Year of Dates – March

 We are still going strong on our Year of Dates!  This month was a fun one – a cooking class!  Southern Season is a specialty grocery store/cooking school/restaurant from Chapel Hill, NC, and they opened up a store in Richmond this past September.  Hubby and I have been in it a few times and really enjoy walking through the isles of hot sauces, drooling over the specialty kitchen equipment, and browsing their international or specialty beer selections.
For March, our date was a cooking class in the Southern Season cooking school!  Both of us love spending time in the kitchen and eating good food, so this seemed like the perfect way to try something new!  Finding a class that appealed to both of us and worked with Hubby’s travel schedule was a bit of a challenge, but we ended up agreeing on the class Cooking with Craft Beer.  Such a good choice!  🙂 
Hubby and I in class
First course – Beer cheese fondue

Second course – Hunter’s Stew
Main course – Beer braised beef brisket
Dessert – Chocolate Stout Cake
While a bit overpriced (I think), it was a very enjoyable hour and a half.  We got to taste amazing food created and made by a local Richmond chef, and we got to take home the recipes!  I need to find an excuse to make the fondue, Hubby made the stew this past weekend, and that cake will have to be shared at a major chocolate-lover’s party.   
After the class, Hubby and I browsed the store before going over to the wine bar and enjoyed a stout and a glass of wine, respectively.  Twas a very nice way to end our date.
Sneak peek at next month…
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