The Silo Cooking School at Hunt Hill Farm

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Our impressive roster of instructors at the Silo Cooking School has included

  • Master Chef Jaques Pepin
  • Bravo TV’s Top Chef Master Suvir Saran
  • PBS’s Sara Moulton
  • Rick Rodgers
  • Daniel Rosati, and
  • Silo Cooking School Assistant Director Nancy Stuart.


  • They follow in the foosteps of Rachel Ray, Giuliano Bugialli, Martha Stewart, and the many others who have taught here.

    The first recreational cooking school in Connecticut, The Silo, nestled in a picturesque barn in the Litchfield Hills, was a gourmet getaway. It didn’t take long for this hidden gem to develop a devoted clientele of both amateur and budding professional chefs.

    No matter your cooking ability, come learn in our homey, relaxed kitchen, and enjoy the intimacy of the school and the beautiful farm.

    Custom Classes are available for any occasion! Click here to learn more.

    Check out our current class schedule by scrolling below. You may also call to check availability and enroll at (860) 355-0300.

    In order to ensure enrollment, payment must be made at time of registration.  Refund or transfer available up to 14 days before each class.  No refund or transfer thereafter.  This cancellation policy also applies to those using gift certificates to purchase classes. No exceptions.

    If using a gift certificate, please call us at (860) 355-0300.

We’re CT’s Best!

Named Best Cooking School by Connecticut Magazine. Here's what they say:
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“Cooking classes seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but really good, inspiring classes are something else again.

You’ll find the best cooking instruction far and away at The Silo Cooking School, just one reason to visit the Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm.

It may call itself a recreational cooking school, but Silo’s classes are taught by some of the most revered names in the food world. Instructors have included Jacques Pepin, Sara Moulton, Giuliano Bugialli and Martha Stewart.

Pack all this talent into a relaxed atmosphere in a picturesque barn and . . . we give it four stars.”

 

15-0208a Sweet Maria’s Valentine Cookies

Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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With Maria Sanchez - Sweet Maria!
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Since 1990, Maria’s been baking up Connecticut’s best cakes and cookies.  She’ll share her secrets with us as we make sweets for our sweets.

Menu:

  • Decorated Chocolate Heart Cut Out Cookies
  • Raspberry Linzers
  • Chocolate Cherry Amaretti
  • Nutella Thumbprints
  • Peanut Butter Truffles

Full participation.
High School Students may enroll with a Parent

$80 per person. # of students:
 

15-0214b Wine Dinner for Lovers and Friends

Saturday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.

Annual Valentine' Day Wine-Pairing Dinner with radio personality and founder of Class in a Glass/Take Home, Sommelier, Carol Berman and Chef Maggie Colangelo.
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Treat yourselves to a romantic voluptuous Valentine’s Day multi-course dinner in The Silo Cooking School.  Carol will teach you how to taste and pair her unique selection of wines. Maggie will prepare your meal before your very eyes - and may even call you up to participate in the prep.

Begin with a greeting and sparking wine.  Each of the following courses will be paired with a special wine chosen by Carol.

Scallop and Saffron Bisque, garnished with pan-seared scallops, accompanied by sundried tomato and fresh herbed flatbread
Frisee, Endive and Arugula Salad, with fried Brie “croutons,” toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with balsamic and apricot dressings
Sorbet Palate Cleanser
Duck a la Champagne with grilled portabellos, served aside spinach gnocchi
Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse, served in a milk chocolate bowl, with freshly whipped cream, garnished with a port and cherry coulis


DEMONSTRATION CLASS

$100.00 per person # Attending
 

15-0216b Young Chefs Cook Presidential

Monday, February 16, 1 to 4 p.m.

SILO KIDS
With Nancy Stuart.
Young Chefs join in creating a menu based on presidential favorites throughout the years.
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You’ll make an assortment of items and get recipes to take home for the family.

(Full Participation). Ages 6-13

$45. per person # of students:
 

15-0222a Rockin’ with Risotto

Sunday, February 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With Chef Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis Back by popular demand, this class is a blast!
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Learn the secrets behind great risotto.  You’ll make:

  • Arancini
  • Pumpkin Risotto
  • Olive Mill Pasta
  • Risotto Rice Pudding

We're sorry, but this class is currently closed. Please call to be placed on a waiting list.

15-0307 Spiced Seafood Feast

Sat., March 7, 11 am

We are so pleased to have Chef James Neunzig join us for this delectable, full-participation class.
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Menu:

  • Appetizer:  Grilled Octopus with Moroccan Pine Nut Caper Sauce, Arugula,Charred Eggplant, Grilled Lemons and EV Olive Oil
  • Main:  Indian Spiced Red Lentil Dal (Indian Spiced Red Lentils) with Charred Zucchini, Baby Spinach and Roasted Scallops
  • Dessert:  Chocolate Truffle Torte

About James
Chef/Owner James Neunzig has a combination of twenty-five years of culinary experience and a deep respect for customer service and hospitality. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, James moved to Connecticut, cooking at The Mayflower Inn in Washington and the West Street Grill in Litchfield. After receiving a Hotel & Restaurant Management Degree in Pennsylvania, Chef Neunzig moved back to Connecticut and ran the Bistro Café in New Milford before opening his own restaurant in Kent.

Restaurant Moosilauke rose to quick acclaim receiving an “Excellent” rating from The New York Times, a Three Star Rating from Connecticut Magazine, voted “best new restaurant” in Litchfield County, and was featured in The Litchfield County Times and The Morning News. He sold his interest in the restaurant’s third year to focus on off-premise catering launching J.P. Gifford Catering & Events. As business grew, he looked for a location to spotlight prepared foods and takeaway catering while maintaining his off-premise, full-service, catering business.

James is alao the owner/chef (with his partner Michael Moriarty) of Gifford’s in Kent, which offers seasonal New American cuisine with a menu of signature dishes and specials to please every palate.

$90 per person. # of students:
 

15-0314a French Macarons Go Green

Saturday, March 14, 11 am to 2 pm

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With Chef Kathryn Gordon

Back by popular demand - Chef Kathryn Gordon will teach you how to make the traditional French macaron - and in honor of St. Patty’s day - they’ll have an Irish twist!.  Practice making macaron batter, piping cookies and learn tricks to help you bake them in your own oven.  Participants will make a variety of delicious fillings (think Baileys and Mint!) and learn how to assemble the macaron sandwiches.  You’ll have a box to take home. 

Kathryn will also be available to sign her book, Le Petit Macaron purchased at The Silo Store.

$90. per person. # of students:
 

15-0314b Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Saturday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.

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Join us for a St Patty's Dinner Feast..... with Chefs Jessie Riley and Kathryn Gordon. Plus your favorite Irish Beers.

Seared scallop starter
Leek and potato soup
Lamb chops with turnip purée and sautéed spinach
Irish soda bread with homemade butter
Guinness chocolate cake with whiskey sauce

Full Participation.

$90 per person. # of students:
 

15-0315a Green Eggs and Ham

Sunday, March 15, 11 am to 2 pm

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With Nancy Stuart Ages 6 to 13.
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Do you like Green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like Green eggs and ham.

Would you like them Here or there?

I would not like them Here or there. I would not like them anywhere…. except at The Silo!

Join us for a Green Eggs and Ham Brunch to usher in St. Patty’s day.You’ll make an assortment of items and get recipes to take home for the family.

$45. per person # of students:
 

15-0321a From My Italian Kitchen

Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00-2:00pm

with Chef Daniel Rosati
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Menu:

  • Spring Onion Crostata
  • 5 Minute Risotto Amatriciana Style
  • Brick Roasted Cornish Hens with Lemon & Rosemary
  • Pan Roasted Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Pancetta & Herbs
  • Warm Orange Custard Cups with Caramel & Raspberries

Full Participation

We're sorry, but this class is currently closed. Please call to be placed on a waiting list.

15-0321b Tuscan Holiday Zings Into Spring

Saturday, March 21, 2015 6 to 9:30 p.m.

with Chef Daniel Rosati
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Menu:

  • Warm Spinach Pesto Crostini with Creamy Fontina
  • Tuscan Leek Soup
  • Tuscan Pork Tenderloins “Porchetta” Style
  • Sweet & Savory Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Zuccotto Cake

Full Participation

$90 per person. # of students:
 

15-0322a Sunday Brunch Classics

Sunday, March 22, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

with Chef Daniel Rosati
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Menu:

  • Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Parmesan Herb Scones
  • Vermont Cheddar & Sausage Savory Bread Pudding
  • Asparagus & Herb Miniature Frittatas
  • Smoked & Fresh Salmon Hash
  • Classic Pecan Sticky Buns

Full Participation

$90 per person. # of students:
 

15-0425b Queen of the Ocean; Heart of the Sea.  The Titanic Remembered.

Saturday, April 25, 6:30 pm

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Saturday, April 25, 6:30 pm
With Chef Catherine Titus Felix, CCP
The Titanic - It’s the story that continues to fascinate the world. April 14 marks the anniversary when "the large luxurious ship carrying many of the wealthiest people on the globe met its doom.

"The story of the Titanic isn’t just about the mysterious circumstances of the sinking, or the tragedy and loss of life. Much of our fascination with Titanic is in the details. It’s a look back at how the Edwardian-era passengers lived, dressed and of course, how they ate."

This multi-course feast, with champagne and wine, will allow you to take a journey back in time to an Edwardian world of strict class distinctions, obsession with etiquette and fashion and the era’s love of fine food.

MENU TBD

DEMONSTRATION CLASS


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    She contributed the chapter on “The Wedding Breakfast” to Romantic Victorian Weddings, Then and Now and has appeared on numerous television food programs, including HGTV’s “A Christmas in Cape May with Kitty Bartholomew.”

$100 per person. # of students:
 

Custom Classes

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The Hunt Hill Farm location in beautiful Litchfield County, with its popular Silo Cooking School offers a unique and relaxed environment for your corporate function. As a special place in the country, many organizations from Connecticut and surrounding areas have enjoyed our full participation cooking classes which enhance teambuilding among employees.

A Custom Event at Hunt Hill Farm is one organized specifically for your team. The following is a summary of our most popular offerings. We urge you to visit and see for yourself what has become a most popular destination for one-day corporate retreats. Cooking classes are available in a variety of formats and menus are presented or arranged to meet your wishes and fit your budget.

Full Day Meeting and Cooking Class with Dinner- $165 per person

This full day function begins with a light continental breakfast, served buffet style, as attendees arrive. A catered lunch is arranged and served buffet style in the Cooking School.  Meetings may be held throughout the day either in the Gallery (depending on its availability) or in our Museum.  Beverages and snacks are provided in the afternoon. A three-hour custom, full participation cooking class is taught by a chef instructor. All cooking classes are held in our fully-stocked professional kitchen and grill area.  Classes run approximately three hours, depending on menu complexity.

Full Day Meeting and Cooking Class with Lunch - $140 per person

This full day function begins with a light continental breakfast upon attendees arrival, with meetings in the Gallery (depending on availability) or in the Museum. The custom cooking class is held midday and the lunch prepared is served at the end of class. The team continues their meetings for the remainder of the afternoon. Beverages and snacks are provided in the afternoon.

Custom Cooking Class as a Lunch or a Dinner- $110 per person

A three-hour custom, full participation cooking class is taught by a chef instructor. All cooking classes are held in our fully-stocked professional kitchen and grill area. Attendees may participate to the degree they are most comfortable. Classes may come in a menu style where the team breaks into smaller teams each responsible for a portion or the menu and helping other members with their portion to promote team-building skills. Attendees enjoy the full course lunch or dinner they prepared in a sit down lunch or dinner upon completion of the class.

PLEASE NOTE:  For an “Iron Chef” or “Chopped” Competitive Custom Cooking Class as a Lunch or a Dinner please add an additional $10 per person.  Participants work together in a competitive format, with prizes awarded to the winning team.

In all cases above, there is a 12 person minimum. A non-refundable 50% fee is due upon contract signing. The second half is due at the end of class. The Silo arranges the scheduling of the chef, all food and beverages for your event.  *Additional charges may apply.

 

 

Latest from HHF

Tuscan Flatbread with Anise & Grapes

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From Chef Daniel Rosati

2 ounces fresh yeast or 3 packages active dry yeast
2 cups warm water

1/2 cup olive oil
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 ½ pounds red seedless grapes, stems removed
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Anise seed

Place the yeast and water in the bowl to a stand mixer. Whisk until well blended.

Add the 1/2 cup olive oil, flour and 1 teaspoon salt.

Attach dough hook and blend until a smooth dough is achieved.

Remove bowl from machine and cover with plastic wrap.  Let dough stand in a warm area of the kitchen until doubled in bulk.

Combine grapes, sugar and anise seed in a bowl, set aside until needed.

Lightly oil a 15” x 11” jellyroll pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 3 or 4 turns. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces.

Roll 1 piece of dough just large enough to fit the pan, and pat the dough in the rest of the way to fill the pan completely. Sprinkle half of the grape mixture over the dough. Repeat with second piece of dough.

Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Place the dough in a warm area of the kitchen until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350o.

Place dough in preheated oven and bake until golden. Serve warm.

Tyler Florence’s Apple Charlotte with Cinnamon Sabayon

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From The Food Network

Total Time: 50 min.
Yield: 4 individual cakes.
Level: Intermediate.

Ingredients

For the filling:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
4 medium Granny Smith apples
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the batter
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, for greasing ramekins
2 tablespoons sugar, for ramekins, plus extra for top
20 slices brioche bread, crust removed
Cinnamon sabayon, recipe follows

Directions

Begin by making the filling. Set a large saute pan or roasting pan over medium heat and add butter. Peel and cut cheeks off apples then cut into 1/2-inch chunks. Once butter has melted and just starting to foam, add apples, scraped vanilla bean and pod, lemon juice, and brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat well and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until apples are just tender and liquid has evaporated. The sauce will caramelize slightly and should be a nice, rich dark color.

In a shallow dish, make the batter by combining eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk until fully combined.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and generously butter and sugar 4 (1-cup) ramekins.

Invert a ramekin, or use a round cutter, on half of the bread slices to use as a guide to cut out circles. These will be the bases and top of the charlottes - you should have 8 in total. Cut the other slices of bread in half lengthwise.

Working with the circles. lightly coat in the batter and place in the bottom of each ramekin. Lightly dip the other rectangles of bread in batter as well, then use them to line the walls of each ramekin - standing them upright around the perimeter leaving an overhang that you will later use to fold over and seal the charlotte. It should take about 6 strips per ramekin. Fill each mold with apples and some of the caramel from the pan. Fold over the edges to seal it up completely and sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.

Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. If the tops brown too quickly, cover loosely with foil. When done, the bread will have puffed up slightly, the edges will be brown and the sugar on top will have caramelized. Allow to cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto individual plates. Serve with cinnamon sabayon.

Cinnamon Sabayon
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup calvados or apple liqueur
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
Splash water
To make sabayon, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set over a pot of boiling water on low heat, i.e. a double boiler. Whisk (you can use an electric whisk to make it easier) until the mixture becomes light and fluffy and the volume almost doubles.

We’re CT’s Best!

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Named Best Cooking School by Connecticut Magazine.  Here’s what they said:

“Cooking classes seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but really good, inspiring classes are something else again.

You’ll find the best cooking instruction far and away at The Silo Cooking School, just one reason to visit the Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm.

It may call itself a recreational cooking school, but Silo’s classes are taught by some of the most revered names in the food world. Instructors have included Jacques Pepin, Sara Moulton, Giuliano Bugialli and Martha Stewart.

Pack all this talent into a relaxed atmosphere in a picturesque barn and . . . we give it four stars.”

 

Sara Moulton-Inspired Start-of-Fall-Tart

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Serves 8

1/2 recipe Basic Pie Pastry Dough (recipe follows) or use store-bought pie shell instead of homemade dough. Just let it soften enough so you can ease it into the tart tin

3 large tomatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices-if you can still find yellow tomatoes, add them for color.
Kosher salt for sprinkling
¼ C pesto
1 C coarsely grated sharp white cheddar cheese
1/2 C fresh corn kernels
1/2 C butternut squash, sweet potato or regular potato, small dice, sautéed ahead
Butcher’s Best Broccoli-Rabe Sausage, cooked and sliced thinly
Lemon zest, optional
2 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Roll the dough into a 1/8-inch-thick round on a lightly floured work surface. Transfer to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, cut off any excess dough from the edge, and prick the bottom lightly with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line the pastry shell with foil and fill with pie weights, dried beans, or rice. Bake in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes.

Carefully remove the weights and foil. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more or until light golden. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Turn up the oven to 400ºF. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and drain in a colander for 10 to 15 minutes. Spread pesto over the bottom of the shell and sprinkle the cheese over it. Arrange the tomatoes over the cheese in one overlapping layer.  Sprinkle with squash/potato and corn. Bake until the pastry is golden brown and the tomatoes are very soft, 35 to 40 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, basil, thyme, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste to blend. Sprinkle the pie with this mixture while hot and spread out gently with the back of a spoon.

Serve the pie hot or at room temperature. Great for a lunch or light dinner with a side salad.

Basic Pie Pastry Dough

Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon table salt in bowl of food processor. Add 12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces. Pulse once or twice to blend.

Add the butter and process until blended, about 20 seconds. Add 4 to 6 tablespoons ice-cold water to form a soft dough. Add another teaspoon of cold water if the dough appears to be too dry.

Turn out onto a floured work surface and work gently into a rough ball.

Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour. (The pastry dough can be made up to a day in advance or kept frozen for up to a month.) Makes enough for two 9-inch tart shells or a double crust.

Chilled Thai Carrot-Coconut Soup

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Chilled Thai Carrot-Coconut Soup
(serves 8)

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 T peeled grated fresh ginger
1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
1 fresh hot pepper, seeds and pith removed, minced. Start with a half. Add more if you like it spicy
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
6 cups vegetable stock or water—enough to cover carrots by at least 2 inches
1 can of coconut milk
Grated zest of 2 limes
Salt and pepper to season
To finish: splash of fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh mint; sauteed chopped shrimp

In a soup pot, saute in a little vegetable oil until softened, but not browned, the onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chili and cardamom. Add the carrots and the stock. Cook at a low boil until the carrots are cooked through.

In a blender or with a hand immersion blender, puree. Add a little stock if it’s too thick.  Add one can of coconut milk and lime zest. Chill.

When cold, check seasoning and finish with a splash of lime juice. Stir in fresh cilantro, basil and/or mint. Top with chopped shrimp if desired.