Get Some Validation on your Culinary Skills

12705177_10207155779705992_4238448262698544183_nI often wish that I were a culinary artist. It’s not that I totally love the idea of cooking every night or even every other day. I just like having the feeling of accomplishment when I create a beautiful meal, and of course then get to eat it. A few months ago I attended my first “Cook the Book: Ducasse Made Simple” cooking class at Sainte Terre with Chef Holly Moore Schreiber. The class series is based on the books that Chef Holly has personally worked on while working at the French Culinary Institute, testing and translating the recipes for publication in the United States. I have since also attended the “Cook the Book: David Chang’s Momofuku” class.

Chef Holly is this amazing Kate Middleton look-a-like, super charming, bright-eyed and always smiling creature that also just happens to be a humble culinary genius. From the moment I walked into that first class, she transferred her knowledge about food in such a validating way. Foie Gras and Lobster Newberg became “easy peasy” creations that I could actually tackle. I learned that my knife skills, while not as accurate as hers, were adequate enough to cut onions, carrots, and squash for a french Pascal Veggie tartlet. At my second class, I won’t say I mastered the ability to make ramen from scratch, but I indeed can say that I have experienced having my hands in the dough. Bacon Dashi? Yep, been there, done that. Chef Holly definitely gives me all the validation I need on my culinary skills.

12743580_10207200513384306_4740151207522502442_nSo now, I am excitedly awaiting the “Cook the Book: Dumplings All Day Wong” class on March 24. An event devoted to making any kind of Dim Sum that you can dream up.  I got a fortune the other day and I do believe Po is trying to tell me something here.

So I can already hear you. “How can I get tickets?”. Well unfortunately, the dumpling class is SOLD OUT . . . BUT, maybe, fortunately for you, I have one ticket that is up for grabs!

And, how do you WIN THE GIVEAWAY?

One lucky That Just Happened blog reader will receive a ticket to “Cook the Book: Dumplings All Day Wong” compliments of Sainte Terre. Simply go to SAINTE TERRE’S EVENT PAGE, check out their upcoming events and post which event you are most interested in, in the comments section of this blog below.  Winner will be announced on Monday, March 21, 2016 at around noon.

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Robin Williams
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IMG_7590UPDATE 3/21/16 – Amy Rich, you are the winner of the FREE ticket to Cook The Book: Dumplings All Day Wong! I will send you a message with the details. Congrats!

 

Remington Suite Hotel and Spa

I was given an opportunity to tour The Remington Suite Hotel and Spa. A historic hotel in the heart of downtown Shreveport, Louisiana.

If you’re looking for a place to host a meeting, party, wedding or any special event, may I suggest The Remington Salon and Spa? It’s the only boutique hotel in Shreveport-Bossier and just an absolutely fabulous historic building that will give your event new life. Also, if you have family or colleagues coming in town, be sure to reserve a room here. They will not be disappointed. AND don’t forget about stay-cations for yourself! I am looking forward to staying sometime soon.

Call my friend Emerie Eck Gentry at (318) 425-5000 to book group events.

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Robin Williams
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Keeping Rhythm of Life

IMG_5971Fireworks and congratulations to the Residence Inn by Marriott located at 501 Traffic Street in Bossier City on their Bossier Chamber of Commerce and Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. Owner, Mike Kalthia welcomed the guests with great excitement.

RI Owner, Mike Kalthia and Bossier Chamber of Commerce President, Lisa Johnson

RI Owner, Mike Kalthia and Bossier Chamber of Commerce President, Lisa Johnson

With 131 rooms, Bossier City’s newest hotel boosts many great amenities, such as free laundry, fully equipped kitchens, and free breakfast. The Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown is an all suite hotel, with extended stay as a focus and is a Dimension Development managed property. Although extended stay is a focus, Residence Inn can accommodate any overnight stays. Jennifer Boone, sales manager says that one of the great things about Residence Inn is that they assist their guests in keeping the rhythm of life. Traveling can disrupt normal routines and Residence Inn’s offer ways for guests to continue to thrive in their personal and business routines.

One service that all Residence Inn’s provide, but very few take advantage of is complimentary grocery shopping. Leave a list at the front desk and your food will be waiting in your room upon your return. This is an important part of my travel life, as I try to maintain a somewhat heathy diet. Many times, I walk to nearby grocery stores in an effort to maintain my normal eating habits. Now that I know this bit of info, I will be looking forward to using the service. This makes it easy to travel with a plan.

In addition to hotel rooms, the Residence Inn has tasteful and spacious event areas for meetings and conferences with catering services available.

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Ethel, Gary and Felicia want to make your stay fabulous

New business is always great for Shreveport-Bossier and I hope you’ll keep Residence Inn at the front of your mind when in need of hotel rooms for family and work associates. General Manager, Gary Theus, promises to offer the best service around.

Residence Inn Shreveport-Bossier City/Downtown is located at 501 Traffic Street, Bossier City, LA 71111. (318) 584-7125

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Robin Williams
Marketing Maven, Holiday Lanes

 

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Fireworks add to the ribbon cutting festivities