Astoria + Bier + Cheese + Cooking = Smiles

I have been so busy this summer! My latest adventure was on Tuesday night when I attended a cooking class at Astoria Bier and Cheese on Ditmars Blvd. The class was put on by Kim Calichio, a local chef who has a company called KC Culinary Events. She offers private cooking lessons and events. 

The evening was a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors in a way I never I thought I would. The cooking demonstration was set-up on the back patio of Astoria Bier and Cheese that is absolutely charming. The table was already prepped and staged with all the ingredients. Kim was very friendly and approachable and welcomed questions as she demonstrated. The class focused on rubs and marinades. I’m a pretty good home cook, but I’ve only dipped my toes into the world of spices and rubs and I learned a ton in this one evening. She started off by showing us how to cut up a whole chicken into leg and breast pieces. One of the key tips I learned is that toasting your whole spices before grinding them makes everything amazing. She demonstrated this by coating a pan in olive oil and pouring in layer of whole coriander. The scents were out-of-this-world. The Astoria Bier and Cheese staff was amazing as well, letting everyone try the pumpkin ale that was used in the marinade. The shop will probably be hosting more events like this in the coming weeks.