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February is Perfect Pairings Month at ICC!

Who said that Valentine’s day was limited to romance? We think the “month of love” can mean so much more! So instead, we’ve curated our events this month to be all about the “perfect pairing.” From collaborations between culinary and pastry chef-instructors to exploring flavor pairings with chocolate and liqueur, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month. Plus, bring your favorite “sous chef” to find your perfect pairing at ICC—learn how you can save $100 on a one-day recreational class with the ICC Cooking Pass!

We’ll begin the month with a special collaboration between our culinary and pastry departments. ICC Chef-Instructor’s Danielle Fonalledas and Kir Rodriguez team up to tackle seasonal ingredients in a challenge to combine their culinary and pastry skills into an epic 3-course menu. Then “Mr. Chocolate” himself, Chef Jacques Torres, joins us for National Chocolate Lovers month with a chocolate & liqueur pairing demonstration of 3 different types of bonbons—a dark, milk and white chocolate—and the ‘spirited’ fillings that go along with them. If you’re still looking for the perfect “date night” for Valentine’s Day, join us for our hands-on cooking class with Chef Danny Mena—Mexican Favorites: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More on Thursday, February 13th!

Check out the event details below to see how you can find your perfect pairing at ICC this February!

Perfect Pairings: Seasonal Menu Challenge

Wednesday, February 5th
3:30pm-5:00pm

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Ever wonder what happens when two ICC Chef-Instructors team up for a demonstration? In this Perfect Pairings: Seasonal Menu Challenge, ICC Pastry Chef-Instructor Kir Rodriguez and ICC Culinary Chef-Instructor Danielle Fonalledas join forces to execute a three-course menu pairing various seasonal flavors, like kumquats. They’ll demonstrate how you can create a cohesive, multi-course meal that highlights the range of different ingredients in savory and sweet applications.

Together with a combined experience of over 20 years, your ICC Chef-Instructors will share how a tasty menu can be developed and executed when culinary and pastry forces unite. Gain insight into their process of menu development and how they worked together to pair seasonal flavors to develop a show-stopping menu with star-ingredients.

No RSVP required for students & alumni.
Limited seating available for the general public. RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com to attend.

Mexican Cooking: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More!

Thursday, February 13th
6:00pm-10:00pm
$195/person

Mexican Cooking

ICC’s newest one-day cooking class, Mexican Favorites: Tortilla Soup, Mole & More is just around the corner! Join Chef Danny Mena, ICC graduate and chef-owner of La Loncheria in Brooklyn, on February 13th for a flavorful introduction to cooking with mole and other warming chiles found in traditional Mexican cuisine. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn to make three classic dishes and the signature sides to accompany everyone’s favorites, including how to make handmade tortillas!

Plus, you can save $100 on a one-day, hands on recreational class for two when you purchase an ICC Cooking Pass for you and your Valentine. Purchase your ICC Cooking Pass here and register for this class today! (Offer ends Feb 14th, Cooking Pass is valid until 12/31/2020).

Perfect Pairings: Chocolate & Liqueur with Chef Jacques Torres

Wednesday, February 19th
3:30pm-5:00pm

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February is National Chocolate Lovers Month and who better than Jacques Torres, ICC’s Dean of Pastry Arts and “Mr. Chocolate” himself to demo the perfect chocolate and liqueur pairings!

Join us on February 19th for an exclusive demonstration with Chef Torres as he demonstrates 3 different types of bonbons—a dark, milk and white chocolate—and the ‘spirited’ fillings that go along with them. From champagne, red wine and port to rum, cognac and kirsch, the flavor combinations are endless! Learn how pastry chefs use liqueurs in their kitchens to bring out the flavor of their confections and balance desserts. Plus, Chef Torres will demonstrate how to make a chocolate box for your bon bon display adorned with, what else, chocolate decorations!

No RSVP required for students & alumni.
Limited seating available to the general public. RSVP to events@culinarycenter.com to attend.