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Chef Virginia Willis, the acclaimed author of “Bon Appetit Y’all,” the International Association of Culinary Professional’s (IACP) cookbook finalist for 2009, will teach two cooking classes at the Schnucks Cooks Cooking School in Des Peres, Mo., on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Willis’ first hands-on class will demonstrate a complete southern menu of crispy fried asparagus, Coca-Cola glazed-chicken wings, deviled eggs, and exotic mushroom-and-herb tart.
The second class is designed to offer a more intimate look into Willis’ cooking style. With some food prepared ahead, there will be more time to speak with the chef. Willis will share her own experiences growing up among great cooks and of her quest to become the master chef she is today.
There will also be hands-on opportunities to cook such menu items as warm pecan-crusted goat cheese toasts with mixed baby greens, roasted beet salad with walnut oil, mustard-crusted pork loin with herb, pan-sauce buttermilk cornbread, horseradish mashed potatoes, and Meme’s blackberry cobbler.
Those interested in signing up for one of Willis’ classes can register online at www.schnuckscooks.com or call the Schnucks Cooks Cooking School directly at 314-909-1704. Class sizes are limited. Willis’ book will be available at Schnucks for $32.50.
Saint Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.