malt, ABVs and IBUs, IPAs and ESBs! Learn about where beer found its beginnings, the origins of IPA, and the American craft revolution. Taste everything from sturdy stouts to crispy lagers, and everything in between! Taste 4 Beers and a perfect pairing with each. Classes are on one Thursday night per month at 7pm and last about an hour.

 
 
 

 

Wine Classes

Join us at Dawson's Market for our monthly wine class! Learn about regions, grapes, winemaking and history, and everything in between! Why does Pinot Noir taste different in California and in Burgundy? What reds go with fish? What makes Champagne Champagne? With lots to cover, there's always something new and exciting to learn...and taste! You will enjoy 4 Wines each perfectly paired with a bite. Classes are on one Thursday night per month at 7pm and last about an hour.

 
 
 

Class participants save 15% OFF any regular priced beer or wine sampled during the class.

 

Future Classes Dates TBD

Knife Skills- Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs  - Learn how to use and care for your knives properly and efficiently. Students will learn how to slice, julienne, chop, mince, and chiffonade various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. When to use the various cuts and why. Learn the difference between honing and sharpening your knives. Make Vegetable Soup with Fresh Herbs, Pico de Gallo, and a refreshing Citrus Salad featuring your beautifully cut fruits and vegetables.  You will go home with a new confidence in your culinary technique with knives.Gluten Free

 

Steak Night- Learn about the different cuts of beef steak. How to prepare them. How to carve and serve them. When are they done? Along with sauces and sides to fill out your menu.

 

Beer and Cheese Pairing

 

Global Vegetarian: Indian vegetarian, Moroccan Vegetarian, or French Vegetarian

 

French Comfort Food

Cooking Birthday Parties