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WHISKED AWAY
Cook-and-learn vacations pick up steam

Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2007
By Nina A. Koziol

Dog days have arrived. But there's still time to flee from the grind. Perhaps you've been pondering how to celebrate an impending Big Birthday or a special anniversary or you just need a revitalizing getaway. Should you go somewhere exciting? Exotic? Entertaining or educational? If you're like many foodies, you'll head to the kitchen for all these things and more. But not just any kitchen. More...

EPICUREAN EDUCATION (pdf)

AAA Living
May/June 2008, Wisconsin edition.
Used with permission.
by Tara Titcombe

CHOCOLATIER FINDS SPOTS FOR SWEETS IN DOOR COUNTY

Feb. 16, 2009
Business News
By Donna Marie Pocius

Kathy McCarthy felt she had unfinished business in her life after she lost a parent.

So, she created her own business shortly after her mother passed away in 1996. She reflected on making chocolate candy with her mom on a mink ranch west of Oshkosh, where she grew up. And the idea of becoming a chocolatier came to her.

"I asked myself, 'What is it I really want to do?' I had made candy for many years. My mom and I would make it at Christmas and other times. I really enjoyed it, and I wanted to see what I can do with it as a business," she said.

McCarthy founded Kathy's Gourmet Chocolates in Scottsdale in 2001. Now, she splits her time between Arizona and the Door Peninsula, where she offers her chocolates at the Savory Spoon Marketplace, affiliated with the Savory Spoon Cooking School, Ellison Bay. Over the past two years, she taught truffle and holiday candy-making classes there, as well.

She connected to Savory Spoon in 2006 after enrolling in, of all things, a chocolate class, then led by Janice Thomas, chef and school owner. McCarthy shared with Thomas her experience in Arizona, where she won first place awards in the caramel and toffee categories in the 2000 Arizona State Fair. More...

"Participating in a class at the Savory Spoon was the highlight of my food-themed Elderhostel trip. The clear instructions, helpful tips, versatile working surfaces, plethora of tools and delicious recipes culminated in a superb meal. Hooray and thanks!

~ Ruth M.

MARKETPLACE MANAGER DISHES ON SAVORY SPOON DELIGHTS

Peninsula Pulse
July 13 2007

As an organizer of running events for 15 years, Betsy Titterington hadn't hit her stride in a career she loved until she became involved with the culinary arts. Now manager of the Marketplace within the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay, Titterington is helping to set the pace for gourmet tastes in northern Door County.

Titterington is rarely behind the counter in the 1870's former schoolhouse that houses the cooking school and market. She moves about the cozy, 500 sq. ft retail space enthusiastically educating customers on culinary tools, gourmet treats and the history and current use of the building. More...

"I have participated in a number of classes and look forward to attending more this season. Janice is very organized and a wonderful teacher. The classes are small enough that you actually learn cooking skills and menus that you can confidently prepare for family and friends. It is practical, informative and a lot of FUN."
-Jessie Raymaker

CHOCOLATIER FINDS SWEET SPOT AT SAVORY SPOON

Peninsula Pulse
July 27, 2007

"More and more people are coming over to the dark side because life is better over here," says Kathy McCarthy, of Sister Bay.

The dark side McCarthy refers to is dark chocolate. According to the chocolatier, dark chocolate is "true" chocolate, meaning it has an appreciably higher content of cacao (also known as cocoa) beans than milk chocolate.

McCarthy can be found extolling the virtues of dark chocolate during her "Sweet Saturdays with Kathy," a series of four candy-making classes now under way at the Savory Spoon in Ellison Bay. During the classes, McCarthy introduces students of all ages to candy making. The one and one-half hour classes include taste tests of various chocolates, an overview of the history of chocolate, and the demonstration and hands-on experience of making truffles, caramels (including turtles), pralines and toffees. More...

COOKING TEACHER WILL CHRISTEN YOUR SHINY NEW KITCHEN, GIVE APPLIANCE TIPS

The Capital Times
12/27/2007
Mary Bergin

ELLISON BAY -- Janice Thomas will christen your new baby, but it will be done in the kitchen, not in a church.

The co-owner of Savory Spoon cooking school, open seasonally and by private arrangement, also travels nationwide to help new homeowners feel more at ease with their appliances.

These kitchen christenings began eight years ago, in an old adobe house in Tucson, Ariz., where Thomas used to live. The kitchen was tiny, and an interior designer had recommended that Thomas help acclimate the homeowners to their revamped space.More...

ANOTHER GREAT TIME AT THE SAVORY SPOON COOKING SCHOOL

Kathleen Meisinger
www.kathleenscakes.com/

Kathleen Meisinger, guest chef for our Cake Decorating like a Pro, has plenty of great things to say about her travels to Door County on August 20th and her experience at the Savory Spoon Cooking School. According to Kathleen: In less than four hours, students learned to torte, fill and frost two cakes. They learned to fill a pastry bag and pipe stars, dots and leaves. Students were asked to bring in flowers to decorate their cakes using CakeVase®. The finished products were truly stunning. It's amazing what can be learned in the right environment, with the right tools and with a determined mind!"" Check out her Blog: web.me.com/kathleenscakes

HAPPY COWS FROM....WISCONSIN

Door County Magazine
Winter 2007-2008
By Paige Funkhouser

I am a native Californian transplanted to Wisconsin, and I say: Wisconsin cheese is better than California cheese. This isn't based on any sort of exact scientific tests, nor do I have any professional experience in, as the French would say, "fromage."

Wisconsin cheese, as many of my Californian friends and relatives who've been on the receiving end of Wisconsin cheese will tell you, is just creamier. The cheese is smoother, fresher tasting, as though the animals that produced the milk were better cared for and loved. I hypothesize that part of the better care coincides with the smaller dairy farms scattered around Wisconsin, compared to the stinky megalopolis farms that span Central California. More...

"I am really enjoying your cooking classes. The kitchen space is wonderful with all of us preparing food at different work stations. My cooking sure has improved and your classes have given me inspiration and brought me out of the "same old" menu. Thanks"
~ Pat W.

DOOR COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES: "THE FLAVORS OF PROVENCE" EXPLORES THE CULINARY DELIGHTS OF SOUTHERN FRANCE

Peninsula Pulse
February 20, 2009

Janice Thomas, proprietor of the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay, enhances her onsite instructional courses with culinary excursions. This spring Thomas will lead a small group to southern France.

With "The Flavors of Provence," a seven-day trip through one of the most beautiful and taste tantalizing regions of Europe, students will visit professional teaching kitchens, local markets, and specialty shops. Immersing themselves in the extraordinary cuisine of the region, students will participate in hands-on cooking classes. More...

GIRL-POWERED VACATIONS: FROM RURAL RETREAT TO UPSCALE URBAN ADVENTURE, PLAN YOUR GETAWAY WITH THE GALS IN STYLE

Madison Magazine
Sept. 2009
By Amy Seigel

Romantic retreats and family vacations are some of life's most precious gifts. But let's face it: when you really need to let your hair down, your best friends are your best travel companions. While your options are endless, here are three excellent itineraries to try.

Southern Comfort

Everyone likes one-stop shopping†and whether you're thinking about a quick escape for you and your BFF or a big get-together, choosing a full-service resort is one of the best ways to streamline the planning process.

With 6,800 acres of rolling hills and a panoply of amenities and activities, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has enough of everything†hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf, hot-air balloon rides and more†to satisfy the desires of even the most diverse group of women. And the vast array of specialty boutiques, galleries and restaurants in nearby Galena, Illinois, makes for a delightful daytrip, just in case you need a break from utter relaxation. More...


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