Aug 12 2009
As I hinted at in the last post, my father-in-law visits cooking classes at his local Williams-Sonoma that they offer for free on Sundays to anyone who wishes to attend.
While were were visiting, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit a class with him in north Austin.
I found the set-up quite nice. They had a large angled mirror on the ceiling so that we could see what they were cooking. We were able to taste-test everything and it was quite tasty. I was, however, disappointed that they were using mainly ingredients that you could only buy in their stores – like their roasted version of Ro-Tel for $12!!!
My father-in-law mentioned that they have different cooks for the different classes, and that this lady is the one who plugs their products. Other cooks cook from scratch and give tips as to where the correct ingredients can be found at other locations around town.
So, what did we eat while we were there??
Hot dogs topped with a very very spicy pickle relish (also only found at Williams-Sonoma). The relish really made me sweat from the heat, but it was delicious.
Hamburger sliders made with a spice mixture (also only found at Williams-Sonoma). The hamburgers tasted ok – I have definitely made better ones before – but I was quite impressed by their table-top electric grill. I would like one of those babies for home. It seemed to really work well and better than the grill pan that I have at home.
Rotisserie chicken with different bbq sauces (also only found at Williams-Sonoma). I found the rotisserie that they used for it nice, but impractical since it can’t double as a toaster over or something else that I would use more often. The bbq sauces were just not to my personal taste – I’ll just lease it at that.
Queso dip with Williams-Sonoma $12 version of roasted Ro-Tel served over tortilla chips. It was ok, but there is no way that I would mix a $12 bottle of tomato concoction with a chunk of Velveeta.
So, what are my thoughts on the overall event?
If I lived in the US, I would definitely go to more of these. I think it’s a great place to get ideas and fun to cook with others. However, I don’t think I will ever walk out with a $12 bottle of roasted Williams-Sonoma Ro-Tel…