The goal of a typical cooking show, the kind you might watch on Food Network, is to create a sense of intimacy through the broadcast. If done well, it feels as though the host is talking directly to you, walking you through a recipe the way your grandmother might have done when you were a child.
Of course, that intimacy is all a facade, a play for the cameras. But what if the hosts were actually talking directly to you and not just pretending?
A group of local chefs from Table 301 are answering that question through a new offering of online food service and cooking lessons, which combine the trendy meal kit concept of companies like Blue Apron with the educational and entertainment value of a cooking show.
“Think of it as a local version of a meal kit service, but with your favorite dishes from your favorite chefs livestreaming how to prepare them,” the group said in a statement.
Each class has participants preparing a full meal designed to serve four people, including an entree and side dishes, with optional wine pairings, hors d’oeuvres and desserts also available.
Those wishing to take part will simply order their meal for that week’s class through ShopTable301.com or over the phone. A box of ingredients is available for pickup the next day or on Wednesday, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, participants will log in to cook along with the chef live. Those taking part in the class are encouraged to ask questions and participate via chat. Anyone who misses the broadcast can watch the video of the class on their own time.
Recipes include Savannah’s country captain, exotic chicken and mushroom spaghetti, potato crusted grouper, grilled salmon with asparagus and summer vegetable farro, seared trout and paella cubana, with additional options such as charcuterie boards, seasonal salads, rum cake and raspberry peach cobbler.
Chefs participating in the classes include Shaun Garcia of Soby’s, Beau Owens of The Lazy Goat, Drew Erickson of Table 301, Greg Teal of Avenue, Jen Rogers of Passerelle Bistro and Rodney Freidank of Table 301.
Classes currently scheduled run from now through mid-September and start at $60 each, which serves four people.