by Carolyn
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We all love a good dining experience, we go to fancy new restaurants and stand in line for trendy food trucks, we love to cook at home and all that is fine and great, bur from time to time, I like to have a more different, unusual dinning experience. Like when you go to someones home, meet with people you have never met before and you cook together. This unique dinner happened few weeks ago when I was invited by Cozymeal to Chef James’s classic and beautiful Victorian home to experience part cooking class, part dinner with three other fellow foodies. cozymeal-3

Chef James welcomed us with unique antipasti like roasted padron peppers ( which became my season’s favorite veggies), sardines and a selection of artisan cheeses and olives. In a relaxed atmosphere, we chatted around, nibbled, get to know each other and got ready to get messy with some homemade pasta.This was my first time making fresh pasta and a pasta making machine made it onto my Amazon Holiday Wishlist. cozymeal-20

While we exchanged tips for the best kneading techniques, Chef James was already whipping up a yummy Bolognese. This would be our primo course, followed by 5 Dot Ranch organic beef slow-cooked in white wine & red pepper with sweet corn on the cob. As a professional cook with years of experience, Chef James was able to answer us the many questions we had about different cooking techniques or where to get unusual ingredients. Cozymeal works only with experienced, professional chefs to provide their guests a great culinary and educational dinner. cozymeal-11

I think it’s a really great idea if you want to surprise a friend or partner with something new, if you are new to town and want to meet new people, or if you are on a business trip and you don’t want to dine alone. Even for a night out with your besties this can be more fun than just going out for cocktails. Hop over and see all the yummy classes and diners they have. And if you feel like your company should invest in some team building, nobody will say no to cooking and eating. cozymeal-7

Our own cozy meal, which should have taken only three hours, extended into five hours of lively conversations over a wine and perfectly sweet and creamy cheesecake. We left Chef James’s house with happy taste buds, new friendships and a memorable meal.

*Cozymeal invited me to dine with Chef James, but all opinions are my own.

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