Earlier this year, Chris Gulker and I spent a Saturday with Dmitry Elperin in the kitchen of Woodside’s Village Pub – one of our local 1-star Michelin-rated restaurants. That escapade was for us to learn how to roast chicken – see Chris’s post.
Today, my daughter Tracy and I returned to the Pub to learn all about cooking for Thanksgiving – and what a wonderful time we had – eight of us students crowded around the kitchen at Village Pub. We had such a wonderful time!
Here’s the full review I posted tonight on Yelp:
Like Sandi H., we also participated in the Thanksgiving Cooking School at the Village Pub today. This was my second class with Dmitry Elperin – both have been superb.
There’s nothing quite like being in the kitchen with a great chef as he’s describing how he cooks – and tries variations to the recipes. Today’s menu was classic Thanksgiving – wonderful brined turkey (super moist!), stuffing, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with chestnuts (my first time for those – yum!). A cranberry/apple chutney added wonderful contrast.
Sommelier Michael educated our nose and palate with four great wines to accompany this meal. He walked us through a blind tasting – sharing what we found as we first swirled and breathed in the aromas and then tasted the wines. A French white burgundy (Michel Gros) and an Oregon Pinot Noir (Willakenzie) were the main course wines. The madeira he poured to accompany pecan pie for dessert was an amazing food pairing!
All in all, another great Saturday event at the Village Pub! Congratulations to Dmitry and the VP team for a wonderful time!
Here’s a photo I snapped of Dmitry in action: