Culinary, Wine and Spirits

June

Wednesday June 15  3:00-6:00

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Appetizers and Charcuterie Boards (Live Demo)
**CLASS FULL, backed by popular demand, a second date has been added on 6/27 (see below)**

The word "charcuterie" is derived from the French words for flesh (chair/char) and cooked (cuit).  During this demonstration, you will learn how to build a gourmet and visually stunning charcuterie board, featuring a bounty of fresh, quality ingredients, and a variety of textures and flavor profiles.  Susan will demonstrate how to make four different seasonal appetizers.  The appetizers are easy to make and will impress your friends and family this summer!  Afterwards, we will all socialize and enjoy this creation with wine!

Location:  Private Residence                           Limit:  15

Presenter:  Susan Hansen has spent over 30 years creating and cooking all sorts of culinary delights in her kitchen and in various public eateries.  She enjoys teaching others and bringing out each participant's "inner chef!"  Susan is a frequent and very popular presenter for Clemson OLLI.

Friday June 17  4:00-6:00

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The Art of Mixology:  Infusing Alcohol with Herbs, Spices and Teas

Amp up your liquor cabinet by adding herbs, fruits, and spices to your favorite spirits. But not so fast.... when pairing spirits with other ingredients, some matches are tried and true and others not so much.  think outside of the jar by learning techniques to invent fresh and tasty new libations with ingredients in the garden and in your pantry.  Join us in learning how to craft these unique cocktails and of course partake in them as well!  Partake in your creations in a social time after presentation with light fare.

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall        Limit:  25

Instructor:  Carlton Chamblin is a native of Birmingham, AL, with backgrounds in art history and product marketing.  He has taken his love of bartending and hospitality to new heights with Farm2Cocktail, a cocktail mixer and mobile bartending company.  he is dedicated to developing mixology-made-easy products using all natural ingredients.

Monday June 27  3:00-6:00 *NEW 2nd date as first one sold out*

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Appetizers and Charcuterie Boards (Live Demo)

The word "charcuterie" is derived from the French words for flesh (chair/char) and cooked (cuit).  During this demonstration, you will learn how to build a gourmet and visually stunning charcuterie board, featuring a bounty of fresh, quality ingredients, and a variety of textures and flavor profiles.  Susan will demonstrate how to make four different seasonal appetizers.  The appetizers are easy to make and will impress your friends and family this summer!  Afterwards, we will all socialize and enjoy this creation with wine!

Location:  Private Residence                           Limit:  15

Presenter:  Susan Hansen has spent over 30 years creating and cooking all sorts of culinary delights in her kitchen and in various public eateries.  She enjoys teaching others and bringing out each participant's "inner chef!"  Susan is a frequent and very popular presenter for Clemson OLLI.

July

Thursday July 14  3:00-5:00

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"Eating Clean But Drinking Dirty?"

Many of the world's wines can contain up to 300 questionable chemicals and additives that don't have to be labeled. Come to taste some delicious wine from all over the world and learn about the healthiest farming practices, as well as how to avoid some of the worst ingredients, including loads of added sugar!  Enjoy light appetizers and good company!

Location:  The Porch at the Peggy Crosby Center

348 S 5th Street, lower level

Presenter:  Marylou Harris is a certified nutritional and holistic health coach who proudly lives full-time in Highlands.  She is a passionate educator who loves helping people enjoy a healthier and more vibrant life with simple swaps to less-toxic ingredients.

Wednesday July 20  1:00-4:00

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The Art of Making Fruit Jam

Fresh fruit jam is so simple anyone can make it with a little preparation.  Participants will learn the time-honored tools and tricks to turn fruit and sugar into a delicious jam.  We will discuss fruit preservation, safety, and shelf-life.  Classes are hands-on and designed for beginners.  Each participant will leave with a jar of handmade jam, recipes and tips to make your own jam at home.

Location:  Private Residence                                  Limit:  15

Presenter:  Susan Hansen has spent over 30 years creating and cooking all sorts of culinary delights in her kitchen and in various public eateries.  She enjoys teaching others and bringing out each participant's "inner chef!"  Susan is a frequent and very popular presenter for Clemson OLLI.

August

Tuesday July 26  5:00-7:00

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Gumbo Comme A Ma Maison (Gumbo Like at My House)

This class serves up an interactive gumbo cooking demonstration (and tasting!).  Chef Mark Ellis will guide you through a classic Cajun gumbo.  you will learn how to create your own custom Cajun Spice Blend.  Discover the Holy Trinity of Cajun/Creole cooking:  onion, celery, and green pepper, as you embark on the official state dish. perfect a Louisiana roux for your smoky chicken and smoked sausage gumbo.  In one pto, it represents everything to love about Louisiana cooking.  There will also be a discussion and tasting of perfectly paired wines that complement the zesty and savory flavors of this New Orleans classic dish.

Location:  Private Residence                     Limit 15

Presenter:  New Mountain Events is a Private Chef and Catering Company with clients throughout the South.  Chef Mark and his partner, Sean, have been delighting Highlanders and visitors to the plateau for over 15 years including governors and celebrities.

Monday August 1   10:00-12:00

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The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All

Some Southern cooks keep their prized family recipes under lock and key, but not Mary Martha Greene.  Why?  She says few things can truly be kept secret in the South and recipes, like cheese biscuits, are meant to be shared.  That's why she's the "Cheese Biscuit Queen".  So many stories could be written about Greene's Aunt Mimi's cheese biscuits-the countries they visited, and the lies, half-truths, cheating, and conniving of small children (not to mention grown adults) to get them.  for Greene, who inherited the title of Cheese Biscuit Queen-and the recipe-from her aunt, making the biscuits and continuing to share Aunt Mimi's recipe keeps her love and legacy alive.  Join us for a discussion of Mary Martha's new book which will introduce you to new ideas for the consummate entertainer, helpful tips for less experienced cooks, and stories to make even the grumpiest legislator laugh.  A discussion with Mary Martha will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments whil you enjoy the opportunity to taste samples of her famous biscuits.

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall

Presenter:  Mary Martha Greene is a South Carolina native and government relations consultant who perfected her entertaining skills for making friends and engaging clients during her forty-year career.  now as a volunteer, she teaches cooking skills to at-risk and homeless youth.

Bourbon Basics

Wednesday August 3  4:00-6:00

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Learn to taste bourbon like an expert.  Join Louisville-based bourbon authority Susan Reigler for a Bourbon Basics tasting.  She will introduce you to what sets bourbon apart from the other world whiskeys and to three distinct bourbon styles - traditional, wheated, and bottled-in-bond.  you'll also learn about the fascinating history of each brand tasted.  Enjoy light appetizers.

Location:  Private Residence

Presenter:  From 1992 to 2005, Reigler was restaurant critic and beverage columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal.  Currently she is a contributing writer to Bourbon+, American Whiskey Magazine (four which she writes whiskey tasting notes and ratings), LEO Weekly, and is bourbon columnist for Food & Dining and Covey Rise magazines.  Reigler is past president of the Bourbon Women Association, has hosted tastings and has been featured in whiskey festivals throughout the United States.  From 2020 to 2021 she served as president of the Kentucky chapter of les Dames d'Escoffier International, an organization of women culinary professionals.  She is a Certified Executive Bourbon Steward, Indiana and Oxford Universities. 

Thursday August 18  4:00-6:00

The Art of Mixology:  Making the Classics with a Spin!

Modern classic cocktails are often derived from popular classic cocktails, but they have interesting twists in ingredients that make them a new cocktail altogether.  Once a cocktail has made it onto multiple bar menus as a new, named cocktail, it can be considered a modern classic.  however, it's always fun to take even modern classics and change them so they are fresh and have a chance to become new and exciting cocktails.

Accompanied by light fare and great company

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall       

Instructor:  Carlton Chamblin is a native of Birmingham, AL, with backgrounds in art history and product marketing.  He has taken his love of bartending and hospitality to new heights with Farm2Cocktail, a cocktail mixer and mobile bartending company.  He is dedicated to developing mixology-made-easy products using all natural ingredients that make 

Wednesday August 24  12:00-2:00

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Instant Pot 101:  Conquer Your Fear of Pressure Cookers

Learn to make the most of this time saving small appliance. the class will include an explanation of how it works, what to cook in it, and recipes to take home.  There will be an overview of the Instant Pot's controls and features such as sauté, slow cook and pressure cook, cooking times, and pressure release options.  Learn how to make Spicy Asian Pork, no-stir ground grits, broths, and dried beans in fraction of the time they would normally take using conventional cooking.

Location:  Private Residence

Presenter:  Joyce Fleming is a retired attorney with a life-long interest in all things epicurean.  She is delighted to share her knowledge with others.  

Tuesday August 30    3:00-5:00

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Unusual Wines, A Two-Part Series
Part 1: Whites

It's likely that most of us started our love for wine by wanting to experience something new, something unexpected, and something a little outside of our comfort zones.  But how many of us can say that's still true?  Maybe we've gotten into a rut.  Maybe we've fallen into a routine of same-old, same-old.  Maybe we've come to know what we like, and are perfectly happy hanging out there, thank you very much.  This program is for wine lovers who want to experience wine with fresh eyes.  It's for wine enthusiasts who believe that wine is a never-ending journey, and that the wine world is endlessly abundant and generous.  On the first day of this tow part program, we'll explore and experiment with unusual white wines and on the second day, we'll shift our attention to red wines.  There's a lot of room in between those two categories, so expect the unexpected too!

Location:  Private Residence                              Limit:  35

Presenter:  Cathy Huyghe is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, and an engaging public speaker.  She is a columnist for Forbes about the business and politics of the wine industry.  As a two-time graduate of Harvard University, Huyghe established special interest group in 2009 called Harvard Alumni in Wine and Food.

Wednesday August 31  3:00-5:00

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Unusual Wines, A Two-Part Series
Part 2: Reds

It's likely that most of us started our love for wine by wanting to experience something new, something unexpected, and something a little outside of our comfort zones.  But how many of us can say that's still true?  Maybe we've gotten into a rut.  Maybe we've fallen into a routine of same-old, same-old.  Maybe we've come to know what we like, and are perfectly happy hanging out there, thank you very much.  This program is for wine lovers who want to experience wine with fresh eyes.  It's for wine enthusiasts who believe that wine is a never-ending journey, and that the wine world is endlessly abundant and generous.  On the first day of this tow part program, we'll explore and experiment with unusual white wines and on the second day, we'll shift our attention to red wines.  There's a lot of room in between those two categories, so expect the unexpected too!

Location:  Private Residence                               Limit:  35

Presenter:  Cathy Huyghe is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, and an engaging public speaker.  She is a columnist for Forbes about the business and politics of the wine industry.  As a two-time graduate of Harvard University, Huyghe established special interest group in 2009 called Harvard Alumni in Wine and Food.

September

Wednesday September 21  11:30-2:00

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...On The Verandah:  Favorites Through The Years

...On The Verandah has been a favorite destination dining spot in Highlands for many years.  Chef Andrew Figel will bring together a display of favorites for you to enjoy.  Accompanied with wine and good company.

Presenter:  Chef Andrew Figel is proprietor and chef of "...On the Verandah", originally owned and operated by Andrew's parents, dating back to 1981.  Andrew travels the world for unique flavors and recipes.

October

Wednesday October 26  4:00-6:00

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The Art of Mixology:  Making the Classics with a Spin!

Batching cocktails--making them by the pitcher, or the bottle--means that when you're hosting, you don't have to also be filling shakers and knocking over the bitters, rattling ice and accidentally squirting yourself in the eye with lemon juice.  Just pour and join you guests.  Plus, other serving tips to make you look like a pro.

Accompanied by light fare and great company

Location:  CLE Lecture Hall       

Instructor:  Carlton Chamblin is a native of Birmingham, AL, with backgrounds in art history and product marketing.  He has taken his love of bartending and hospitality to new heights with Farm2Cocktail, a cocktail mixer and mobile bartending company.  He is dedicated to developing mixology-made-easy products using all natural ingredients that make 

Thursday October 20  5:00-7:00

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Private Bear Shadow Viewing Social Event

Don't fight the crowds at the overlook this year, this is your chance to view the Bear Shadow like never before, from the deck of a private residence offering a spectacular panorama of Whiteside Mountain and the Shadow of the Bear.  Hors d'oeuvres, wine and good company will make THE BEST bear shadow experience.  Wow your visiting friends and family with an autumn event in Highlands that they won't forget.  this event sells out every year, reserve your space now.

Location:  Private Residence (plan to carpool as parking is limited).