Thanks to my father's superstition that you should never give a knife as a gift because it will sever the friendship, I won't be giving any cutlery this season, and I hope I won't be receiving any either. But surely it wouldn't jeopardize the relationship to exchange knife skills.
Chef Jimmy Phillips, owner of Miel restaurant, is offering a cooking class from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 22. The $125 course will explore basic knife skills, sauces and butchering, as well as roasting, braising, sautéing, grilling and water immersion. At the end of the class, participants will enjoy the fruits of their labor with a guest.
Of course, Phillips won't provide you with a knife either--maybe he has the same superstition my dad had. So bring your own pairing knife and chef's knife. Participants must be 18 or older, and the class is limited to five students. Call 298-3663 for reservations.