Lastnight I was feeling a little spontaneous, and found myself at Le Gourmet Depot in Snohomish, WA at a class on successfully pairing Wine & Cheese. The picture at left shows the take-home goodies from my adventure. The class was $25, there were nearly 20 people participating, I met some fun foodies, and decided when it was over, that it was a great way to spend a couple of hours 10 minutes from home.
Le Gourmet Depot is located in beautiful downtown Snohomish, and is a perfect venue for cooking classes, talking food and trying new things (which we love). I waited like a kid outside a candy store, anticipating the opening of Le Gourmet Depot while shopping at the farmer's market over the Summer. The shop is housed in Patrick's Building between The Crepe Escape, a new Coffee and Crepe shop, and Clayful Creation, a paint-your-own pottery studio.
OK, now to share with you what I learned about Wine & Cheese pairing, and what this experience reminded me about life. First, the menu:
You'll notice that all of the wines are local, with Furion and Dubindil located right here in Snohomish. The Orange Blossom Honey was so good, 2 out of my 3 kids ate it for breakfast with Goat Cheese. My favorite was White Toque's Fig & Goat Cheese wrapped in Phyllo Dough. You can buy this at the shop, heat and serve for your next gathering. I also really liked the Fromager D'affinois Cheese. It was creamy like Brie, but with a flavor that paired well with the Chicken Tenders.
Here are a few things I jotted down while listening to Laura, the manager, explain some interesting details:
Oftentimes when it comes to food, it's about the experience. I think that's what food people love about cooking & eating: it brings people together. It might be about pairing Wine and Cheese, or going out for Coffee with friends, or creating something new for your family and exposing them to the wonders and variety of food, or helping out at your local Food Bank. You don't have to be a professional chef or have a perfect palate to reap the benefits beyond the food itself. The class made me think about my friendships, relationships & community.
I hope you were inspired to go out and try a new Cheese or Wine, call up some friends or help out in your community. Leave me your comments if you have tried any of these Cheeses!