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DOUGH in Asheville makes even baking Croissants a Success for the Home Cook!

April 15th, 2014 by abedofroses

Croissants ready to rest in the "Proof Box"

Croissants ready to rest in the “Proof Box”

I love to cook and I get plenty of practice making breakfast for our guests at A Bed of Roses, but the idea of baking croissants from scratch was pretty intimidating even for me! Pastry Chef Ali Caulfield at DOUGH in Asheville got me, along with a class of 10 or so other home bakers, over our fears this past week in a fun 2 day evening class. DOUGH is an innovative chef-owned market and bakery in North Asheville that also offers an ever-changing freshly made menu of sandwiches, salads and pizzas to eat there in the market or to take out. But the wonderful cooking classes and special events that they offer makes DOUGH totally unique, even for Asheville. Most classes are one-day courses, 2-3 hours each and include everything from cooking Thai or Moroccan food to making handmade pasta or mastering the art of the French Macaroon. They have some Parent-Child Pizza Workshops, too that look like a lot of fun. Even in our class we had a family. The parents and their two daughters have taken several classes at DOUGH and the girls did a wonderful job!

Chef Ali Caulfield demonstrates for the class

Chef Ali Caulfield demonstrates for the class

Lawyers, students, real estate agents, retired professionals and one nervous innkeeper all dug in to learn the art of baking croissants hands-on and the flour literally flew! I brought my camera the first night (go to our gallery to see the photos) and it was covered in white dust by the end of the class! Chef Ali took us through the steps one by one, demonstrating along the way with an angled mirror above her workspace that allowed all of us to see exactly what she was doing.

An angled mirror allowed everyone to see what the chef was demonstrating

An angled mirror allowed everyone to see what the chef was demonstrating

It’s the perfect way to learn! You get to see it in digestible chunks, then do it while the visual is still fresh in your memory. The chef is available to check it and make suggestions right away before you move to the next step. Having the right equipment is as important as proper technique. Once the dough has been mixed you need to pound the cold butter into a thin, 5-inch square with a French Roller*. You can just imagine what it looked like to see a room full of people hauling off and hitting big chunks of butter with wooden bats. It was quite a sight! Then the dough is wrapped around the butter into a packet, that is then folded, rolled out and folded again, four times in all, to get all those luscious layers of dough and butter.

The bright and airy cooking lab made for a relaxed atmosphere

The bright and airy cooking lab made for a relaxed atmosphere

The process involved letting the dough “rest” at various intervals in a “proof box”** and at the end of the first class our dough packets spent the night in the refrigerator before we continued the next day. But even the first night we got to learn and eat what you can do with left-over croissant dough. The cronut! Now there’s a sinful treat. By the end of the second class we each had a batch of beautiful golden croissants to take home with us along with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, not to mention some new friends.

* A French Roller has no handles and is tapered at the ends.

** A “proof box” is a warm, humid place for your dough to rest. You can use your oven, set at 100° with a bowl of water at the bottom.

You don’t have to live here to enroll in classes at DOUGH. Check out their calendar and get a real taste of Asheville while you’re here visiting! And don’t forget to check out my finished croissants in our photo gallery. They were to die for, if I must say so myself! Yum.

 

Chef Challenge Special: Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series. “You Be The Judge” in Style at A Bed of Roses, March 10-31.

February 17th, 2014 by abedofroses

Asheville Hosts 6 dates in the Statewide Dining Competition

Asheville Hosts 6 dates in the Statewide Dining Competition

Join us for this statewide Chef Challenge Event and be given the VIP treatment! A Bed of Roses and the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association are teaming up with Asheville’s competing restaurants to make this the complete Foodie Dream Getaway. Book any of our five luxurious guest rooms, let us book your tickets to the event, and you will receive a fantastic swag bag full of goodies and discounts in addition to a gourmet breakfast, delicious afternoon home baked delights and a premier location 5 blocks from Asheville restaurants, brew pubs and night life.

What Your Package Includes:

  • 1 night’s stay at A Bed of Roses at our special mid-week rates. You choose which uniquely sumptuous guest room is perfect for you.
  • 2 Tickets to Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series “Fire On the Rock”. Cost is $59 +tax per person for the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds, $69 +tax per person for the Semifinal and Final Rounds. Service fees will be added by the event organizers.
  • 2 free Wine Glasses from the NC Wine & Grape Council
  • 1 Bottle of Cackalacky Sauce – a delicious, spicy, sweet potato sauce native to North Carolina.

Special offers from our Asheville area competing restaurants for Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn Guests only:

6 Delicious Courses

6 Delicious Courses

  • A free dessert for two at Ambrozia
  • A free dessert for two at The King James Public House
  • $10 off lunch or dinner at Seasons Restaurant
  • $10 off a $25 purchase at LAB (alcohol not included)
  • One free Chef’s choice appetizer with the purchase of a bottle of wine at Strada Italiano.
  • One free Tapas of your choice with the purchase of 2 signature drinks at The Social Lounge

and last but not least,

  • One complimentary Cookbook “Savour the Inns of Asheville: Cookbook of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association” from A Bed of Roses.

How it Works:

Competitions are hosted in 5 regions of the state with two restaurants competing each evening in a single elimination, blind dinner format. You will be tasting 3 courses from each chef (a total of 6 courses) without knowing which chef has prepared them. A “Mystery” North Carolina ingredient must be used in all courses and the chefs won’t  find out what that ingredient is until noon on the day of the competition. The drama builds! Then you, the diners, judge the food and get to determine who moves up to the next round. Check out the Rules here!

Where and When:

All dinners take place at The Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate, a barn that was built for the estate in 1930 and renovated into an elegant event space in 2006.

The dinners are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights on March 10th, 11th , 17th, 18th 24th, 25th. The Final event on March 31st  is in Raleigh and is not included in the package. All events begin at 6:30PM.

The Line-up:  Click on the restaurant names to learn more about the competing restaurants.

March 10th         Vidalia battles Strada Italiano.

March 11th          Isis versus Season’s

March 17th         The Gamekeeper fights it out with Ambrozia

March 18th         King James Public House competes with the LAB

March 24th         The winners of the March 10th and 11th  rounds go head to head

March 25th         The winners of the March 17th and 18th go into battle

The Final Round in Raleigh on March 31st will pit the winners of our March 24th and 25th competitions.

Read about the chefs here!

Tickets will be limited so book early. A Bed of Roses will be the perfect home base, just 10 minutes from the Biltmore Estate and walking distance to downtown. Treat yourself in style. You’re a judge! You deserve it!

Cost: The price of whatever room you choose plus the cost of tickets to the Event:

Initial rounds $59/person plus tax and service (total $74.78)

Semi-finals $69/person plus tax and service (total $87.46)

We at a Bed of Roses charge no additional fees for booking your tickets and providing you with Your Bag of Goodies and Savings.

This Special Package must be booked by phone or email, stay@abedofroses.com. Be sure to indicate which dinner you want to attend. Event tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferrable and can be used for a different date when arranged in advance.

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