“From the Spring Garden” Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Chef Michael SalmonChef Michael‘s last cooking class until fall is just a few weeks away!  Our “From the Spring Garden” cooking class is offered both June 1st & June 2nd from 1-3pm. 

Springtime in Maine is a pretty exciting.  The snow is gone and our gardens are beginning to produce some spring bounty.  Chef Michael will take advantage of this local produce with a menu he has created that reflects the season.

Hartstone Inn cooking classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.  Our Cooking Class Package starts at $377 and includes 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.

Menu:

  • Seared Sea Scallops with Spring Pea Cream and Smoked Salmon
  • Baby Spring Greens with a Strawberry-Chive Dressing and Radishes
  • Grilled Salmon Niçoise with Fiddlehead Ferns and Spring Asparagus
  • Spring Rhubarb Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeleine

 

Hartstone Inn Scallops Salmon Nicoise

 

Tea Cup Cake Decorating Class at the Hartstone Inn

On May 18, from noon until three o’clock, Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes will be teaching students how to create beautiful, edible sugarpaste teacups that will be used to decorate their cakes.  Each student will be provided with a fresh cake that has been iced and covered with fondant, a teacup and saucer that they will learn to decorate, and a generous selection of sugar flowers that will be used as accents on their teacups and cakes. The cakes and teacups will be decorated during class using a variety of beautiful luster dusts and edible gold. Students will learn enough about the use of sugarpaste that they will be able to go home and make a variety of decorations for cakes and baked goods. Each student will also learn how to make their own teacup and saucer to bring home with them. These can be used as samples, together with an instruction guide and a vendor supply list that will enable them to order any products that they may be interested in. This will be a fun and casual class with no experience required.   Our Cooking Class Package starts at $352 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.  The cost for the class alone is $55. 

New Addition – Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Cooking Class in January!

We have added a cooking class to our Hartstone Inn 2013 Cooking Class Schedule“Lobster, Lobster, Lobster” class will be offered on January 19th from 1-3pm.  Make it a weekend getaway and book our Cooking Class Package which includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, a five-course gourmet dinner for two and enrollment for one in a scheduled cooking class. Cooking classes include recipes, hands-on participation, wine to complement the cuisine and lots of food to taste.  Enrollment for the the class alone is $45.


Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Cooking Class Details

A trip to Maine should be based around eating as much lobster as one can. This class will help you achieve that goal!  Chef Michael will share his techniques for cooking and “breaking down” lobsters, and guide you through four very diverse preparations.

Recipes include:

  • Maine Lobster with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc
  • Lobster and Gruyere Soufflé with a Grilled Corn Cream
  • Maine Lobster and Asparagus Salad with a Tangerine Dressing
  • Avocado and Lobster Cakes with a Chive Sour Cream and Roasted Tomato Jus

2013 Pastry Classes at Sweet Sensations Pastry Shop

Many of our guests not only love to cook, but to bake too.  We do not offer pastry classes here at the Hartstone Inn but Sweet Sensations Pastry Shop does and it is only 10 minutes away!  Plan an overnight or a weekend getaway with us and take a class while you are here.  Steve, one of the owners of Sweet Sensations has been featured on the Food Network television show Food Network Challenge where he made amazing cakes!

2013 Class Schedule

January 6th – Fun with Cupcakes:  Learn to make cupcakes and decorate them with buttercream flowers.

January 13th – Pate choux: Learn to make eclairs, cream puffs, mice, swans & fillings.

February 3rd – Sugar Cookies: Make and decorate your own cookies. Over 500 cutters to choose from. Each person will get to make at least 15 cookies! *Bring a rolling pin!

February 10th – 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!

March 3rd – Fun with Pies: Cream pie, chiffon, meringue, lattice, custard, 2 crust and different pie shell options. Along with quiche ideas. *Bring a rolling pin!

March 10th – 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) *Bring a rolling pin!

April 7th – 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 14th – Pizza: Learn to make pizza dough & sauces with lots of topping ideas.

Additional information from their website:

“All classes are limited to 10 people. With a minimum of 7 people. No children under 12. All classes are hands on! Classes are $40 per person. All classes are on Sundays and start at 3PM. Classes last approximately 2-3 hours. Bring your own rolling pin and apron for the appropriate classes! a $20 cash non-refundable deposit (unless class is canceled or rescheduled) Remaining balance will be collected at the beginning of the class. “

To view the Hartstone Inn cooking class schedule, click here.  Topics include Thai Cuisine, French Specialties, Maine Seafood, Italian Favorites and more!!

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.