For my friend Courtney‘s birthday (back in January) I asked her if she would please attend a cooking class with me in March at Quality Street Kitchen & Catering in Leonardtown. On the menu? Vegetarian Delights, as imagined by Chef Michael Kelley from the Brome Howard Inn. And seeing that Courtney is a vegetarian, I thought it would be a perfect birthday present.
Turns out, I was right.
We had a blast… Chef Michael was as entertaining as his food was delicious, and Courtney wasn’t the only other Birthday Girl in the house! With a good glass of Pinot Noir in hand, we learned how to make spinach spanakopita, as well as a pear and brie version. Then there was portobello mushrooms that were served like filet mignon, an asparagus risotto and homemade-from-scratch au gratin potatoes. All I can say is that there was some serious “Yummy!” up in the Quality Street house on Tuesday!
Jen and Courtney – photo by JoAnne from Quality Street
About 15 or 20 minutes into the class, I acquired owner JoAnne’s camera and began to morph into “photographer mode.” I took the obligatory class photos featuring steps in the preparation and cooking processes, as well as the participants helping with various tasks or watching intently as they sip their wine. Then, I put the camera into Super Macro mode and got a little artsy with the food (especially the plating and presentation of said food), not to mention the acres of tempting kitchen gadgets, colorful bowls and salt/pepper grinders, and quality pots and pans in the showroom/store portion of the space.
After the class, I was showing Steve and JoAnne some of the photos I captured and they expressed an interest in perhaps having me come photograph more classes and even some catered events. They have an interest in putting a small book of images together, basically a look-book at what Quality Street can do. How awesome is that and how honored am I?! Of course, I said “Yes!” and I do hope that they give me a call.
I’ve attended three of Quality Street’s classes, and I’ve been impressed with the way JoAnne and Steve run their business. Both have great personalities and they are dedicated to making sure that everyone – whether a customer looking for a good spatula or someone attending a class to find some inspiration in the kitchen – goes home happy. As such, I would be proud to take a part in helping them to produce a book that would help show potential customers what Quality Street can offer!
I don’t have any of those photos to post as I was using Quality Street’s camera, but Steve sent me this fantastic shot of Courtney and I. The good news is that by this weekend sometime the photos should be posted on their blog!
So, don’t forget to take a peek at the News at Quality Street blog later on and look for some of my images! After your eyes have widened in visual appreciation and your mouth is watering as you imagine what the food you see could do for your tongue, check out Quality Street’s list of upcoming classes and sign up for one! Better yet… call to sign up yourself and a friend/sibling/parent for a class. Or better yet, sign up to bring your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend! Because nothing says “I love you” like thinking outside of the box in terms of Date Night.
And by the way… HAPPY BIRTHDAY COURTNEY! 🙂
3/29 UPDATE: Here’s a direct link to the post that features some of my photos!