Culinary Experience for a Cause at St. Joseph's Center
Once in a while, an opportunity to do good, eat well and give back presents itself. This weekend, multitasking karma-seekers can participate in St. Joseph's Center's Culinary Experience for a Cause cooking classes, where they'll learn how to make French pastries from Gourmandise Desserts owner Clemence Gossett.
The funds raised by the classes go directly to the 100% donor-supported St. Joseph's Culinary Training Program, a nonprofit family services organization in Venice. The training program is dedicated to giving low-income, unemployed individuals a chance to make a career in the culinary world.
Pastry chef Gossett will be guiding guests through hands-on training to prep their pancreas for the holiday seeaon. Students will create desserts such as petits fours, mascarpone tortes and both almond-vanilla bean and chocolate-pistachio financiers — little cakes named for the Parisian bankers who historically favored them.
Thankfully, you don't have to be as monetarily situated as a Parisian banker, as the class costs a modest $85 per person or $150 per couple. The sweetest part? You can hand off 50% of the bill to your accountant. The fundraising classes are tax-deductible.
-- Krista Simmons
Photo: Strawberry tart made by Clemence Gossett. Credit: Courtesy of Gourmandise Desserts.