(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) — NEWS: Cottage Cooking, known for their dinner-party style cooking classes, has recently expanded into offering daytime baking classes. Founders, John Godts and Liisa Andreassen, recently attended some baking classes at the King Arthur Flour Baking School in Norwich, Vermont, and are excited to share what they learned.
“To date, we’ve given three baking classes and they’ve all been great fun,” Andreassen says. “We typically bake buttermilk biscuits, candied ginger scones and a hearty, sandwich-style white bread.”
Classes last about four hours and are $75 per person. So far, they’ve been very well received.
Godts, who enjoys baking bread and sharing tips, takes the intimidation out of baking for his guests. He says it’s a great “stress reliever.”
“There’s nothing like coming home from a long day and kneading some bread,” he says. “It’s a great way to unwind.”
Guests receive detailed recipes, hand-on baking training and a tips sheet with do’s and don’ts to help elevate their baking skills. They also learn about compound butters and easy-to-make jams.
If the weather is nice, guests can enjoy freshly-brewed tea, to accompany their baked goods, while sitting on the back deck under the shade of their hosts’ umbrella or cozy up in the firepit on chillier days.
“We’re also doing brunch classes where we incorporate some of these baked goodies too,” Andreassen says. “Brunch typically includes potato latkes, an egg frittata and scones.”
While the couple’s dinner-party style classes continue to be at the core of their business model, they’re quickly getting known for these new offerings too.
About Cottage Cooking Asheville
Founded in March 2015, Cottage Cooking was started to fund the couple’s appetite for travel. John is a physical therapist by day and his wife, Liisa, is a freelance writer. Since they started their cooking class business, they’ve been to 11 countries and 18 states. They enjoy taking cooking classes when they travel and share what they learned with their guests. They also pick up aprons from different cities and guests enjoy trying them on for size. Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and given in the couple’s renovated 1950’s style ranch home in North Asheville, about two miles from downtown.
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