Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault, aka “the Deans”, started this class off with a standard, their “Roper House Old-Fas
They suggest preparing a signature cocktail or punch for a party, handing guests a drink when they arrive.
Suzanne offers brown butter brownies as class is dismissed. For your guests, a tiny bit of chocolate on the way out of your party is like a kiss goodbye, she says.
Roper House Old Fashioneds Champagne Punch* Cheese Coins Endive with Boursin Cheese* Haricots Verts with Hummus Pickled Shrimp Pickled Turnips* Toasted Mushroom Rolls* Steak Bites Brown Butter Brownies*
Once the instruction ends, a party begins. Over the course of the academy’s first year, these have run the gamut from a one-pot dinner to an oyster roast to a brunch.
Students receive a booklet with the deans’ theories and recipes pertinent to the class.
Suzanne demos her steak bites appetizer to the class. Roast tenderloin, she tells them, is practically a love letter to your guests.
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