Sunday, September 16, 2012

Simple Abundance Class with Chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria: Monday, September 17, 2012

Here's what you do Monday, September 17, 2012

Chef Gerry Klaskala will bring his unique take on American cuisine to Simple Abundance, a cooking class in support of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. 

Aria.  If you've been in Atlanta long, chances are you've been there.  And you've had the pleasure of sampling from the daily changing menu of avant-garde American cuisine that Gerry Klaskala brings to the fore.   That's right!  I said avant-garde.  :-)

So, how can you resist a cooking class led by Chef Gerry?  Especially since it's all in support of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  

According to the Cook's Warehouse, who is hosting the event at their kitchen in Brookhaven, 


"Chef Gerry will bring his principles of fresh ingredients, simple flavors and time-honed techniques to Simple Abundance... During class he’ll demonstrate Six Ways with One Chicken: Honey & Soy Glazed Almond Wings, Chicken Soup with Quick Noodles, Caramel Black Pepper Drumsticks, Coconut Lemongrass Red Curry Tenderloins, Slow Braised Thighs with preserved lemon and green olives, and Breast with Sweet Garlic and Goat Cheese. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese."
Ummm.  Yum!!!

Tickets are $55.  Get them at the Food Bank's site here.  The class is from 7-9, and is at Cook's Warehouse's Brookhaven Kitchen.


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Here's what you do Monday


First:  Never start the week in a rush.   Ease into Monday with a breakfast of whole grain toast with creamery butter and strawberry jelly, and coffee.  They have some awesome bread at Alon's bakery.  Head over there and find some whole grain sour dough, or a 9 grain.  Make friends with the baker there.  Always helpful.  $15 for breakfast.

Sometimes a simple breakfast of coffee and whole grain toast with jelly is all you need.  Especially if the bread comes from Alon's Bakery!

Second:  Reflections of Culture at Fernbank.  It's one of their new permanent exhibits.  From Fernbank

"Examine how what you WEAR tells WHO you are.Learn how people around the world communicate information about themselves as you explore many forms of personal adornment, including traditional and contemporary clothing, jewelry and body art. 
Reflections of Culture draws from Fernbank's permanent collections, featuring the Dorothy Methvin McClatchey Collection, to showcase the fascinating similarities among cultures throughout the world and the different ways of expressing cultural information through the things people create and wear. 
Reflections of Culture focuses on the most personally expressive of those objects-personal adornment. People around the world decorate their bodies with clothing, jewelry and various forms of body modification, including piercing, scarring, painting, shaping and tattooing. Personal adornment allows people to express their cultural identity and provides a particularly effective means of communicating social, political and economic information about themselves and the society in which they live. 
Discover what culture is and how it is expressed through a variety of contemporary and historic objects. Artifacts are placed alongside captivating photographs, which provide a context for how the objects are worn, by whom and why. Educational interactives throughout the gallery allow visitors to further explore how personal adornment is used to express culture."

Tickets are $17.50.  Get them here, or at the door.

Check out the Reflections on Culture Exhibit at Fernbank.

Third:  Have lunch at the cafe at Fernbank.  It's a lovely spot for taking in the Atlanta afternoon.  You'll be surrounded by dinosaur skeletons and the grounds of the museum just outside on the terrace.  $10 per person.

Fourth:  Take an afternoon nap.  You did a lot of learning.  Rest your brain for a while and dream.

Fifth:  A film is in order.  Sometimes, there's nothing quite as great as a late afternoon film.   Beasts of the Southern Wild is playing at Tara at 2:20 and 4:45.  A mix of fairy tale and Hurricane Katrina documentary, this film has received rave reviews.  Of particular note is the incandescent Quvenzhan√© Wallis, who plays Hushpuppy, the little girl who is the unwitting centerpoint of this tale of disaster, hope, loss of guardianship, and strength of survival.  ($ - $10 per person).

Beasts of the Southern Wild.  An allegorical tale about Hurricane Katrina


Finally:  Go hang out with Chef Gerry and learn about Simple Abundance.  $55 per person.  Proceeds going to Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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For two people

Breakfast: $15
Fernbank: $35
Lunch at Fernbank: $20
Nap: $Free
Film: $20
Simple Abundance: $110

Total: $200

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