I have to promote this link for my friends the Maples. Nathan was a youth pastor at my old church and found himself without a job, so his wife Trudy stated a cooking business to help with the bills. It totally exploded and now she has been featured on tv shows and Cooking with Trudy is booking cooking classes on a regular basis (this inspires the chef in me..). On top of that, Nathan just got a pastor position recently and God is blessing their family. I was at a mission’s conference tonight that was catered for dinner. As I was getting my food, I heard someone call my name – it was Trudy. Her and Nathan were hired to cater this conference. I was excited to see them and spent a little time catching up with them. The pasta was great and I told her I would sign up for a class soon. Great friends, great story and great food!
Travis Timmons, 38, came from Chandler to Tuesday evening’s demonstration. As a former cook, Timmons said he liked “getting to know the chef personally, where his influences come from and the stories behind why he cooks things that way.” – Downtown Devil
Phoenix Public Market brought in Matt Taylor from Noca in Phoenix for their popular Winter Chef series to put on a cooking demonstration for us. I love these types of events as not only do you get to eat some amazing food, but you get to know the chef behind the food. They like to share some tips on cooking and some fun kitchen stories.
Matt Taylor has worked with four James Beard award-winning chefs and comes from the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He’s a pretty young chef and brings a Southern style cuisine to Noca. I enjoyed both his personality and his cooking style. I loved the risotto and the beignets were delicious and paired well with the dessert wine.
Here was the menu for the night:
1st Course: Bacon Chowder (celery, crispy potatoes, lardons); paired with Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale. 2nd Course: Carolina Gold Rice Grit Risotto (golden beets, black garlic, baby fennel, parmesan cream); paired with Keeling Schaefer Grenache. 3rd Course: Granny Smith Apple Beignets (bourbon & maple syrup); paired with Rancho Rossa Shadow.