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Kicking off its 10th year, the Contemporary Cooking Series at Wegmans in Hunt Valley will showcase a variety of locals as well as the shop’s own executive chefs, to teach how to cook with panache.

Guests include Amy von Lange, chef and co-owner of the new Schola cooking school, Baltimore’s favorite hon, Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon in Hampden, and Enrique Limardo, Venezuelan native and executive chef at Alma Cocina Latina in Canton.

At $20 per class (including the demonstration and tastings of four recipes as well as a gift bag), the sessions run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, from January to May.

Reservations are required. Call 410-773-3900 or stop by the Hunt Valley customer service desk for tickets. Wegmans Hunt Valley is located at 122 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This is the place to sharpen your culinary skills and meet some of Baltimore’s most talented chefs.

Schedule:

 Braising: How to Ward Off the Chill

Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nothing warms the heart and soul quite like braising, winter’s most appealing and versatile cooking technique. Wegmans Hunt Valley chef Colin Radka will show you how to cook low and slow, whether in the oven, on top of the stove or in a slow cooker, and turn inexpensive cuts of meat into luscious meals for family and friends.

 Valentine’s Day Lovefest

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Love is in the air! Whether you’re cooking a Valentine’s Day feast for your sweetheart or for everyone you know and love, chef Amy von Lange of the new Schola cooking school in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon shows how to make it easy and delicious. She’ll share her secret spin on classics like oysters Rockefeller, coffee-rubbed tenderloin, and chocolate lava cake.

Celebrate Spring at Your Table

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Looking for a reminder that spring really is around the corner? Or maybe a new twist on Easter dinner? How about mousse-stuffed poached salmon, dilly potato salad, berry crunch pie and more, with none other than Chef Denise Whiting, owner of the venerable Café Hon in Hampden, as your guide. It’ll be a class to put spring in your step, for sure.

 Sauces: Simple to Spectacular

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ready to kick your kitchen confidence up to the next level? Wegmans Hunt Valley chef David Carpin will show you how to unlock the power of the traditional French “Mother” sauces from which all others are made. Hollandaise, béchamel, velouté — talk about keys to creativity in the kitchen! You’ll be saucing like a pro in no time.

A Taste of Venezuela

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Influenced by the Andes Mountains in the northwest and a long Caribbean coast, the cuisine of Venezuela is unique and delicious. Tonight Executive Chef Enrique Limardo from Irena Stein’s newest restaurant, Alma Cocina Latina in Canton, will present a crash course in the fascinating ingredients and dishes of his native land.

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