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At The Chef’s Hat, we believe that all you need to enjoy one of our cooking events is a desire to learn and to laugh. We offer classes on all types of cuisines, for cooks of all skill levels. Even if you’ve never done anything more ambitious than tear the plastic off a prepared dinner and slide it into the microwave, we’re sure you’ll have a great time at our themed cooking events.

Our events range from 2-hour quick classes where you’ll have a chance to prepare (and eat) just a few recipes, to full-day explorations of a cuisine, technique, or type of cooking, during which you’ll prepare multiple recipes, or even a full meal. Whichever class you choose, the fun is built in.

This is culinary entertainment. This is The Chef’s Hat.

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    Brunch has become a weekend tradition for so many.  The tradition typically means heading to your favorite brunch restaurant or perhaps trying a new one that came as a recommendation – but this book helps home cooks like you create favorite restaurant dishes in the comfort of home and at a fraction of the price. Our anticipated publish date for this book is August 2020.  It will be available on all platforms for eBooks and in hard cover editions.
  • Mexican Appetizers Cooking Event September 16th, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 PM W are featuring Mexican appetizers during the hands-on cooking event.   We will be making Mexican pizza, a charcuterie board, Fajita black beans, chorizo and salsa in puff pastry, Chile lime roasted shrimp and more. We will also be serving Sangria, wine and Cerveza! The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday September 16th, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • Join us Sunday, August 14th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM to learn how summer salads can become one of  your main course options.  They are very refreshing and will help avoid heating up your kitchen.  Also enjoy our sampling of refreshing cocktails and local craft beers. The recipe agenda includes:
    • Pear Goat Cheese & Mint Salad,
    • Pea and Spinach Salad w/Parmesan & Prosciutto
    • Tarragon Peach with Burrata and Prosciutto Salad
    • Fruit & Caprese Salad
    The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 4-6 PM Sunday August 14th, 2022.  The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.  
  • When one thinks of wine pairing, food comes to mind.  We are going to turn it a bit upside down by pairing the wine with a spice and then the spice with a food.  As we trust you will discover, this triple play turns into an unmistakable match when we prep and cook the resulting dish.     We will be serving a variety of white and red "Fall" wines with unique tastes to make the food combinations even more interesting.  Some of the wines we will be featuring include Semillon, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Côtes du Rhône varieties. The menu will include appetizers, a main, a side and dessert.  The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM September 23rd, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • One of the most fun nights we have is our pizza party event.  We will be making multiple unique pizza recipes that always get a smile. For example, does a mushroom, roasted garlic and brie cheese one sound good?  How about a Mexican pizza that has won many accolades?  Then help us make a Shrimp Alfredo pizza that could be an event by itself.  And one more mouth watering one as a surprise! Beer and wine is also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday September 30th, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.    
  • For this hands on event, we will continue our trek around the world helping our attendees explore international cuisines.   We have had a great deal of interest in a Vietnamese event and we listened. Our recipe plan includes:
    • Banh Xeo (Crispy Vietnamese Crepe)
    • Pho (Noodles and Beef Soup)
    • Banh Canh Tom Cua (Vietnamese Shrimp Udon)
    • Che Chuoi (Banana Tapioca)
    Red/White Wine, Beer and "Rice Wine" are also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday August 12th, 2022.  The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.  
  • This night we move to another international cuisine that is full of history.  We spent some time there to immerse into the cuisine of the Medoc area in the southwest of France. Some of the local French recipes that we will be sharing include:
    • Chilled Garden Pea Veloute (Soup)
    • Shrimp Flambe w/Pastis
    • Chou Farci (Beef & Pork Stuffed Cabbage)
    • Cherry Clafoutis
    Wines from the region and Champagne are also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday August 19th, 2022.  The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • The Korean cuisine includes some quite unique dishes.  Since many dishes use spicy chiles, we will be toning it down so anyone can enjoy.  But we will offer the true Korean spice level to those who would like it as well Some of the recipes we are planning include:
    • Beef Bulgogi
    • Shrimp Pancakes
    • Spicy Korean Chicken Stir Fry
    • Spiced Korean Poached Pears
    Wine and Beer and Jinro Korean cocktails are also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 4-6 PM Sunday August 21st, 2022.  The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • We like to approach Labor Day with a grilling laugh and learn event.  While we will show everyone some grilling techniques, this is really about featuring some of our best recipes from the grill.  We hope you find these recipes take good to great and you will repeat them at home. Some of the recipes we are planning include:
    • Slow Cooked Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs w/a Grill Finish
    • Spice Infused Sliders
    • Our Version of Mexican Street Corn
    • A Grilled Dessert Surpise
    Wine and Beer are also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday August 26th, 2022.  The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • Often we have an event that is based on a particular cuisine.  We will once again be taking on the world by making one dish from 5 different international cuisines.  The cuisines for the September Around the World event are:
    • Puerto Rico
    • Japan
    • Venezuela
    • Ireland
    • France
    Wines and cocktails from these regions are also included. The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 6-8 PM Friday September 9th, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.    
  • We will be featuring some of the recipes from Chef Ivan's book "A Year of Brunches".  For example...
    • Lobster Benedict
    • Southwestern Brisket Hash
    • Baked French Toast Sticks with Almond Whipped Cream
    • Mini Frittatas
    • Raspberry and Vanilla Trifle
    And of course Champagne, Specialty Bellinis, Wine and Beer are included.  The event will be held at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 4-6 PM September 18th, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.
  • On Sunday September 11th, we will be kicking off the Bucs season.  The season opener is Sunday September 11th @ 8:20 PM.  So we will start at 4 PM with some pre-game appetizer favorites.  Our top blends will be playing on beef, pork, seafood and chicken.  We will be sampling cheeseburger meatballs, dry rubbed slow cooked pork ribs, deliciously easy shrimp and chicken wings.   A selection of ice cold craft beer from local breweries and crisp wines will also be showcased.  Join in the fun at the Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Petersburg @ 400 Beach Drive  Suite 173 St Petersburg, FL 33701  (727-290-9893) from 4-6 PM Sunday September 11th, 2022. The shop is located three storefronts west of Beach Drive on 4th Avenue North.