Cool Treats: Ice Cream & Sorbets
Food & Drink
When you close your eyes, what picture do you see when we say the word "summer?" A sailboat drifting over a calm sea? Running in and out of the sprinkler in your back yard as a child? A picnic at the edge of a park?
We see a hot day walking with an ice cream cone dripping delightedly down our wrists.
That's why we're especially sweet on this Dabble class that's bringing the essence of the season full swing by teaching us how to make creamy, refreshing bowls of ice cream and sorbet. First, we'll do some learnin'. Specifically, we'll learn about the two kinds of ice cream-- Custard (or French custard-style ice cream) and Philadelphia (also called "New York" or "American" ice cream)-- and the myriad of mix-ins and flavors you can add to take your cream from great to out-of-this-world.
Then, we'll roll up our sleeves and get our hands chilly by learning how to make our own! Instruction will cover preparation, churning, cooking, storing and serving for both delectable homemade ice cream and fruity sorbet.
And what's a class about ice cream without a little taste of the good stuff? We'll sample a host of flavors, and enjoy a hand-crafted ice cream sandwich with flavors, mix-ins and toppings of our own device. Leave with a full (and happy) belly, and a greater appreciation of the simple complexities of everyone's favorite summer night treat.
Joelen Tan is a private caterer and former restaurant chef behind the 'What's Cookin, Chicago?' website. Joelen has been heralded by both local and national media news sources and has worked with celebrity chefs including Chicago's own Rick Bayless. Since 2007, she has been teaching culinary classes and hosting informal culinary events in the Chicagoland area and has developed recipes for Sara Lee and Pepperidge Farms, and worked with major food brands including Campbell's, Frito Lay and Starbucks.
Marc Montagna is an accomplished executive chef who has been recognized in both local and national magazines, Zagat and WGN news. He has a long standing career of over 14 years in the restaurant industry and continues to share his knowledge in and out of the kitchen. Together, Joelen and Marc are excited to teach Dabblers how to stay cool with these sweet treats.