The only Baltimore county hands-on cooking class, For the Love of Food, is situated in the heart of Pikesville, across from the Pikes Theatre on Reisterstown Road. Initially For the Love of Food was started by Chef Diane Bukatman, in her Reisterstown home offering up a vast array of classes for the novice, children, team building, ‘Think like a Chef’ series and was eventually sold to Chef Thomas Casey when she moved out-of-state. Chef Casey is a Johnson and Wales graduate, a working chef for 18 years from the Four Seasons to Executive Chef of The Grill at Harryman House. His passion for food turned him to education and he became a culinary instructor at Columbia’s Lincoln Technical Institute.
Due to circumstances and time frame, I ended up auditing his Date Night – Just the Two of Us: Pasta Class not participating. This particular evening, it was couples and what an array; two of the couples were married and enjoying time away from the kids, a first date, long distance dating couple, and two other couples at various stages of their relationships. Some cooked together before, some just getting to know each other, but the teamwork to complete the multiple recipes would draw the couples closer together. Gift certificates were used that evening, which were a birthday gift and an anniversary gift – just saying, great holiday gift idea.
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