Sunday, May 25, 2008

Stir: Cookbooks & Classes

The weather was just perfect today: clear, sunny and with a light breeze blowing through. We took a drive into Boston, to the South End on a foodie trek. We hit a few new places, as well as a couple favorites.

One of our stops was Stir, a demonstration kitchen and cookbook library owned by the famed Barbara Lynch. It is located near Plum, the Butcher Shop and B&G Oysters. It is a small place, with a wall of cookbooks on the left wall and the rest of the place is the kitchen.

They have quite a large collection of food and wine books, some which can be found in any bookstore as well as more specialty items that are much harder to find. I enjoyed perusing the titles and eventually selected a book on biodynamic wines by Nicholas Joly. I definitely will return in the near future to purchase some other books there.

The kitchen generally seats ten people. On Monday nights, they have a dinner that features wine, spirits or beer. On Tuesday nights, they have classes on various cuisines. The average cost of a class is about $125. They had their spring calendar available and mentioned that everything was basically sold out currently. So this is obviously very popular. The list of classes certainly covers many different cuisines and topics from Sustainable Seafood to Umami, from The Whole Pig to the Flavors of Provence. I will have to keep my eye open for their summer class schedule.

You can also arrange for a private event here, including private dinner parties, cooking classes, wine tastings and corporate events.

102 Waltham Street
Boston, MA
Phone: 617-423-STIR

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