Our Market Forays Cooking Class exceeded all expectations we had when we made our reservation. The class consisted of five of us, my wife, our daughter, her husband, our adult son and myself. The day started at the Santa Barbara Harbor where we were met by Chef Julia, Laurence Hauben's daughter. She greeted us with a warm smile and a basket of freshly baked and very yummy French Butter Cakes, (Madeleines), She then proceeded to introduce us to some of the local fishermen and acquired the seafood we would be preparing that evening. She educated us on the sustainability practices the local fishermen are using. We then went to the Saturday Farmers' Market to obtain the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for the evening meal. As we walked through the market, Julia introduced us to a number of fruits and vegetables we have never seen before and creative ways to prepare them. Our last stop was to a local cheese shop where we sampled many types of cheeses in order to decide which ones to enjoy with our evening meal. We then had the afternoon open to see some of the sights of Santa Barbara. At 4:30 PM we arrived at the Haubens lovely country french style home for what turned out to be a fun filled evening of hands on cooking accompanied by some very helpful and practical cooking techniques. We had dinner on a beautifully set dining table decorated with fresh flowers. I can't say enough great things about Julia. She was so friendly, warm, informative and knew so much about the culinary world. It was truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Because the Haubens request from their students, what types of food they would like to prepare, each cooking class can be different, so we plan to do this again when we next visit Santa Barbara.
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