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We were with a group of 40 people. We were divided up into 6 groups and made six dishes to later... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
ThePlasticDoc
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
A Great Time with Great Food

My wife and I attended a demonstration of some of the appetizers that are part of the Tom Douglas... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Michael98133
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We had a fun evening at Hot Stove. We attend a "demo" of BBW cooking and a most entertaining meal.

Hot Stove is located in the mezzanine of the Hotel Andra. The facility includes a large teaching kitchen with tables for about 30 students flanking the cooking area. Large video monitors showed the "Food Channel" overhead view of the workspace.

Our class was taught by Bradley Layfield and Chris Schwarz assisted by two sous chefs. Using prepared trays of ingredients, they prepared a rub, four BBQ sauces, BBQ Pork Ribs, BBQ Pork Shoulder, baked beans, cole slaw, Brunswick Stew (delightful!), and caramel cake. As they cooked, an assistant delivered tastes (or a portion) of each concoction to each student.

It was delicious. But more than that, it was a lot of fun. At the heart of it, these folks just like each other and enjoy making great food together. It made for a great evening.

Thank DaveE4311
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

My son and I took the dumpling-making class. It was a late morning start time, and we were pleasantly surprised by the nice light breakfast choices and coffee that were prepped and ready for us to enjoy before class. It was my first time for a class here. I felt this particular class was a good balance of demo and hands-on practice. The class equipment and ingredients were well prepped/organized and the physical set-up of the work areas worked nicely. The instructor and helpers were knowledgeable and supportive, and made the hands-on portion of the class fun and non-intimidating. (I also enjoyed the soy sauce tasting that was available during the class time.)

Thank Patsy S
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Great fun hearing stories from Chef Hayden while enjoying is cooking demonstrations of traditional paella and other wonderful Spanish influenced dishes.

Castelvetrano Olives, Marcona Almonds and Manchego Cheese

Pan a la Catalana

Layered Cara Cara Orange, Meyers Lemon and Castelvetrano Olive Salad

Paella Valenciana amb Mariscos

Thank kikirob
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Husband and I signed up for a Hot Stove Society cooking class, part of the series organized by Seattle top chef Tom Douglas's team at the Hotel Andra. What fun! We arrived early and had time for a little refreshment in the hotel lobby pub before joining the 25+ other students upstairs in the class kitchen. Groups of six stood or sat around large butcher-block surfaces prepped with ingredients, menus, stemware for in-meal sipping, and silverware. This meal included a combo of hands-on cooking and watching the pros working in the kitchen, which we all could easily see on overhead screens. Lots of back-and-forth and wine tips. No question was ignored, no skill level too low or high to go unchallenged. We ate each course as it was ready and took home leftovers (shouldn't have had the pre-class pub tapas, after all).

Hot Stove offers a wide variety, including observation-only and hands-on classes on many topics; Chef Tom's appearances are rare, as his stable of other fabulous chefs often honcho the kitchen for these classes. For ours, the delightful CEO of the Tom Douglas operation hosted, with her wine-store-owner husband, so we go a nice two-fer: food and wine pairing tips. The Hot Stove website tells it all. We looked for one that was at least somewhat hands-on.

It will be fun to organize a group of six friends to do another of the classes and consider staying that evening at the Hotel Andra; we hear it affords a discount for class participants. Hotel is well situated in Seattle, a lovely launch-pad for a Saturday morning of museum visits and exploring on foot before asking the valet to bring the car up.

Thank Lisa D
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

I had been looking forward to attending a cooking class at Hot Stove Society since it opened. It was definitely fun as a mother-daughter outing. I loved learning new techniques and trying them out in the hands-on portion. Instructor and staff were personable. The space in the Andra Hotel feels luxurious. I feel my goals for the class were met.
But compared to other cooking classes I've taken, it wasn't the best environment to learn in. It was difficult to hear, and impossible to hear some student's questions. Instructor had a glitch with equipment she did not know how to make work. Several ingredients were not available on each table, and it turned into a treasure hunt to find, then wait for them. The pace felt a bit rushed in the hands-on portion.
Suggestions for improvement:
Sound is muddy, improve the sound system. (The sound system is needed even though you're not far from the instructor due to banging from the prep cooks in the adjacent open space and the noisy ventilation system.) Summarize student questions before answering. Can the ventilation system be turned off during classes?
Put all ingredients on each table. No reason not to!
Thoroughly orient students to the classroom and all amenities available.
Turn on the overhead TV screens when the class begins, not 5 minutes late.
Instructors - test out equipment and make sure all is working for you.
Overall, give a sense of high value for the very high price tag on these cooking classes!

Thank FayMac
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