But First, Brunch
There are a few traits that my parents passed down upon me. Some physical. Some not. Thanks to my Mom, I’m quite short with a stocky frame or as my mother calls it “the lineage of sturdy peasants.” My wit is quick and leans heavily on the puns thanks to my father. And, of course, there is our collective love of food.
Food is pretty close to being a Gannon family member.
As a child, my Dad’s nickname was “Food Man.” He has always been at the ready to feed anyone or anything from friends and family to the squirrels jokingly referred to as “Fat A$$ Squirrels” that lived near the Gannon Camp. So it should come as no surprise that an activity I chose to share with my parents while home on vacation was a cooking demonstration at Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine.
Stonewall Kitchen is a very well-known food brand that can be found in grocery stores around the U.S. Early on you may have received their catalogs filled with picturesque jams, sauces, and home goods. It was in 2000 that they opened their Headquarters and Company Store in York, Maine. And about a decade ago, they debuted their Cooking School.
Over the years, I have taken about four different cooking demonstrations at Stonewall. Years ago I experienced an “Ode to Julia Child” class that still makes me want Tomato Gratin on the reg. But for this visit with my parents, I selected “But First, Brunch.” Because…brunch.
Upon arrival, we were guided to take a seat and made aware that coffee and tea were available for the class. The Kitchen also offers wine or beer at an additional charge. I happily sipped a glass of rosé while checking out the brunch menu. And in case you like (or adore) what was made, the packet also includes the recipes for each course. Total bonus.
During the cooking demos, a guest chef or a Stonewall Kitchen staff walks you through each recipe. It can be a bit hard to see everything that is going on, so they have monitors on either side of the kitchen so you can get a bird’s eye view of the chef’s “hands-on” work.
Stonewall Kitchen has plenty of people working the demo to help refill drinks, serve courses and check on guests. They are pretty stealthy because I felt like I was being helped while being able to follow along with the demonstration. That’s not too bad for someone that needs to hit “pause” on the remote when someone talks to her during a TV show!
Ohhh…did you guys want to see the food? Well…I will get on with it…
Three courses of food with multiple samples of croissants and doughnuts = To Go Box. Early in the class, Chef Meyer let it be known that boxes would be available to take leftovers home. I was able to enjoy croissants and doughnuts the next day with a cup of coffee on the Gannon Camp porch. Bliss!
Once the class was over, we explored the grounds of Stonewall Kitchen a bit. The flowers are glorious! The Company Store has a café and plenty of outdoor seating so if you aren’t taking a cooking demo you can still enjoy breakfast and lunch the Stonewall Kitchen way. I’ve had lovely meals at the café and will do so again during another visit.
“But First, Brunch” was another cooking demonstration success! Next time I home, I will sign-up for my 5th class. I think a seafood demo might be up my alley (as you’ll see in my next post!)
Have you ever tried Stonewall Kitchen or been to their Company Store in York, Maine? If you could experience a cooking demo what would you want to be the subject? And would you bring leftovers home or eat ALL THE FOODS?
Next stop on my At Home in Vacationland tour? Kennebunkport.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Drink Chard.
P.S. This is not a paid post. Stonewall Kitchen and their Cooking School are my jam. Pun intended. Just the way Dad would do it.
What a fun and pun day with your wonderful parents.
Hi Momica! It was such a great day with them! I can’t believe I get to see them again next week. 🙂
I have never been there, but I love Maine. I will have to remember to go there. The food looks amazing! I have never been to a cooking demonstration, but I think it would be fun.
Hi Melissa! Cooking demos can be so much fun especially when courses of food hit your table. Just stopping by the facilities to check out all of their foods is pretty awesome. They have a “Sample-Palooza” going on!
Nina Bashaw Photography
Yummy, get in my belly, this food looks amazing. I would love to experience something like this, it looks like so much fun!
Hi Nina! It was definitely a good time! I always learn something and I never leave hungry! 🙂
It sounds like a fun, and informative class. I love that they allowed you to take the leftovers home! The facility looks beautiful too!
Hi Patricia! It was definitely a fun class. I’ve had a doughnut pan collecting dust in my cabinet for way too long. I think chocolate doughnuts with star sprinkles may be in my future. 🙂
everything looks so great… I love how you put quick in front of puff pastry in quotations… that’s how I feel. Anything that complicated would never be quick for me!
Hi Hal! I guess “quick” would apply if you take a dough that typically takes days to make and get the timing down to a few hours. I will still reach for the frozen puff pastry dough. Every. Single. Time. 🙂
Wow! Everything looks incredible and delicious! what a fun activity to do! xo – Kam
Oh how I envy everyone that’s had the opportunity to go to cooking school. I would love that.
This is definitely something I would love to attend! Aside from enjoying such beautiful food, I would like to think I could also pick up some pointers on creating some culinary delights in my own kitchen. Being shown by a pro-chef would be the best way to go…and this certainly appears to be the case here.
I love cooking. It sounds like a fun, and informative class. Everything looks so great!
I love cooking, too! I enjoy hands-on cooking classes, but sometimes a demonstration is a nice way to kick back and relax.
What a beautiful place this is!!! This is totally a place for a fun date! I am glad you got to go with your parents! You all sounded like you had the best time! I wish this place was closer to us!
This is definitely a fun date place! I’ve brought my fiance with me before. I wish this place was in Florida so I could go more often!!
This would be so much fun! The only experience I’ve ever had in a cooking class was one I had to take in Jr. High where they taught me how to make scrambled eggs in the microwave. I’d love to take a real class.
I remember that class in school! We microwaved eggs and I sewed a tragic looking surfboard pillow.
Looks like your day was amazing, and the food looks so good. I love cooking, this is something I may attend.
What’s your favorite thing to cook? I would love to learn more cooking techniques. My knife skills are “meh” at best. 🙂
Can I live there???? Everything looks so beautiful and inviting. I just love food, wine and all the vibe around it.
Isn’t the spot super cute? I love walking around the grounds before heading in to shop or take a class. Maybe we could try a sneak a tent onto the grounds…or in the store? 🙂
What a fun visit. This is right up my alley. I love stonewall kitchen and their packaging is so pretty. Looks like you enjoyed the food.
There is just something about their packaging. My favorite product? Their ketchup. It’s so good!
This looks like it was a fun and interactive experience. It’s amazing how important a role food plays in our cultures and traditions.
It really does! Food definitely brings people together. 🙂
This looks so good! I love brunch, my favourite meal of the day!
The Mad Mommy
Well, everything looks fun and delicious here! Especially those donuts and quiche!
I absolutely love quiche! If I wasn’t all thumbs when it comes to pie dough, I would make it all the time. Maybe next year I will become a Pie Dough Master!
Count yourself lucky, I wasn’t;t gifted long legs either, lol. The love of great food and drink is truly a gift in the day and age of fast and processed foods.
Hello, my not long-legged friend! I must admit that I do love some fast and processed foods (McNuggets!!) but enjoy the process of making and eating food from scratch so much more!
Szebastian Onne #INSPIRE
Could there be a better day than getting to eat what you learn and enjoy the taste until you are full. You sure have managed to convince me to do this with my family ASAP!
Hi, Szebastian! If you go with your family, please let me know! And if you take food pictures, you know I am game to see them. 🙂
I love Maine and this sounds like a super fun day. The food looks totally amazing
Waren Jean Go
Sounds like an interesting place. Would love to check this out next time when we visit Maine!
It’s right in the southern part of Maine close to the ocean which is really, really nice.
I want to go back to Maine now. 🙂
This looks like a really nice place, visiting Maine is on my bucket list!
Angela Ricardo Bethea
Those chocolate donuts makes me crave for donuts! I am definitely buying one later!
Something is new for me, I read it and gain lot of infomation. Thanks