Whether you are visiting the San Tan Valley or already live there, check out the local restaurants for cooking demonstrations to learn about local foods and trends. That is what we did in September. We registered to attend an appetizer cooking demonstration event in San Tan Valley. Not only did we learning how to prepare appetizers, but we also tasted them!
Chef Mario is the Executive Chef at Encanterra. He seams passionate about the quality of ingredients that he uses in his meal preparation. When attendees asked questions about the tuna, for example, he gave many tips for choosing a good tasting tuna. His creativity when it comes to choosing the appetizers for the demonstration was diverse. It seemed like he was creating art with the food and that makes for great photos.
The building the cooking demonstration event took place in was large and had a huge kitchen area with lots of counter space. Its name is La Cocina (The kitchen). Chef Mario was in the stove area at the front of the room. We, the attendees, had chairs lined up in rows for us to watch as he prepared the appetizers. When we arrived there were documents on each chair. The documents contained the ingredients and the recipes for three appetizers.
The first appetizer was the Ahi Tuna Poke. Chef Mario had the following measured ingredients in containers on the counter: avocado, scallions, radish, cilantro, sesame seeds, ponzu, cilantro, and wonton chips. He put on a great show by explaining cut sized and temperatures of the ingredients.
Appetizer Cooking Demonstration Event in San Tan Valley
Have you taken a class or attended a cooking event when you went on a vacation? If yes, what was the type of food?