Just in time for Mardi Gras, residents can learn to make gumbo and New Orleans-style bread pudding at the “What’s Cookin’?” class Feb. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bonifas Arts Center.
“Gumbo has sausage, shrimp, okra … It’s a nice, hearty soup, something good to have in our Michigan winters, a one-pot meal,” said Mitzi Brayak, who will teach the class with Maryanne Brayak, demonstrating techniques and answering questions. “That and some good, crusty bread, and you’ve got your full dinner.”
Those who love using a variety of spices will find new flavors to explore when preparing Cajun or Creole food due to the “different, interesting spices” used, said Mitzi.
New Orleans-style bread pudding features a whiskey sauce.
Mitzi said she would love participants to wear Mardi Gras beads, which she plans to do, or traditional Mardi Gras colors like purple and green. “We’re going to have fun, be festive,” she said. “That’s what Mardi Gras is all about.”
These dishes, which participants will sample, aren’t too complicated for cooking beginners, said Mitzi, so everyone is welcome, including teens.
The class is $15 for nonmembers and $12 for members. (Receive 20% off with purchase of a ticket to the Mardi Gras Masquerade.)