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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014

Human Interest My wife and I took a unique cruise to several ports, some of which we had already visited, but several others we had not. What made this particular cruise so unique was it was a bon appetite cruise on a new ship with 25 cooking stations in a large kitchen for men and women to engage in cooking classes of all types. The classes were charged to the traveler separate and apart from the cost of the cruise, they were taught by a recognized chef, and the entire cooking experience had been planned by the famous French chef, Jacque Pepin. Each day at about 3:00 or 4:00 p.m., 25 aspiring cooks, after making reservations, met with the experienced chef with each person having their individual cooking station. Each station included not only a chopping board but a range or oven to cook mostly regional dishes. Each class had a booklet that described in detail the particular regional cuisine and the recipe for each dish. Some of the unusual cuisines revolved around Carribean Island fish, fruits and flavors; Latin American dishes, including the famous grilling techniques of Argentina; a passion for pasta; one involving Thai inspired fusion recipes; one centered on lemon in all dining courses; there was a French class; a pizza class; a Greek Robert R. Kracke cooking class; a Mexican Fiesta; brunch recipes for friends and family; one class devoted entirely to paellas and tapas from Spain; one focused on crepes and one on the unusual foods of Morocco. My wife signed up for seven of the classes and enjoyed each of them except for one. The ship began to rock and roll during one of her classes and coupled with the odor of the food, she had to return to the stateroom to avoid making an unpleasant mess in the cooking school kitchen. Each class consisted of men and women who obviously enjoy cooking at home and pursuing new adventures in foreign dishes. The particular ship on which this cruise was conducted was one commissioned in the summer of 2012. This new concept of cooking classes at sea has been initiated by Oceania Cruises (this article is not being underwritten by Oceania). It is being presented to you as a unique vacation for those interested in culinary delights of a different kind. At the conclusion of each class, each person tasted their dish along with complimentary drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Each class cost $69.00 in addition to the cost of the cruise. On one occasion my wife returned and said she would skip the cocktail hour. She had obviously already had her “hour.” G Bon appetite and bon voyage. Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2014 27


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014
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