Themed cooking classes at the Blair House Inn Cooking School
Three Day Classes

Our Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes Offer Three Days of Culinary Delight

Our Three Day Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes are offered to our guests once or twice a month in a variety of exciting cuisines, all served with Hill Country flair!

Register for our Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes online

If you are passionate about cooking or even if you have always wanted to learn, but have never found the time, why not consider a cooking school in the beautiful and charming Texas Hill Country?

Our group classes are available all year and are characterized by its use of the freshest ingredients, prevalently from the inn’s surrounding herb garden and local farmers, resulting in authentic Texas Hill Country cooking classes. Our students may participate in picking and collecting the herbs and have the certainty of always utilizing and eating 100% natural ingredients.

In our school you will not simply be a spectator but hands on protagonist actively participating in approximately sixteen hours of five labs.  You will participate in the preparation of two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. After the each lesson, you will enjoy the dishes you have prepared with your fellow students in dinning room setting with complimentary wine fitting the subject matter.

The courses are specially designed to assist you to quickly and easily learn the secrets of the various dishes so that, once back home, you will be able to easily repeat the preparation of the dish and provide an amazing dinner that will astound your friends.

Typical Three Day Texas Hill Country Cooking Classes Schedule

Day One

  • Arrival at the charming Blair House Inn by 3:00 pm.
  • Your first demonstration will begin with our Executive Chef in our commercial kitchen at 4:00 pm.
  • After dinner you participate in a short discussion with our Chef.  This will include an itinerary and recipe assignments for the next two days.

Day Two

  • Chef will await you at 7:45 am and your first lab will begin by preparing breakfast.
  • After enjoying your meal you will have a short break to explore the Hill Country and return to the kitchen by 10:00am.  At this time you will receive instructions and break off to prepare you assigned recipes for lunch.
  • An afternoon break will be after lunch and at 3:00 pm you start to prepare your evening dinner.
  • Once complete you will have a feast of the finest foods to enjoy and top the evening off.

Day Three

  • You will once again report to the kitchen at 8:00 am and begin breakfast preparation.
  • A small break will be allowed and then you will enjoy preparing a picnic lunch to be taken on a Hill Country outing to a local Texas Vineyard or Farm.  You will be given a tour of the vineyard grounds and enjoy your prepared picnic lunch.
  • This will conclude your three day course at approximately 2:00 pm.

Below you will find our themed three day classes to choose from.  If you would like to schedule a private group class please feel free to contact the inn directly for assistance.  To enroll in a class simple click our registration page and follow the instructions.  All prices include two night room stay, taxes, gratuity, classes, and 15 – 35 recipes.

Schedule your classes today and share the joy of cooking with new friends in a relaxing atmosphere!  Extra night availability is available at a 20% discount on our published rate.  Class room size is limited to no more than eight, to insure individual attention.  Food allergies should be mentioned at the time of booking to insure exceptions can be made.

 

Tag-A-Long Option

Blair House Inn also offers a “Tag-A-Long” feature for our guests. For those guests staying with someone registered for a cooking school and not wanting to participate in the class, but would like to enjoy the meals, a “Tag-A-Long” can be added. For $213.36, a guest can enjoy all the great food without the fuss of preparation. The best of both worlds! If you would like to add a “Tag-A-Long” to your reservation, give us a call at 512-847-1111 and we can book your cooking school today.

 

 

 

2014 Cooking School Schedule

January 20th – 22nd : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor!  Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring.  Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

February 3rd – 5th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

February 17th – 19th : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

March 3rd – 5th : Taste of New Orleans– Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

March 10th – 12th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

March 17th – 19th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

March 31st – 2nd : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

April 21st – 23rd: Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

May 5th – 7th : Cooking with Fresh Herbs – Learn the secret of preparing tasty dishes every time by incorporating fresh herbs into your cooking. Using herbs that you harvest straight from the Blair House Herb Garden, you will be amazed by the difference these little seasoning gems can make as you prepare Garden-Fresh Carrot Soup with Mint Chiffonade & Edible Flowers, Maple & Herb Brined Pork Roast with Sauce Moutardé, Herb infused Oils, Cilantro Pesto, Jalapeno Mint Sorbet, and French Lemon Basil Cream Sauce. Plus learn to create your own signature vinaigrette!

May 19th – 21st : Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking

June 9th – 11th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

June 23rd – 25th: BBQ with Fresh Herbs – Take it to the next level! Learn the 3 methods of Barbeque; direct/indirect, smoking, & grilling. Utilizing the Blair House Inn herb garden, learn how to enhance the flavor of your meals. Prepare Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs, Slow Smoked Lamb Chops, Smoked Herbed Turkey Breast, Dutch-oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or such favorites as Lemon Herb Buttermilk Sorbet. Enhance your summer cooking by using sure fire brines and marinades.

July 7th – 9th : Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

July 21st – 23rd : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

August 4th – 6th : Italian Cuisine – Come enjoy the taste of Italy as you prepare classic dishes such as Osso Buco Milanese, Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Pine Nuts, and Italian Espresso Tiramisu. You’ll learn traditional Italian sauces such as Fresh Basil Marinara, and Roasted Garlic Alfredo, and how to make the fresh pasta and potato gnocchi.

September 8th – 10th : Country French Cuisine – Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking. In the process, learn how to make dishes like Steak Diane, Poulet Wellington, Raspberry Tarts, and Chocolate Crème Bruleé. Plus Sauces Francais 101! Never again feel like recipes are written in a foreign language!

September 22nd – 24th : Sauces 101 – This class has no shortage of flavor!  Enjoy learning dishes with a common main ingredient and tasting the dramatic different flavors sauces will bring.  Start by learning the Five French Mother sauces Béchamel, Veloute’, Tomato Sauce, Hollandaise, and Espanole. You will also make vinaigrettes, mayonnaises, and flavored oils. Don’t forget the dessert sauces, caramel, fruit Coulis, crème Anglaise, Chantilly cream, and syrups. Pack your friends and families taste buds with maximum flavor.

October 6th – 8th : Barbeque Camp! – Summer in Texas means BBQ. You’ll be the envy of your friends and family once you learn the secrets to preparing wonderful meals on the grill. Try your hand at Cedar Planked Wild King Salmon with Jerk Spice and Mango Salsa, St. Louis Style Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Coke Glaze, Chicken Fajitas, Texas Brisket, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Home-made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

October 20th – 22nd: Taste of New Orleans – Spend 3 days & 2 nights in the beautiful Texas Hill Country while learning a variety of New Orleans cooking skills. This class will focus on the two main cuisines in and around New Orleans – Creole and Cajun – and will deliciously reflect their mix of Spanish, African, and French heritages. You will learn to prepare dishes such as award winning Gumbo, Blackened Snapper, Cajun Barbequed Shrimp, Louisiana Brined Roasted Loin of Pork, King Cake and the classic Beignet.

November 3rd – 5th : Mediterranean Cuisine – If you can’t make it to the Mediterranean this summer, let Blair House take you on a culinary tour of the region from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cypress with plenty of tasty stops along the way! You will prepare Risotto, Hummus Pita Bread, Pasta, Fruits de Mer, Calamari, Baklava, Classic Greek Salad, Focaccia, Polenta and Crema Catalana. These are just a sampling of what you have to look forward to on your journey.

November 17th – 19th : Classic French – Learn the art of haute cuisine. Create exciting fare such as Shrimp Scampi, French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Steak au Poivre, and Beef Bourguignon. Learn the art of roasting canard (duck) served with an orange sauce. Prepare delectable desserts like Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis and Crème Caramel. Chef will teach you basic French techniques that you can apply to all of your home cooking.

December 1st – 3rd : Hill Country Holiday Feast & Baking ­- Get in the mood of the Holidays. Learn a variety of ways to cook turkey and side dishes. Make holiday dishes such as Mesquite Smoked Turkey, Chocolate Truffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Ginger Cookies, Classic Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Bruleé, Pecan and Sage Cornbread Dressing, and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Port Glaze! Make this holiday traditional, but with a twist!

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