When it comes to cooking classes, Truffle & Trifles is a surefire way to have fun and bump up your cooking cred at the same time. The College Park-based business has been going strong for 27 years, if that tells you anything.
Once you arrive, you’ll split into groups of four or five. One group is usually in charge of appetizers, another handles the entree and so on. I attended an Italian night recently. My group worked together on several recipes (we got started around 6:30 p.m.). Our first: Tuscan kale with pancetta and caramelized onions. First, we found some parsley in the herb garden and plucked a few sprigs from the containers. Back inside, my team blanched the kale (a mainstay in Italian cooking) as a Justin Timberlake song played in the background.
Our next assignment: Make ravioli. It was 8 p.m. by now, and our stomachs were growling. So my group created about 70 raviolis like there was no tomorrow. We decided to deep fry half of them and bake the others. Once we spread them on a Tuscan-looking platter we poured a cream sauce over the baked ones and dipped a few into Marci’s secret plum sauce, too. Delish!
By 9:30 p.m. we sat down for a feast. What a meal it was. White bean salad with spinach, olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Ribollita, a tomato-based soup with carrots, celery, and, you guessed it, kale. The main course was chicken-stuffed ravioli, Neapolitan mushrooms, fettuccine with tomato and sausage sauce, peasant bread, stuffed leg of lamb and chicken with prosciutto, provolone and basil. Then dessert. Roasted peaches with amaretti crumble, tiramisu torta, cream cake and a honeyed walnut tart.
Even better than scarfing down the heaping plate of chicken and pasta and tiramisu was the knowledge that I can do this on my own (well maybe not the 70 handmade raviolis). Nevertheless, both the gastro-crowd and rookie cooks will love this place. I’m no culinary wizard, that’s for sure, but at least now I’m one step closer.
By all means, harness your inner Martha Stewart and get cookin’.
If you go: Pace yourself with the appetizers. You’ll want to have plenty of room for the feast at the end class.
Truffles and Trifles
711 W. Smith St.
Orlando, FL 32804