Sunday, 15 January 2012

Entice Your Valentine With Help From Leiths

Avoid the quintessentially kitsch, predictable, Valentine's day restaurant dinner this year with two special workshops designed to let you dine in comfortable seclusion with your own special menu for two.

This February Leiths will be hosting two special Valentine's classes, the first of which will guide you through a fresh and impressive menu featuring Spiced Roast Quail followed by Champagne and Passion Fruit Jellies, guaranteed to impress. This exciting but relatively fuss-free menu will allow you plenty of time to enjoy each other's company.

For the less confident cooks, join the Leiths chefs in the kitchen on Valentine's day itself. We have devised a special class to guide you through cooking a Valentine's meal for two, which you will take home for you and your dinner guest to enjoy. Highlights on the menu include Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb with Fondant Potatoes, light and airy Meringues with Passion Fruit Cream and indulgent Chocolate Truffles. Dining in is the new dining out. The teachers will give you all the cooking tips and presentation ideas you need so you just have to add the finishing touches at home, lay the table and pour the Prosecco.

Why not extend the celebrations and treat your Valentine to a Champagne Tasting Class. Taught by Champagne Ambassador of the Year, Richard Bampfield (MW), this is a fun, informative tasting of the world's most desirable tipple. Through a tasting of 6 Champagnes, you will learn to appreciate the differences between vintage and non-vintage, white and rosé. As well as learning the attributes of higher quality Champagne, you will discover what sort of foods and canapés tends to be the best match. "In defeat, you need it; in victory, you deserve it". Sir Winston Churchill neatly summed up Champagne's unique ability to refresh, revive and add sparkle to any celebration.

At Leiths there are many courses for your food-loving Valentine so why not purchase a gift voucher and let them choose from the extensive array we have to offer. There is everything from effortless entertaining to knife skills workshops and food writing to matching food with wine.

Valentine's Day Workshop
Saturday 11th February
10am-2pm Price: £130

Dinner for Two - Valentine's Special
Tuesday 14th February
10.15am - 2.30pm Price: £130

Champagne Tasting Class with Richard Bampfield MW
Tuesday 28th February 2012
7pm-9pm Price: £12

About the School Leiths School of Food and Wine is a first-class training school for chefs, attracting students of all ages from all over the world. With its dedicated teaching and friendly atmosphere, Leiths' guiding principle is to impart enthusiasm for the trade and instill a lasting love of good food and wine. This is not restricted to career cooks - many enthusiastic amateurs attend the varied programme of courses and diverse range of special events, from food and wine matching evenings to chocolate workshops and carving demonstrations.

For those with professional ambitions, the Leiths Diploma in Food and Wine is highly respected in the culinary world and can be achieved in three terms, starting in September of each year, or in two terms, starting in January. Students learn menu planning, budgeting and wine appreciation and attend daily demonstrations and practical classes, as well as lectures by leading gastronomic celebrities, famous retailers and head chefs from leading hotels and restaurants. Throughout the year, visits are organised and students get the chance to undertake work experience in leading London restaurants.

For those keen to learn the basic skills needed to become a confident, capable, efficient cook in just four weeks, the Leiths Essential Certificate takes place late summer every year, making it especially suitable as a summer course for amateur cooks at the start of a gap year.

Leiths excels on both the theoretical and the practical sides of cookery, benefiting from over 35 years' experience, whilst remaining fully abreast of contemporary techniques, styles and methods. Leiths is run by Managing Director Camilla Schneideman and is owned by Sir Christopher Bland.

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