Joni Sare, cooking instructor

French Cooking Class — learn the exquisite French classics

Layers of flavor

Coq au Vin

or Boeuf Bourguignon

Explore the mysteries of French cuisine

In this French cooking class you will learn nearly a dozen French techniques while we make: Coq au Vin (or Beef bourguignon), Potato Fondant and Honey Glazed Carrots. All of which are known for their deep rich flavors. To finish the meal you can choose Crème brûlée or Pot de crème.

The side dishes are impressive yet simple: the Fondant potatoes stand tall in a cylinder shape, cooked in a butter confit and seasoned with garlic and thyme. The carrots are glazed with honey and seasoned with butter and fennel. ​

Below are lists of classic French dishes, essential techniques and its national dish.

Your 3-course French meal includes:

Cheese platter

Brie cheese, truffle oil and truffle salt, pepper jam and bread

Entreé choices:

Beef Bourguignon​
Coq au Vin


Fondant Potatoes and Fennel Glazed Carrots

Dessert choices:

Pots de Créme
Crème brûlée

Other 3-course meals:

During our class, we will use the first seven of these techniques:

  1. Mise en place
  2. Julienne
  3. Sauté
  4. Braise
  5. Confit
  6. Flambé
  7. Broil
  8. Poach
  9. En papillote

Read the descriptions here, where I continue my education with the Master Chefs.

Here are the classic French dishes — but each of these are actually cooking methods because they can be altered in a variety of ways.

  1. Ratatouille
  2. Quiche
  3. Crepes
  4. Salade niçoise
  5. Terrine
  6. Pâté
  7. Coq au vin
  8. Cassoulet
  9. Bouillabaisse
  10. Boeuf bourguignon
  11. Souffle
  12. French onion soup
  13. Foie gras
  14. Chocolate mousse
  15. French lentils

Read their descriptions here, one of my favorite online sources for cooking education.

Pot au Feu is a “peasant” dish that rose to national stardom.

Cloves and sometimes nutmeg gives it a unique flavor. 

The classic version has several steps in the process, including simmering for 4 hours.  And it’s served in several courses with mustard, pickles or horseradish.

Here’s a video for Pot au Feu beginners.

Watch this video for Pot au Feu inspiration.


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