FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Widness
Widness & Company
Tel: (646) 375-2239
BON APPETIT! WINVIAN LAUNCHES NEW COOKING
SCHOOL IN SPRING 2011 WITH A SCRUMPTIOUS RANGE OF ITALIAN AND FRENCH CLASSES
AAA Five Diamond Chef to Helm the
HILLS, CT – January 2011 - Savor the mouth-watering aromas of bubbling bolognese,
melting butter, roasting vegetables, fish and herbs wafting through the new
state-of-the-art kitchen at Winvian. This delicious experience will take place at
the property’s new Cooking School at Winvian, the AAA “Ten” Diamond resort in
the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. The
Cooking School will launch in spring 2011.
From a classic two-hour introduction class on
mastering savory pasta dishes or delicious pastries and treats, to more
in-depth, longer courses, The Cooking School at Winvian offers a class option
for visiting guests and locals alike.
Dishes will evoke the feeling of a cozy French bistro, Italian trattoria
or a friend’s vacation home in Provence.
Guests will cook with herbs, salad greens and vegetables from Winvian’s
garden and with seafood and game sourced as locally as possible.
“We want guests at Winvian to relish in relaxation
and experience the exceptional food and accommodations. The Cooking School will teach special dishes
that can easily be made by the home cook and taken home as a token of their
experience at Winvian,” said Maggie Smith, proprietor of Winvian.
Executive Chef Chris Eddy, who helped earn Winvian’s
restaurant the AAA Five Diamond award - the only new USA restaurant to achieve
this honor in 2011 – will lead all classes.
Pastry Chef Gilles Ballay will oversee the pastry sessions.
Classic Classes, two hours in length each weekend, will be offered
on an on-going basis throughout the year, ideal for guests and locals. Students will learn how to liven up classic
Italian recipes in the Pasta Classic Class, and learn how to make
just-flown-in-from-Paris-treats in the Pastry Classic Class.
Three Day Classes, 15 hours of instruction, will be a great option
for ladies’ getaways, couples looking to reconnect, or groups of friends. The Wednesday-Friday class will be offered
during select weeks throughout the year, with the days devoted to stocks,
soups, and sauces, basic French techniques, and protein preparation. Spa
treatments may be woven in before and after classes to pamper these aspiring
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Winvian Intensive Cooking School will offer six 8-hour days of instruction over a
six week period on consecutive Wednesdays in March and April and again in
November through mid-December. This is
another great opportunity for locals wanting to really hone their culinary
skills. The schedule offers in-depth
teaching of classic French cooking techniques, concentrating on salads &
eggs, hearty soups & stocks, basics of vegetable cooking & bread,
classical cooking methods for fish, preparation of poultry dishes, and
preparation of red meat dishes.
The gleaming, state-of-the-art kitchen features 550
square feet of space and can accommodate up to 12 students. State-of-the-art
Viking appliances will provide aspiring chefs the opportunity to sample one of
the culinary industry’s premier equipment.
the private and whimsical AAA Ten Diamond retreat – the property also received
Five Diamonds for its accommodations – ideally located just two hours from NYC,
houses 18 luxe cottages and one suite on 113 acres of meadows and
woodlands. Nightly rates at Winvian
start from $650 for two a la carte (breakfast included) and from $1,250 for two
all-inclusive (full breakfast, room service, lunch, picnics, spa snacks,
afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner, after dinner petit-fours). A 13% gratuity and
9% CT State tax will be added per night to the room rate. The entire property is available for special
celebrations and lavish weddings with rates upon request.
additional information on the Cooking School at Winvian and class schedules, or
to book reservations, please visit www.winvian.com
or call 860-567-9600.
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