DECEMBER COOKING CLASSES GREEK MEZE PARTY – Great do-ahead holiday appetizers! Wednesday, December 2nd 6 PM Step into a small Greek village, land of Meze the legendary small dishes of Greece, offered in a relaxed setting as appetizers with cocktails. Good food, drink and conversation are the essence of Greek hospitality. Recipes include: Chicken Spankopita Strudels - layers of chicken breast, spinach and feta cheese between crisp phyllo pastry sheets; Mediterranean Classic Stuffed Grape Leaves; Greek Walnut, Honey and Apple Baklava Pastry Bites. $65 per person MICHIGAN FIRESIDE WINE DINNER Thursday, December 3rd 6 PM Recipes include: Oak Wood Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Michigan Port Wine-Blueberry Compote Sauce; Creamy Golden Yukon Mashed Potatoes; Michigan Merlot Wine Salad – organic baby greens, merlot wine glazed walnuts and creamy light blue cheese herb dressing; Caramelized Winter Pear Cake with Michigan Red Wine Caramel Sauce. $75 per person CHEF’S DECEMBER TABLE – Italian Chianti Braised Lamb Friday, December 4th 6 PM Recipes include: Slow Braised Lamb with Fresh Rosemary and Italian Chianti Red Wine Jus; Creamy Yukon Gold Mash Potatoes; Grilled Radicchio Salad with Pancetta, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette; Chocolate Hazelnut Frangelico Crème Brule with Caramelized Brown Sugar Crust. $75 per person SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS CROQUENBOUCHE Saturday, December 5th 10 AM This is a classic French holiday pastry class not to be missed! We’ll create a spectacular Christmas tree shaped croquenbouche of miniature pate choux puffs dipped in golden hard caramel and draped with glistening angel hair spun sugar – WOW!, add a few candles and dim the lights for one show stopping dessert this holiday season! In addition, we’ll also create classic vanilla chantilly crème filled crème puffs and custard filled éclairs with chocolate ganache…great for this seasons holiday dessert platters! Recipes include: Holiday Croquenbouche Pate Choux Pastry with Spun Angel Hair Caramel Sugar; Crème Puff and Éclair Pate Choux Shells; Vanilla Chantilly Crème; Custard Filling; Bittersweet Chocolate Fudge Ganache. $65 per person FIRESIDE HOLIDAY TEA PARTY Wednesday, December 9th 6 PM The holiday season is the perfect time to invite friends over for a gathering steeped in tradition – afternoon tea. Join us as we reveal an array of wonderful recipes created specifically for the holiday season, demonstrate the proper technique for brewing English tea and enjoy our tea party by the fireside – its tea time at Le Chat Gourmet! Recipes include: Gingerbread Cream Tea Scones with Homemade Lemon Curd; A Trio of Finger Sandwiches and Canapés – Oak Wood Smoked Chicken Salad Cucumber Canapés, Slivers of Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream Finger Sandwiches, English Ploughman’s Double Gloucestershire Cheese and Onion Finger Sandwiches; British Shortbread Cookies decorated with Holiday Garland and Berries; Properly Brewed English Tea served in English Bone China Cups. $65 per person GOURMET MEXICO Thursday, December 10th 6 PM Recipes include: Char Grilled Mexican Queso Fresco Cheese Stuffed Filet Mignon Steak; Roasted Tomatillo Sauce; Creamy Mashed Potatoes; Mexican Tequila Cheese Fondue - melted Mexican cheese with a hint of tequila, topped with chorizo and poblano peppers served with warm corn tortillas; Orange Mexican Crème Caramel Flan. $75 per person ELEGANT HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING – Beef Wellington Friday, December 11th 6 PM The holidays are the perfect time of year to spoil your guests with place settings of fine china, silver, crystal and heirloom serving pieces. This delicious “make-a- head” menu filled with classical French cuisine will add the dining elegance for creating an entertaining extravaganza. Recipes include: Individual Filet Mignon Beef Wellington with Merlot Wine Reduction Sauce; Wild Mushroom Ragu; Duchess Potatoes; French Three Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese Croutons; Classic Crème Brule with Caramelized Sugar Crust. $75 per person JUNIOR CHEF HOLIDAY TRAIN Saturday, December 12th 10 AM-1 PM Christmas is just around the corner so it’s time to get in the kitchen, fire up the oven and get creative! What better way to let loose our inner baker and artist than by decorating a gingerbread train! In addition we’ll make some fresh baked cookies to enjoy while we decorate! Recipes include: Decorate a Holiday Cookie Train – each junior chef will use a piping bag filled with royal icing to assemble their own cookie train, then decorate it with loads of holiday candy!; Royal Vanilla Icing; Fresh From the Oven Baked Cookies and Milk. $50 per person CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE Wednesday, December 16th 6 PM It's Christmas Eve in France and the crisp evening air is filled with the joyful sound of church bells ringing out carols. A dinner feast called Le Revillon has been prepared with classic dishes that include roast turkey with chestnut stuffing followed by the traditional cake buche de noel. So raise your glass of champagne and toast this festive holiday season - Joyeux Noel! Recipes include: Oven Roast Turkey Breast Roulade with Chestnut Shallot Artisan Bread Stuffing; Creamy Yukon Gold Mash Potatoes with Truffle Butter; Haricot Verts and Carrots with Dijon Mustard Chervil Herb Sauce; Chocolate Mint Buche de Noel Christmas Cake - vanilla-mint cream filled chocolate cake roll with cocoa buttercream icing. $75 per person TUSCAN DINNER with FRIENDS Thursday, December 17th 6 PM This December bring a bit of Tuscany to your table – share an evening of good food, wine and friendship for a Tuscan Dinner with Friends! Recipes include: Prosciutto and Fontina Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Prosecco Cream Sauce; Sautéed Garlicky Garden Green Beans; Baked Goat Cheese Timbale with Alder Wood Smoked Tomato Herb Bruschetta; Winter Red Pear and Mascarpone Gelato Ice Cream. $75 per person OLDE ENGLISH CHRISTMAS FARE – Prime Rib and Yorkshire Puddings Friday, December 18th 6 PM For an elegant and traditional Christmas dinner, this holiday menu offers both delicious fare and dramatic presentation. To complete the setting, don’t forget the English Christmas Crackers for your holiday festivities! Recipes include: Roasted Herb Encrusted Prime Rib Roast; Roasted Thyme Scented Crispy Potatoes; Savory Yorkshire Pudding with Caramelized Onion Gravy; Gingerbread Trifle with Grand Marnier - layers of gingerbread topped with grand marnier scented whipped cream and mandarin orange segments. $75 per person WHITE CHRISTMAS Saturday, December 19th 10 AM The weatherman is predicting another 2” overnight but your heating things up in the kitchen with a blizzard of sweet treats - so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Join us at Le Chat Gourmet this winter for a trio of fun-filled and delicious “snow” inspired creations! Recipes include: White Christmas Snowflake Cake with Raspberry Filling and White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing garnished with Solid White Chocolate Snowflakes - this is a really spectacular cake!; Crisp Norwegian Winter Snowflake Rosette Cookies Dusted in Confectioners Sugar; Old Fashioned Vanilla Popcorn Balls. $65 per person ITALIAN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Saturday, December 19th 6 PM Recipes include: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fig Sauce; Smashed Red Skin Potatoes; Bruschetta with Fire Roasted Red Pepper Compote and Goat Cheese; Espresso Chocolate Truffle Soufflé with Cappuccino Crème. $75 per person LET US HOST YOUR NEXT PARTY! Le Chat Gourmet is available for private holiday cooking parties. Great for office parties or family gathering! Call Chef Denene Vincent at 517.663.7322 for details and dates. GIFT CERTIFICATES More than a gift…a culinary adventure! Perfect answer for any occasion… holidays, birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, anniversaries, employee thank you, house warming or 'just because'. Use towards cooking classes or purchases from our gourmet cookware shop!