24 MarEarly Spring 2014 Class Schedule

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I’d like to take a seat at this gorgeous Spring table right now for a lovely luncheon with friends.

 

Spring is here – at least the calendar says so! Another round of classes are posted, and I’m always curious and anxious to see which faces I see in each class.

A big thanks to Denise Neil at the Wichita Eagle who featured me in her column in January! Her article brought several new, fantastic people.

Hope some of the class themes grab you and if you want a particular class, please feel free to request for next round (abgeist@hotmail.com).

Early Spring Classes 2014

You’ll notice there are no Saturday classes because I’m training for a half marathon in early May. After that, Saturday morning classes will resume, and there will be Parent/Child classes and Youth classes again! I especially enjoy the enthusiasm and playfulness of young ones in my kitchen!

01 JanHappy New Year & Winter 2014 Schedule

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Happy, Happy New Year! Hoping your holiday season was filled with laughter, joy, wonderful food, friends and family!

I haven’t had a regular class schedule for quite some time, but you’ll see that I’ve packed in many classes in the next 8 or so weeks, so you can get your fill of good food and fun in my kitchen! Winter is such a fun time to cozy in and spend more time preparing food. I’m truly looking forward to spending time teaching on a regular basis again.

So please, take a peek, and choose a class or two!

Winter 2014 Class Schedule

 

Photo Credit: From Restored Style blog: Winter Tablescape

07 MaySpring/Summer 2013 Classes

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Spring is finally here and with it come some of my favorite seasonal foods of the year – fresh artichokes begging to be steamed, crisp asparagus from my husband’s garden and succulent, sweet strawberries!

Bring your wine and culinary curiosity for a new round of inspiration! As usual, please call me to reserve your spot: 316.990.4493. Thank you for stopping by & hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

Hope you’ll find a class or two to attend: Spring/Summer Class Schedule 2013

22 JanWinter 2013 Classes

Happy New Year to all! Hope that everyone had a lovely holiday season and has taken time to rejuvenate for the New Year! I enjoyed the Christmas season that kept going on and on – chalk full of entertaining, cooking and cooking some more!
January is a nice time to make resolutions, reevaluate things and start the year off right! Of course, I’ve made resolutions such as eat well & exercise 5 times a week (which is on my list each year and I stick to it pretty well), get to work on my cookbook – the first draft is done and I MUST carve out time to get back to it & live in the moment.
Hope you’ll find Winter 2013 inspiring! I’m really anxious to get back in the kitchen with you all!

23 AugFabulous Fall 2012 Classes

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Cooler temperatures are gracing us in the mornings, and soon it will be time for all things pumpkin, which I absolutely LOVE!! Perhaps it’s because my birthday is in early October, or because I enjoy the crisp, fall weather. Whatever the reason, I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen with you all and enjoy some fun, tasty evenings!

To view the Fall 2012 class schedule, click here: http://findyourwingsocial.com/?page_id=126

01 AugSpecial Classes: Aug 7 & 11

Josh Rathbun (my husband’s son) is teaching two Social classes on August 7th and August 11th. He’s worked the past 5 years at a top ten restaurant in the country called Fruition.

He brings talent, passion and a lot of restaurant cooking expertise to share!

Tuesday, August 7th, 6:15 p.m.

Handmade Pasta with Josh Rathbun

- Ricotta Ravioli with Bolognese Sauce

- Potato Gnocchi with Burre Blanc Sauce

- Farmers Market Finds Salad

Saturday, August 11th, 10 a.m.

Fruition with Josh Rathbun

- Ratatouille: Crispy Eggplant, Tomato Vinegarette, Thinly-sliced Zucchini, Grilled Onion, Prosciutto, Manchego Cheese & Balsamic

- Pan Seared Scallops with Corn Goat Cheese Cakes, Shrimp, Pickled Veggies & Corn Puree

- Peach Cobbler

These classes are limited to 8 people each. If you are interested, please act quickly or you’ll miss out on this opportunity. (He’s moving to Australia in a couple weeks, so this won’t happen again anytime soon.)

Stay tuned for August and September schedules! I’m working on them now! Thanks!

09 MayFlavors of Spring

Hoping this lovely spring season has put a pep in your step and that you’re enjoying all the beautiful flowers that have bloomed so early this year! Can’t wait to share some exciting classes with you!

Please take a peek. I’ve posted classes for May and June. Simply click on the link called “Class Schedule” under Pages on the right hand margin of this page. (I apologize – I usually link right here, and I’m having a hard time tonight.)

In July, my husband and I will travel to France for 10 days, and we haven’t nailed down the dates yet. REALLY looking forward to the trip and the culinary adventures. I speak NO French and will attempt to work on that before we go. Most of all, I will enjoy eating my way through Paris and the trip’s influence on my cooking and sharing it with all of you.

Hope to see you soon and see you often this round!

12 JanHappy New Year with a New Schedule!

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Hope everyone had a lovely holiday season! I sure did, and am just getting back into my groove after 3 rounds of company, many, many desserts and meals made and I don’t even want to think about the dishes. I’m finally caught up around here (although if you’ve driven by my house, you’ll see my Christmas trees are still up!).

Hope you’ll start the year off right by signing up for a few classes! Click on the link to the new schedule for January/February/March 2012: here.

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26 OctFabulous Fall 2011 Classes

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After a several month hiatus, Social is back in the kitchen with sleeves up and ready to dig in! A little R & R (or maybe a lot!) can go a long way in recharging batteries and getting back in the swing.

I’ve missed seeing your smiling faces in my kitchen! And speaking of my kitchen – we had our granite countertops installed this summer! My kitchen is coming together so beautifully! I can hardly wait to share it with you all!

Please take a peek at the Fall classes and see which ones excite you! Sign up is easy – just email or call (abgeist@hotmail.com or 990-4493). A reminder that my schedule is flexible. If a class interests you, and the time doesn’t work out for your schedule – there might be several other people with the same predicament. Just give me a call or send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

For now, Happy Fall! Wishing you a wonderful season of colorful mums and pretty pumpkins – and of course warm, mouth-watering, satisfying fall foods!

21 AugSummer Musings Part I

Where to begin? This summer has been a blur of travel, home projects and attempting to stay cool.

I should start with Memorial Day, as that’s what most people think of as the start of the summer season. We went to Ellsworth to my in-laws, as we do every year for a wonderful picnic filled with lots of Rathbun relatives, young and old. It’s held in my mother and father-in-laws’ beautiful backyard on the farm that has an incredibly breathtaking bluff as the backdrop. Always a wonderful time, and lots of good eats, too. Where is the photo, you might ask? Well, I was so busy chatting and eating, I forgot.

Next up, came a memorial golf tournament in my father’s honor. Most definitely bittersweet. Miss him like crazy. Can hardly believe this much time has passed since I’ve heard his voice or hugged him. One hundred of his friends and family gathered to raise over $14,000 for a scholarship for his alma matter, Northwest Missouri State. We enjoyed seeing some of dad’s friends, ones that the last time we saw them it was a much more somber experience. It made me feel connected to dad to be around all the people he loved and love him back.

A wonderful surprise came from our trip to Mt. Ayr, Iowa (dad’s hometown and where the golf tournament was located). Randy and I coaxed and begged for my 85 1/2 (apparently you start counting the halves again when you get that old) year old GG to come home with us. Sure, GG’s been to my house to visit. But it was always quick visits with my dad.

GG came to visit for 2 weeks here in Wichita. She was able to experience one of my cooking classes, the art of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off (which I tend to do a fair amount), go to Red Rock Canyon Grill for a Perfect Margarita – twice and shop till we dropped – day after day! GG has quite the sweet tooth, and she went through 6 or 7 dozen Krispy Kremes on that 2 week trip to Kansas! Clearly we were trying to put weight back on her. (Gee, how I wish that were my problem!) Mission accomplished for her at least!

You might have noticed from driving by our house that we landscaped a large portion in the front and had the trim painted on the house. It was no small job as we have a ridiculous amount of windows in this house! Bless those guys’ hearts who worked in the CRAZY heat tirelessly to get my job done before the party. So thankful because it looks awesome! All of the doors are now purple (although the front and back have been purple for a while) and the trim a cool charcoal grey color.

Many other couples, Randy and I hosted a couples shower in early July for our friends, Kevin and Lauren. Randy and I rushed to get so many things done around the house to get ready for the party and it was so worth it. Beautiful party, beautiful couple and everyone enjoyed the Mexican food, Jesse and David – best bartenders in town – from At Your Service, The Shoes as musical entertainment and the flowing Lovelies (tasty cocktail) and other libations. I should at LEAST have a photo of this wonderful party, but once again, I was too busy drinking, eating and hosting to worry. Perhaps I need to hire a photographer next time!

I took a week or so to recoop from all of the work I’d done around the house to get ready for such a big party and just RELAXED! It was well worth all of the work, but I was worn out!

Next major happening of the summer was a bachelorette party for my friend Sabeena to Las Vegas! Pretty sure that City of Sin didn’t know what hit it, and like the saying goes, what happens there stays there! Fun times were had by all, a wee bit of drama (hey there were 17 ladies!) and many funny stories!