Flavors of Provence

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
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Like the Italians, inhabitants of Provence love to blend intense flavors and simple ingredients. Their dry warm summers are perfect for growing the sun ripened vegetables that are a basic part of Provence cuisine along with seafood, fresh herbs and robust extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy these traditional flavors beginning with Crostini topped with Olive-Fig Spread and Goat Cheese. The main course is a traditional Salad Nicoise, literally meaning “Nice-style salad”. This elegant entree is layered with fresh mixed greens, seared tuna, green beans, potatoes, boiled eggs and topped with an Olive Caper Vinaigrette. Hands on and optional wine.

Instructor: Chef Braden Hitt

Braden Hitt is a passionate spokesperson in our community for sustainable, organic food and farming. He originally moved to Southern Oregon to help Neil Clooney open the nose to tail, meat-centric restaurant, Smithfields, and has since found himself teaching and working at various venues throughout the valley. From Executive Chef at Elements Tapas Bar, feeding the masses at Farm to Fork events, and performing live cooking demos at the farmers markets, Chef Hitt now cooks for the new Lark’s restaurant in Medford. With over 20 years in the food industry, he has taught at the OCI in Portland, and will be teaching a series of hands on classes in our classroom Summer and Fall of 2014.