New Cooking School at Chatham Bars Inn

If you love cooking, these classes are for you!
This lovely sea bass with edible flowers is just one of the dishes we prepared at the Chatham Bars Inn celebrity guest chef cooking class (Pat Brooks photo)

This summer the Chatham Bars Inn offers cooking classes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

Whether you're a professional chef or just an average, every day family cook these group classes prepare several dishes from scratch .  At the end of each class a family style meal, prepared by each group is served at tables with white linen table wear.

Thursday Class - Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! 

4 pm-7 pm. $85. per person.

I signed up for a couple of classes.  The first one on Thursday taught us the basics of making and shaping handmade pasta to eliminate the need for store bought pasta.

Everything was hands on including wearing white chef aprons with a tucked in towel. Attending this class was a couple and their two children, ages 9 and 14, from Connecticut.  Everyone chopped herbs, prepared, cut and shaped potato gnocchi and helped make the pasta from scratch feeding it into the pasta machine. Everything was created in a streamlined kitchen reminiscent of a food network cooking show.

Our friendly and informative instructor, Chef Stephanie Barrett, who is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, guided us through an impressive menu that she created.  We started with a farm salad of assorted baby lettuces gathered from the Inn's farm in Brewster, with shaved vegetables, herbs and tossed in an orange-honey vinaigrette.

The second course was citrus ravioli with a bursted tomato sauce, crispy prosciutto, shaved fennel and arugula salad plus potato gnocchi with bolognaise sauce and pecorino romano.

After creating this meal we all sat down at a lovely table in the kitchen and enjoyed a delicious family style dinner .

In addition to preparing this wonderful menu, I learned how to correctly hold a knife for chopping and an easy and quick way to roll and chop mint, basil and other herbs. 

This was easy to learn and sure to impress my next dinner party. It was a a fun and enjoyable session learning how to transform any dish from ordinary to restaurant quality while meeting and cooking with other families.


Saturday Class - Catch Of The Day

3 pm- 6 pm; $85. per person.

In the class I attended on Saturday, Chef Barrett taught us new recipes and techniques on how to prepare fresh local Cape Cod seafood.

Attending this culinary classroom was a couple and their two children, ages 9 and 12. who were also from Connecticut on vacation.

While we were putting on our chef aprons and looking over the menu we were served a glass of Prosecco.

The menu started with baked Chatham oysters, topped with chopped kale, linguica and fennel. We all learned how to shuck the oysters with the proper knife.  Next was the fried calamari served with lemon aioli.  I love calamari and these were by far the best I have ever had. 

For the second course, local little neck clams were sauteed in white wine, aromatics and chopped herbs followed by seared seabass with a tomato-fennel broth, fresh herbs with confit tomatoes and roasted farm vegetable hash with bronzed fennel.

I learned how to score the skin of the seabass to help it keep from curling so it stays flat to sear and crisp the skin evenly.

Stephanie added shrimp tacos on flour tortillas topped with pineapple salsa to the menu for the children, however, they also enjoyed most every dish.

Dessert was a generous serving of vanilla ice cream, topped with dollops of whipped cream and served with a vial of hot chocolate to pour over the top.

This family style meal was served outside on a private patio surrounded by a fresh herb garden and beautiful hydrangeas. Both red and white wine was served.

We all enjoyed the different techniques of everything from prep to plating. 

These classes are intimate, educational and hands-on.  

Chef Barrett engages you, answers questions and gets into technical information about food, cookware, technique and anything else she integrates into the classes. We received a printout of all the recipes to take home. The best part was that the class got to sit down to enjoy the food together and have time to relax and socialize between each course.

She is a wonderful teacher and chef, passionate about what she does - and it shows!

Advance reservations are necessary.

If You Go

Call the concierge at 508-945-6871 for reservations for the other celebrity guest chefs this summer at Chatham Bars Inn.

Tickets are $85 per person inclusive for these dinner events.

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Rd, Chatham
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