Holiday Tamale

Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nena Gonzalez, Tamale Expert & CM Cooking School Staff

Nena Gonzalez has been making tamales all her life, just ask her son Juan (he’s one of our very own instructors). We’ve convinced her to share her expertise and recipes so you, too, can learn to make these succulent holiday treats:

  • Green Chile Tamale with Creamy Green Tomatillo Sauce;
  • Spicy Pork Tamale with Salsa Roja;
  • Bean Tamale with Crema; and
  • Sweet Surprise Tamale


Ultimate Cookies with Julia Usher

Tuesday, December 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Julia Usher, Cookbook Author; Cookie Decorator, Extraordinaire

Delve into the world of cookie magic, where you can make edible works of art. Julia Usher, a master in the art of cookie decoration, will teach you 12 techniques including:top coating; outlining; flooding (aka running in sugar); dipping; beadwork; marbling; sanding; stenciling; rubber stamping; dusting; painting and appliqué work. You’ll practice on a dozen pre-baked cookies cut into holiday shapes and will take your masterpieces with you.

$70, includes one copy of Ultimate Cookies.


Wine Workshop: Bubbles and Reds for the Holidays

Monday, December 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Central Market Wine Experts

Join our resident expert on a tour of the most popular varieties of grapes that provide us with some of the world’s most sought after wines.  The selections will be from regions throughout the world that are highly respected for producing trademark wines.  In addition to tasting the featured wines, you will also learn about  what to look for when tasting wine, how the grapes are grown, techniques utilized in the winery and much more. You’ll sample:

  • Domaine Laroque Cabernet Franc
  • Baron Fuente Champagne
  • Matthew Fritz Pinot Noir
  • Riondo Punto Rosso Prosecco
  • Hans Pfeiffer Riesling Qba
  • Chateau L’Ermitage Rouge


Kids in the Kitchen: Cupcakes

Thursday, December 27 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Central Market Cooking School Staff

Enjoy some time together in our kitchen as you and your child  make these little cakes that are the perfect treat. Learn to measure, mix, bake and frost:

  • Root Beer Float Cupcakes;
  • Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing;
  • Vanilla Surprise Cupcakes; and
  • Rocky Road Cupcakes.


Couples Cook: New Years Eve Special

Monday, December 31 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Central Market Cooking School Staff

Kick off the new year in style.  Working together, you’ll pick up tips and practice the techniques needed to create this special dinner:

  • Kir Royales;
  • Iceberg Wedge with Green Goddess Dressing;
  • Filet Mignons with Wild Mushroom Sauce;
  • Grilled Lobster Tails with Herb Butter;
  • Potato Gratin Dauphinois;
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon; and
  • Bananas Foster

To attend a class or for further information, contact Jessica Mason at or Jessica Ledford at


Information provided by Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations

The Urban Swank Girls

November 18, 2012


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