‘Tis the season to be jolly—and in true Santa form, maybe gain 10 pounds! It’s ok though because I think we all know that feasting on all of our favorite holiday treats is worth the extra winter padding. When it comes to the holidays, it’s time to let loose and divulge in all things delicious, and that’s why we’ve highlighted some upcoming culinary oriented festivities that are happening around Woodinville in the coming months.
Wine and Onesies
Do you want to go out, but find it hard getting out of your pajamas? On December 7th, you don’t have to! That’s because 20 Corners Brewing is holding their 3rd Annual Wine and Onesies Soiree! This festive party encourages you to throw on your most comfortable digs and participate in fun, brewery-inspired games as well as compete for a chance to win amazing Seahawks tickets in their epic cornhole tournament. If beer, games, and sleepwear sound like a satisfying weekend, be sure to mark this one on your calendar.
The Art of Chocolate Making
There’s nothing like indulging in a bite of rich chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s decadent, full of flavor, and in its darkest form stimulates the production of endorphins, putting you in a euphoric mood! What better way to indulge in this delicious treat than by taking a chocolate-making class? At 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living in Woodinville, they offer various classes that focus on sustainable living for the conscious consumer. Book their Bean-to-Bar Chocolate-Making Class on November 14th, and you can discover the ins and outs of this age-old craft. Learn to roast cacao beans and separate the nibs from shells. Then, grind, temper, and mold them into robust chocolate! You will also get to taste different types of chocolate and perfect your confectionary palette in the process. Sounds like a great way to pass the time to us!
Holiday Cooking 101
Want to impress your holiday guests this season? Snag a spot at the Willows Lodge Holiday Hoopla chef event, and you’ll learn how to make this year’s go-to classic sauces and out-of-this-world desserts. If you think your cooking skills need some refining, don’t worry, two culinary greats will be guiding you through each recipe step by step—Chef Bobby Moore and Pastry Chef Matt Kelley.
Executive Chef Bobby Moore and Pastry Chef Matt Kelley are the masterminds behind the delicious compilation of plates and pastries at Willows Lodge’s restaurant, Barking Frog. Chef Moore has a long history at Willows Lodge, where he has worked as a chef for over 15 years. He especially revels in the holiday seasons where he gets to host a variety of culinary events including, Thanksgiving dinners, wine pairings, farm-to-table events, and more. Chef Matt Kelley is a king of pastries, and his chocolate rosemary bombolini is recognized by the John Beard Foundation.
With these two chefs as your teachers, you will master the art of crafting the perfect holiday meal, frills included. There will also be small bites to snack on and freshly shaken holiday cocktails provided by Lodge Manager, Anthony Berkau. The Holiday Hoopla Chef Event will take place on December 3rd from 5:30 – 8:30 pm in the fireplace area of the Fireside Lounge at Willows Lodge. Event tickets are available to book online—and don’t worry—you’ll receive recipe cards so you can recreate each dish at home.