Holiday Appetizers
& Sides

Produce fresh from local farms, local artisan cheeses, fresh picked apples and berries, outstanding dairies. Our backyard in the Hudson Valley has them all. You can experience all these wonderful offering that we share. You will use these local ingredients, learn professional cooking techniques, taste the wealth of our Valley and have FUN!

$59 per student
December 5, 2019
6:30 – 9 pm

What You Will Learn


Appetizers: Chorizo-Stuffed Dates with bacon & Red Pepper-Tomato Sauce; Zucchini Roulades w/ Ricotta Tomatoes & Basil

Sides: Corn Fritter Casserole; Roasted Baby Turnips with Tops w/ Almond Pesto and Charred Tomatoes; Shaved Apple & Pear Salad with Arugula, Pickled Red Onions, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Class Description

Treat your family and friends or guests to something different this holiday. Take advantage of apples, pears, and turnips from the Hudson Valley in preparing five delicious and different dishes that will make your guests applaud.

What To Expect

Preparing food and cooking is more than just following a recipe, it involves learning about proper kitchen techniques and skills. You will work together with others participants in an enjoyable fun, hands-on atmosphere led by a professional chef instructor.

You will be standing, cooking and working for most of the class, so wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. We will provide the aprons and chef hats for class.

Register Now

Billy Strynkowski

Billy Strynkowski, formerly the Executive Chef for Cooking Light Magazine is the Director of Wellness for Restaurant Associates. His primary role is to lead Restaurant Associates culinary team in expanding their wellness platform while creating innovative menus for fitness and healthy lifestyles throughout RA and its parent company, Compass Group.

One of Chef Billy’s most influential wellness platforms is the oversight of the Player’s Lounge at the US Tennis Open run by Restaurant Associates and their sister company Levy Restaurants. Billy’s “great tasting, good for your food” as well as his charm made texting with tennis greats such as Serena Williams a daily occurrence for him during the tournament. In his prior role, he was a regular guest on CNN and has appeared on dozens of other TV shows including ABC’s The View and CBS’s Good Morning America as the face of Cooking Light.

A culinary graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Chef Billy had been a member of the Cooking Light team since 2005. Prior to his position at Cooking Light, Chef Billy worked for Restaurant Associates for 14 years at Goldman Sachs and Time Inc. and as the Executive Sous Chef at Tropica Restaurant at the MetLife Building in NYC.

Billy has started a monthly wellness video series, cooking tips for the home chef along with  wellness recipes that span the globe featuring a different country every month. Being that he lost 60 pounds, he knows first-hand about cooking light and getting fit.

Chef Billy Strynkowski