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When you have a house filled with guests at holiday time, the last thing you want to do is spend the whole party in the kitchen.

On the attached pages, you’ll find three of my favorite appetizers. They are easy to make, and can be prepared ahead of time. Plus, they are all packed with veggies.

Be sure to sign up for one of Culinaria Cooking School’s December classes, which are listed at the right. Most of our classes are three-hour sessions that run about $65 each.

From learning to make edible holiday gifts to knife skills, each unique lesson will give you insight into a specialized topic that is sure to improve your cooking. Bring your spouse, your friends, and your kids. We promise, you’ll have a ball.

And remember, we are happy to host and cater your office party at Culinaria. We are also available to cater parties at your home or office. Send us an email to discuss details, info@culinariacookingschool.com.

Giving a friend or loved one a cooking class makes a great gift. Click here to buy your gift certificates.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Culinaria Cooking School! — Chef Stephen Sands

Mark your calendar for these great December cooking and wine classes

The Wines of Bordeaux
Dec. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $95

Knife Skills
Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $65

Holiday Chocolate Truffles
Dec. 4, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $70

Holiday Gifts From the Kitchen
Dec. 6, 7-10 p.m., $65

Chinese Cooking at Home (3-part series)
Dec. 7, 14, 21, 7-10 p.m., $185

Syrah
Dec. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $75

Cabernet Sauvignon
Dec. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $75

Couples Cooking: Mexican
Dec. 10, 7-10 p.m., $125 (per couple)

Child & Parent Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $85 (per pair)

Knife Skills
Dec. 11, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $65

Soups & Salads for Families on the Go
Dec. 11, 7-10 p.m., $65

Port Wine Tasting
Dec. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $80

Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $65

Southern New Years Celebration
Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m., $65

Christmas Dinner
Dec. 18, 6:30-10 p.m., $90 (view the menu here)

Christmas Party Appetizers
Dec. 20, 7-10 p.m., $65

Zinfandel
Dec. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $70

Click here to sign up online: www.culinariacookingschool.com

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