|duck and mango quesadilla|
Chef and owner Tony Corke is definitely a character and his personality shines through when you sign up for one of his ‘cooking demos’ held on the last Monday of each month at his Tustin location and the last Tuesday of the month in Laguna Niguel.
I spent an evening recently at one of these cooking demo/dinners enjoying Chef Corke’s humor and watching his passion come to life when he demonstrated how to make his 3-course dinner of tomato basil soup, duck and mango quesadilla and chocolate almond torte. With every dish, Chef Corke will bring his concoctions around to show everyone and upon completion, the dishes are magically brought out from the kitchen by his staff for everyone to enjoy.
|chocolate almond torte|
The next demo is on October 25 (Tustin) and October 26 (Laguna Niguel), on the menu will be crab and asparagus salad, salmon en croute and panna cotta.
November’s demo schedule is slightly different due to Thanksgiving and will therefore be held on Nov 15 (Tustin) and Nov 16 (Laguna Niguel) and the menu will include cream of corn soup, beef prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, black berry and apple compote.
Dinner is $44 per person (which already includes tax and gratuity) and diners can enjoy a 3-course meal, 2 glasses of wine and coffee. Demos begin promptly at 7pm and guests are given copies of the recipes of each dish presented and simple directions on how to make the dish. Chef Corke will also do a step by step to show you how easy it is to prepare these dishes.
*** Photography by Mahesh ***
Chaparosa Grill at the District in Tustin, tel: 714-259-9888 or at 27221 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Tel: 949-916-3815