A friend told me about a French cooking class that was to be held at Cafe' de Paris. This cafe was opened almost 3 years ago by two cousins who are originally from France. You may remember from a previous post that my neice took me to this restaurant for my birthday.
After Smitty B told me about the online coupon ,I paid for and downloaded it. I decided I'd step out and do something different. When I arrived Saturday chef had something of a Continental breakfast for us at one of the tables. There was coffee, juice, crossaints with jelly and thick sliced bacon. There were two people there ahead of me partaking of the goodies. I didn't read my coupon ahead of time and so I had eaten before leaving home. Had I read it,I would have seen where breakfast would be provided.
Preparation of the main dish began which was Creamy raviolis with shrimp and raisin. Though it isn't mentioned in the title a few green peas were also inside the ravioli. To save time chef had purchased prepared ravioli circles. On each circle a small amount of cooked shrimp, cooked peas and raisins were place. This mixture was covered with another ravioli circle and crimped/folded around the edges to keep the stuffing inside. It was imperative to have it closed or else it would come loose during cooking. Also, there's only a small amount that can be put inside or else the ravioli will be difficult to close.These are my 3 raviolis before they were cooked.
Chef Serge' Pambo was comical and very talkative. He told us so much about his home country, his family, how he got started in the business and various cooking tips. A very patient, congenial man, but he does talk a lot.
The dessert smelled wonderful and was put aside to cool so that it could be removed from the ramekins in one piece. Once it was plated, we were also served ice cream on the side.
Chef brought out a bottle of Argentina Maltec wine. As we ate and drank wine chef gave us an informative lesson on wines.That is, it was informative to me. The wine was great also and served at room temp.
I was unsure as to how the ravioli would taste since the stuffing was a little odd. It was delicious. The hint of sweetness of the raisins mixed with the peas and shrimp made for a different kind of meal. We were not hurried out afterwards. I don't know if it was the wine, the beautiful day or me being in a good mood but this was the best day I've had in a very long time. I'd advise anyone to take this class. Chef Serge' gave us much more than what we'd paid for.