Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults at the Harstone Inn

Instructed by Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes.  12-3pm. $55 per person.

You have never been to a gingerbread house decorating class like this before!  Held in the Hartstone Inn kitchen, everyone will be provided with a beautiful New England style gingerbread farmhouse to decorate. Unlike the houses that children normally decorate with candy, we will be decorating these houses using a variety of elegant lace patterns, damask and Christmas floral prints and more. Everyone will be provided with a tray full of edible sugar snowflakes, Christmas wreathes, holly leaves and berries, leaping reindeer and many more decorations to be used for creating their festive gingerbread house. Towards the end of the class, each will be covered with delicate icicles. Every house will be attached to a base with a center hole cut out in the base. Although not essential, a small electric candle type light can be placed inside of the house, if desired. All houses have windows that have been cut out so that the houses can be lit from the inside making them even more beautiful during the holiday season! No experience required and this will be a casual and fun class!  Weekend packages start at $367 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $55 per person.

Note: If you are traveling by car from out of town, these houses are very strong and can easily be transported in a car.

View additional cooking class offered at the Hartstone Inn here.

 

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Join Chef Michael Salmon at the Hartstone Inn and learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, coloring and flavoring different pastas, rolling out and cutting various shapes of pasta, filling pastas such as raviolis and tortellini and cooking pasta. Specific dishes include: Spaghetti with a Creamy Prosciutto and Roasted Pepper Sauce, Pappardelle with Grilled Tiger Shrimp, Pesto and Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Sweet Potato Ravioli with a Pine Nut and Sage Butter Sauce, and Three-Cheese Tortellini with Chicken and Pesto.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages start at $357 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person.



2012-2013 Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

Join Chef Michael at the Hartstone Inn for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $352 – $542 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45* per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics. Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes!   *Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults is $55 per person.

 

Date Course Topic Course Instructor
2012
Saturday, November 17th, 1-3 pm Autumn Dinner
Michael Salmon
Sunday, November 18th, 1-3 pm Autumn Dinner
Michael Salmon
Saturday, December 1st, 1-3 pm Pasta, Pasta, Pasta Michael Salmon
Sunday, December 2nd, 1-3 pm Pasta, Pasta, Pasta
Michael Salmon
Saturday, December 8th, 1-3 pm Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults Patricia Moroz
Saturday, December 15th, 1-3 pm Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres I Michael Salmon
Sunday, December 16th, 1-3 pm Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres I Michael Salmon
 

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Course Topic

 

Course Instructor

2013
Saturday, January 5th, 1-3 pm French Specialties
Michael Salmon
Sunday, January 6th, 1-3 pm French Specialties Michael Salmon
Saturday, February 9th, 1-3 pm Maine Seafood
Michael Salmon
Sunday, February 10th, 1-3 pm Maine Seafood Michael Salmon
Saturday, March 2nd, 1-3 pm Thai Cuisine Simplified Michael Salmon
Sunday, March 3rd, 1-3 pm Thai Cuisine Simplified Michael Salmon
Saturday, March 30th, 1-3 pm Italian Favorites Michael Salmon
Sunday, March 31st, 1-3pm Italian Favorites Michael Salmon
Saturday, April 13th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon
Sunday, April 14th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon
Saturday, June 1st, 1-3 pm From the Spring Garden Michael Salmon
Sunday, June 2nd, 1-3 pm From the Spring Garden Michael Salmon

2012 Hartstone Inn Cooking Classes – Only 4 Remain!

There are only four cooking classes left for 2012!  Join Chef Michael at the Hartstone Inn for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $352 – $542 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45* per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics. Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes!   *Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults is $55 per person and is a three hour class.


Saturday, November 17th, 1-3 pm Autumn Dinner

Sunday, November 18th, 1-3 pm Autumn Dinner

Saturday, December 1st, 1-3 pm Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Sunday, December 2nd, 1-3 pm Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Saturday, December 8th, 12-3 pm  Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults with Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes

Saturday, December 15th, 1-3 pm Holiday Hors d’ Oeuvres

Sunday, December 16th, 1-3 pm Holiday Hors d’ Oeuvres



Learning to Make Pasta at the Hartstone Inn

This past Saturday and Sunday was a Cooking Class Weekend here at the Hartstone Inn and the topic was Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!  Techniques included making the dough, coloring and flavoring different pastas, rolling and cutting various shapes, filling pastas such as raviolis and tortellini and finally, cooking pasta. Specific dishes included: Spinach Fettuccine Puttanesca with Shrimp, Farfalle with fresh Tomato, Basil and Roasted Garlic, Green Pea Ravioli with Lemon and Olive Oil and Potato Gnocchi with Lobster and Asparagus. There was just as much pasta eating as there was pasta making!


Are you interested in learning to make handmade pasta?  Join us for a week long cooking school here at the Hartstone Inn with Italian Chef Benedetta Vitali.  View the details on Tradition and Innovation in Tuscan Cooking.  Along with cooking instruction they include a lobster bake, wine and cheese tastings, lunch daily and so much more!

Week Long Tuscan Foodie Adventure at the Hartstone Inn with Italian Chef Benedetta Vitali

From the heart of Tuscany to the Hartstone Inn, join Chef Benedetta Vitali in Camden, Maine for a week of Tuscan cooking from June 4-8, 2012.

Benedetta Vitali is a chef who has lived and worked all her life in Florence, Italy.  Benedetta is the author of the James Beard Award finalist Soffritto: Tradition and Innovation in Tuscan Cooking, in which she makes a compelling case for learning to cook as Italians do by fully engaging all of one’s senses and paying close attention to the transformation of ingredients that occurs during cooking rather than by following recipes slavishly. She has taught cooking classes across the United States as well as in Florence.

This cooking week package is only available to guests of the Inn and includes lodging for 5 evenings ( Sunday – Thursday) and breakfast for two each morning. The package is based on a single participant joining us for the course (second person course cost is an additional $525) which includes lunch each day, 6 cooking courses, 2 tastings, Sunday welcome dinner, Hartstone Inn apron and welcome amenity.

The week long package also includes:

* Private Welcome Dinner Sunday evening: Maine Lobster Bake on the beach at Michael and Mary Jo’s House with Italian favorites

* Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Making class at the State of Maine Cheese Company

* Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars

* Wine Tasting and Private Tour of the Cellardoor Winery

Traditional Room: $1250 / Superior Room: $1500 / Suite: $1650. The course is limited to 14 participants

Click here for more information.

 


Spring Cake Decorating Class May 19th

Last month, we offered our first cake decorating class and the response was overwhelming.  Not only did the class fill, but we had a waiting list of those who hoped to get in.   It was instructed by Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes whose talent is amazing and her class did not disappoint.  We received nothing but positive feedback from each participant as they took home their beautifully decorated cake.  It was for this reason, that we have asked Patricia to come back and teach another class in May.

In the Spring Cake Decorating Class, students will learn to make and color a variety of beautiful edible sugar flowers such as hydrangeas, triple layer gardenias and daffodils. In addition, each individual will be provided with a tray of full of completed sugar flowers and a fresh cake that has been finished with buttercream icing and covered in rolled fondant. Everyone will decorate each of their cakes with a variety of sugar flowers while learning how to attach sugar flowers to cakes, cupcakes, cookies and just about any type of baked goods. In addition to taking home their completed cakes and flowers, everyone will bring home a folder with simple to follow instructions, a vendor supply list and recipes will be provided to each individual making it simple for them to be able to make these at home. These sugar paste flowers can be made ahead of time and kept in sealed containers for months at a time making it convenient to use them as needed. This will be a fun and casual class and no experience at all is required!  Weekend cooking class packages are $352 – $542 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Enrollment for the class alone is $65 per person.

3 Dogs Cafe Pastry and Cooking Classes

Have you always wanted to learn to cover a cake in fondant or make beautiful sugar cookies?  3 Dogs Cafe, located just five minutes from the Hartstone Inn in Rockport, Maine can show you how.  Owner and Pastry Chef Steve Watts makes delicious sweets and amazing cakes that are for sale in his bakery.  You might have seen him on the Food Network show Challenge where he showcased his talent for creative cake making.

Below is the 2012 class schedule.  Any one of these classes can be added on to our Gourmet Getaway Package to add some extra fun to your time away!  Not interested in baking?  Cooking classes are offered too!

February 5th – Valentine Sugar Cookies: Learn to make sugar dough & create beautiful holiday cookies.

February 12th – Chocolate Mousse Cake:  Make and bake a chocolate cake and fill/frost it with chocolate mousse. Fun chocolate decorations will be made to decorate your cake! Just in time for valentines day!

February 18th – Hors d’oeuvres – Hot & Cold: For the people that like to entertain and are tired of cheese and crackers.

February 26th – Pizza: Learn to make different pizza dough’s with lots of topping ideas. Great affordable ideas to make with the whole family!

March 1st – Rolled Fondant: Learn to cover a cake with this edible clay. You’ll be shown different techniques. (All the cakes Steve created on the food network challenges were covered in fondant)

April 1st – Basic Cake Decorating: Learn to put buttercream on a cake like a professional and decorate with different ideas shown in class. Additional $15.00 charge for take home pastry bags and tips.

April 15th – Fun with Pies: Cream pie, chiffon, meringue, lattice, custard, 2 crust and different pie shell options.

April 29th – Sugar Cookies: Make and decorate your own cookies. Over 500 cutters to choose from. Each person will get to make at least 10 cookies!

All classes are limited to 10 people and are hands on!  Must be 12 years of age or older must bring your own rolling pin and apron if class requires. Classes start at 3pm and last approximately 2-3 hours.  $40 per person.


Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour at Shag Rock Brewing Company

Event date/time:

Saturday, January 14th, 1-3 pm

Are you a beer enthusiast? Join us at Shag Rock Brewing Company in Rockland for a brewery tour and a presentation of the beer brewing process.  Your host for this adventure is Richard Ruggiero, a veteran brewing expert and Brew Master at Shag Rock Brewing Company.  There will be a tasting of seasonal hand crafted Ales and Lagers (10-12 offerings), while evaluating their styles, origin and history.

Weekend packages at the Hartstone Inn are $352 – $542.  They include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment in this event is $45 per person.

Specialty Cake Decorating Class at the Hartstone Inn

Saturday, January 21st, 1-3 pm

Join local cake decorator Patricia Moroz, of Starlight Custom Cakes, in the Hartstone Inn kitchen. Patricia’s edible creations are awe-inspiring with edible flowers that look so realistic, you’ll look twice before devouring. During this two-hour (plus) cooking class you will decorate your own 6-inch specialty cake. Patricia will teach you her secrets for creating the most beautiful fondant and gum paste flowers, butterflies and decorative borders which you will apply to your cake. You will leave the class with the knowledge, skill and confidence to create an extra-special cake in your own home.  Weekend Cooking Class Packages are $352 – $542 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $65 per person.