Tickle your taste buds

Luncheon with Instruction on Aug. 14 at PLAC

Get your taste buds ready to travel.

The Pearson Lakes Art Center’s monthly installment of Luncheon with Instruction is set to take place on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at noon and at 6:30 p.m., and will take participants on a culinary experience to Vietnam.

Chef Susanne Bicknese is the teacher for this monthly event and she can’t wait to take students on a trip to this wonderful Asian country.

“The Luncheon with Instruction classes are actually a culinary and a social event. We will be teaching people about new recipes, new ingredients and new culinary experiences,” Bicknese said. “Our world is shrinking as far as culture and culinary is concerned so people want to experience many different types of food and this is a chance for people to learn about them without making a huge investment in foods or equipment. They get to experience the food to find out if they are going to like it.”

The choice to do a class on Vietnamese cooking actually came straight from her students, according to Bicknese.

“I do my class schedule an entire year at a time and I look at food culture and the popularity of various restaurants, the availability of product and then I also ask my classes what they would like to learn and a lot of the class topics come from their feedback,” Bicknese said.

This upcoming class will feature a number of lovely Vietnamese dishes. They will be making the classic noodle soup beef pho.

They will also be doing shrimp spring rolls, pork with rice noodles, steamed buns with chicken and a Vietnamese cucumber salad.

The lunch session for the class at 12:30 p.m. can have about 20 students and Bicknese says she can do about 25 people for dinner.

The cost for attending the classes is $30 for members of the art center and $35 for nonmembers, which includes a complimentary glass of wine, their class time, the recipes and they also get to taste all of the food.

The September Luncheon with Instruction class is set to be a little bit different from their normal class routine.

“We have a very historic date in our country — 9/11. The date for our next class falls on that same day so rather than doing a typical class we are going to do a low country seafood boil at the gazebo at the art center. It’s open to the public and it will be more of an experience than a class,” Bicknese said.

“We would love to see a huge crowd and we will be bringing crawfish from Louisiana so it’s going to be a true low country seafood boil.”

Food to tickle your taste buds and the company of interesting people — sounds like a recipe for a wonderful experience.