First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Thank you for your patience while we were closed, especially to those new students that were eager to get in the kitchen as well as those that had traveled to take a recreational class.

For the first time in our history, ICE was closed for an entire week due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Our building was one of many without power for the week and no power means food goes bad. Once the power was restored we had many people here helping to get us back to the ICE we all know and love. A huge thanks goes out to our Stewarding Department who cleaned out all of the food and replenished quickly enough for us to begin rolling out classes again this week. Below is a glance at the progress and above is the team that made it happen.


Now that we are back, we are ready to help! We are hosting three separate benefit cooking classes to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy. We picked three  areas –  Rockaway/Breezy Point, New Jersey and Staten Island – and found local fundraising/relief initiatives.  ICE  has employees as well as professional and recreational students from all these areas and we’d like to fire up the stove in an effort to raise funds to help. See below and sign up today!

The Great New York Steakhouse – Benefit Breezy Hill $130
Sunday, November 18, 6pm – Anita Jacobson – Sign up here.

New York City has some of the most famous steakhouses in the country. These classic establishments are known for hefty portions, distinctive atmospheres, and a trademark cuisine that has been pleasing diners for decades. Spend an evening learning the techniques and recipes you need to replicate your favorite steakhouse experience at home. You’ll make and enjoy Classic Shrimp Cocktail; Clams Casino; Grilled New York Strip with Beurre Maître d’; Filet Mignon au Poivre with Cognac-Cream Sauce; Grilled Center-Cut Pork Chops with Bourbon-Mustard Glaze; Caesar Salad; Leaf Spinach with Cream Sauce; Whipped Truffled Potatoes; and Almond Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce. Funds from this class will be donated to In Good Company where proceeds will go to Rockaway/Breezy Point.

Italian Surf & Turf – Benefit New Jersey $130
Tuesday, November 27, 6pm – Greer Nuttal – Sign up here.

From carpaccio and Bolognese to fritto misto and brodetto, Italy offers a seemingly endless selection of dishes that celebrate land and water. The country’s thousands of miles of coastline, lakes and rivers, prized cow breeds, and world-class salumi tradition result in meat- and seafood-centric dishes that can be rustic, sophisticated, and anything in between. In this class, you will cover specialties from all corners of Italy, making dishes such as Arancini (risotto balls); Bagna Cauda (warm garlic, anchovy, olive oil, and butter dip); Fritto Misto (assortment of fried fish and seafood); Zuppa di Pesce (fish soup); Ragu alla Bolognese with Handmade Tagliatelle; Cotoletta alla Milanese (breaded veal cutlets); Grilled Treviso Radicchio; Focaccia; and Blood Orange Panna Cotta. A Campari and Soda will awaken your appetite. Funds from this class will be donated to Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.

Sweet & Salty Baking – Benefit Staten Island $115

Wednesday, November 28, 6pm – Melanie Underwood – Sign up here.

Combining opposing elements has always been a gamble, but nothing else has quite pulled it off like when sweet met salty. Discover what treats blast your taste buds with flavors from two very different worlds. You will make and enjoy: Salted Peanut Butter Cookies; Pretzel Fudge; Salted Cashew Brittle; Caramel Popcorn; Salted Crust Margarita Tarts with Tequila Whipped Cream; Potato Chip Cookies; Salted Chocolate Cupcakes; Hot Chocolate with Salty Cheese Cookies; and Salted Caramel Brownies. Funds from this class will be donated to Staten Island’s Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Thank you again and let’s get back in the kitchens!

1 Comment

  1. Benjamin Bruckenthal

    Great job ICE! These cooking classes look amazing, and for the amount and type of food that will be cooked its reasonably priced.

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