When most people think of York, Maine the first thing that comes to mind is not necessarily Stonewall Kitchen. It should be however. It really is a destination worthy of a visit. Not only is this the home of Stonewall Kitchen, their corporate headquarters but their flagship store is located here as well. It is bigger than any other store of theirs that I have ever visited. In addition to the store, there is a cafe and most important of all, their kitchen.
Why you ask is it important that their kitchen is located here? They offer cooking classes at their cooking school. It is one of the most entertaining meals that I have ever enjoyed and I can’t wait to go back and do it again.
The number of participants is limited. You are not going to get to cook yourself. However, either guest chief or members of their talented staff are going to cook a meal for you and are going to be able to watch them go through it step by step and ask questions. You will be given the recipes so that you can create the meal at home and it is not just to promote the food items that they sell however, many of the implements they use to cook are for sale in the kitchen store and participants get a 10% discount.
The menus vary; they are season, regional and always interesting. On Sunday’s there is usually brunch, on some days there is lunch and dinner and on others just lunch or just dinner. There is a calendar on their website that will give you the menu choices, the price and the time of the meal. Some examples are “Sensational Fall Flavors” with the following menu:
Spinach Salad in a Warm Bacon Shallot Dressing
From Scratch Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
Herbed Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pan Gravy
Sausage, Leek and Herb Cornbread Stuffing
Maple Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Another menu “Fall in Italia” has the following menu:
Autumn Salad of Apple, Bleu Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Spinach with Warm Bacon Dressing
Handcrafted Linguini with Wild Mushroom Cream
Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Fennel and Figs
Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato.
As you can see, the menus have multiple courses and take about an hour and a half to serve and enjoy. The average price is $55 per person but there are special meals that can run a little higher.
I did this together with a very close friend. We enjoyed our dinner so much that we checked to see if Sunday brunch still had openings which it didn’t. We also enjoyed shopping in the kitchen store especially with the 10% discount. We stayed in Wells but there are plenty of options in York. This is a great girlfriends or mother and daughter getaway weekend idea, I am looking forward to doing it again soon.