Local chef and teacher Cindy Hartog has formed a partnership with Oak and Almond restaurant owner J-P Pirraglia to create a cooking school for youngsters ages 5 through 17. The classes will be divided into three age groups and will work in the baking kitchen and restaurant of the new Oak and Almond restaurant (next to the DMV) on the Norwalk/Wilton line.
Hartog will be working with her daughter Danielle, who has been assisting in her classes (at Cindy’s Sous Chefs) for several years. The partnership grew out of chance conversations she had with Pirraglia while lunching at Oak and Almond several times.
She said that the menu for the classes will focus on foods from around the world, featuring Pasta from Scratch, Tiramisu, Panzanella, sushi rolls and Japanese dumplings. The students will, of course, get to sit down and eat their creations at the end of each class.
There will also be a cake decorating class using an airbrush, Cookie Creations, and a Chocolate Craziness class as well. Students have the exciting opportunity to work in a professional restaurant kitchen and then dine on their food in the lovely Oak and Almond dining room.
Parents have the option of dining at Oak and Almond during the class and will have a discount applied to their check. Future class plans may eventually expand to adult culinary classes as well,
For information on enrolling in these classes, which begin in early to mid-September and run 10 weeks, contact Cindy Hartog at firstname.lastname@example.org.