How my love of good food began
I didn’t grow up in a “food focused” family. When I went out on my own I didn’t know how to make coffee….much less a real meal. So I attended cooking classes wherever I could find them. Through a friend I met Helen. Helen hosted cooking classes in her 'cottage' above the garage of a large home.
Each Wednesday for years I sat at Helen's table and was mesmerized by the bold flavors from simple ingredients prepared in her well organized and properly stocked kitchen. Dinner always started with an aperitif while discussing the menu before diving deep into traditional techniques and preparations. I left Helen's with notes and notes on recipes which still fill a binder in my kitchen today.
It's Helen whose culinary views changed my life and inspired me to start Terri's Table. I can't be more excited to welcome you to my home as Helen did to hers to learn to cook and entertain together!
Check out recent article about Terri's Table in Potomac Almanac!
MY OTHER GREAT PASSION is supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I am on their Advisory Board. All proceeds from classes during the holiday season will be donated to St. Jude
My Culinary Values
Use mostly local and seasonal ingredients
Be organized and get prepped before you cook (mise-en-place)
Read every recipe before you begin
Enjoy the process of cooking - not just the results
When entertaining, make ahead so you can enjoy your guests
Season your food - salt, pepper, and (gasp!) butter are your friends!
Don't forget presentation - all of your senses should be 'touched' before enjoying a dish
Why Terri's Table?
An at-home environment - learn to cook in a beautiful home with a gorgeous new kitchen
Both demonstration AND participation - my focus is on your learning - as you're comfortable you'll be invited to get your hands dirty
A warm and welcoming atmosphere
You won't leave hungry - when class is over a meal-time I'll be certain that you won't leave hungry - from appetizers on arrival to tasting what we've cooked together there'll be plenty to go around