Way back when I was single, had roommates, and worked as a talent agent I decided to start a cooking club with my friend Cornelia. I remember we were sitting in a now defunct restaurant in Hollywood drinking wine, out much later than we should have been on a work night. Besides having the prerequisite single girls conversation; fashion, boys and work, we found we both had a yearning to become better cooks and entertainers. We already entertained quite a bit but we wanted to learn more, to master things we were afraid of (for me it was bread dough) and to also create an opportunity to carve out some quality time with good girl friends who were of like mind and wanted to learn some things in the kitchen. And so the Cooking Club was born.
I hosted the first cooking club in my tiny apartment kitchen that I shared with my dear friend Interior Designer Mary Luby and Yoga Booty Ballet Creator Gillian Martloth. I prepared cornish game hens and a wild rice dish. It was all about quick, simple, sure to wow recipes. We drank too much and though the food was delicious, the evening was more like me conducting a cooking lesson on the Foodnetwork. We have learned a lot in the 10 years the Cooking Club has been in existence and now our get togethers are collborative and themed based.
Sally’s Spread for Spanish Cooking Club
(she had the items sent from Spain)
Alix working on her Biscotti for Italian Night
Stacy and Vanessa cooking up Garlic Flavored Oil for Broccolini
Toppings and Fresh Pizza Dough for our Pizza Night
Jessica and Clarke Sporting Bindi’s for Indian Night
Indian Night Table @ Alix’s House
Celebrating Lulu’s Book “Lulu Powers, Food to Flowers” with a Table Scape Using Some of her Tips
Our group now consists of some professionals in the food biz which has put the cooking on a much higher level. We “tease” when someone hasn’t put much time into a dish or if they make the same thing numerous times, but we are all quite serious about our cooking. Most of us have had a big flop (except the fabulous Caterer Lulu Powers) and great successess. We have bumped it up even more now by taking special care in our tablescapes.
Lulu’s Summer Table
Clarke’s Favorite Things Dinner
Malibu Beach Food @ Sally’s
The members have changed through the years, but we now have a core group that has been going strong for years. There are some ladies I only see when we get together, others that I see more often, but I adore each and every member and learn so much (not just in cooking but in life). There have been weddings, babies, divorces, job losses, and career changes. We have lost parents and pets. Members have moved away. We have even been in national magazines and on television. But the desire to learn, cook, to be wonderful hosts and entertainers is still what drives us all.
Some of the other Cooking Club members have blogs you should check out!
Sally Horchow “Very Good Looking”
Lulu Powers “Living La Lulu”
Heather Fogarty “The Foodinista”
I am hosting tonight, so off to go do a little prep.
Happy Cooking Everyone!