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Holiday Cooking Class at Café Maxx

Café Maxx in Pompano Beach is holding a cooking class specifically teaching the art of holiday platter creations and hors d'oeuvres this Thursday, November 18, at 5 p.m. Chef Oliver Saucy, now in his 19th season of cooking instruction, will lead the class. (Ask him about growing up in a castle in the Black Forest of Germany!)

Saucy tells New Times: "I try to do classes about once a month, out of season -- it gets too busy in January, February. I have a big stage that pulls out, a big mirror. I set it up theater-style, with rows of seats. Everyone gets a recipe pack, and we give out pencils so people can take notes."

On the agenda:

A discussion about party-planning basics and a menu of braised shortrib

sliders with blueberry balsamic glaze;

smoked salmon pettifores with caviar and goat cheese; and an


wrap with hummus, grilled veggies, prosciutto, and arugula. "Then," says

Saucy, "we're going to talk about spoons -- they're a great way to do

pass-arounds. You can get miso spoons from Asian markets or just use

tablespoons with tastes of food. We're going to make some aiolis for

that. There are a few ways to prepare -- a sweet chili Asian one with tuna

and caviar and

scallions and a Southwest Creole remoulade with roasted corn, jumbo

lump crab, and saffron

and garlic and a grilled chicken salad that's really versatile -- it

can go on crostinis."

Wine expert Andrew Lampasone (of the

specialty shop Wine Watch) will accompany Oliver, providing

valuable information on food and wine pairings perfect for the festive


The best part: You get to eat everything you make; the class is

followed by a sit-down dinner, and there is winetasting throughout.


$65 plus tax and gratuity per person. To reserve your spot, call

954-782-0606.The next class, scheduled for December 16, will

be on sushi and champagne; then there likely will not be any classes

until April.

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