Prepare Your Palate for a Culinary Retreat
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OURAY – Gourmands will do well to set aside the dates of June 9, 10 and 11, when Weehaken Creative Arts will present a "Culinary Retreat" with Sara Sharpe and the Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray.

The agenda for this retreat is nothing short of enticing as plenty of learning is incorporated in the schedule in addition to the luxury of enjoying top-notch meals, highly-rated in-class fun and plenty of local adventure.

Sharpe is one of Weehawken’s most popular instructors, with many repeat students. She opened A Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast and Fine Catering in Ouray in 2005. Sharpe began her culinary career as director of the Cuisinart Test Kitchen in Stamford, Conn., where she played a leading role in demonstrating the food processors that would soon find their way into American kitchens. In 1978, she founded Sara Sharpe Catering in Miami and continues to own and run that company today.

The Culinary Retreat will begin in the early evening of June 9, at Sharpe’s A Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast, to discuss "Hors d'oeuvres You Won't Soon Forget.” Students will enjoy libations, meet their classmates and enjoy a meal-sized portion of six different hors d'oeuvres: Maryland crab cakes with chipotle remoulade, raspberry brie in puff pastry, spinach boursin pizzas, tenderloin of beef canapes with artichoke-arugula garnish, Indonesian chicken sate, and tilapia sesame with dill sauce.

On day two, the class will meet at 12:30 p.m. for "Summer Fun – The Secrets of Great Summer Grilling." Students will join Sharpe on her beautiful patio for lessons in all of her favorite grilling techniques. The menu will consist of: grilled chicken breasts with Sara's special marinade, chipotle sweet red pepper sauce, grilled vegetable pizza, corn and black bean salad, roasted asparagus, and lemon mousse.

That evening, students will have the option of enjoying the in-town community culinary event "A Taste of Ouray," with its tantalizing samplings of local cuisine, at the Ouray Community Center.   

The final day will bring students together for "Secrets of A Secret Garden Brunch," where they will learn Sharpe’s signature brunch dishes: ham and cheese hashbrown quiche, oven-baked French toast, apple-oat-oatbran pancakes, lavender heart cookies, and Champagne punch.

The retreat aspect of this workshop incorporates the relaxation that comes with lodging at the Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray. (Local students can opt to take the set of classes only.) The AAA three-diamond Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications and offers outdoor mineral hot springs tubs terraced on the mountainside immediately behind the lodge. Each of their redwood tubs offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.

The price for this workshop includes two nights lodging (and taxes) at the Box Canyon Lodge, three learning workshops and meals, and one pool pass per student enrolled. Additionally, WCA is offering a "Spouse Meal Rate," by which a partner or spouse could opt to take part in the meals only, if not the classes (must be arranged in advance). The price for the complete package is $385 for non-WCA Members and $380 for Weehawken Members. Those registering and paying before May 25 will enjoy an additional discount (see for details). Rates for local students opting to take the workshops only start at $177; call Weehawken for details.

Space is limited. Weehawken Creative Arts is taking registrations on their website,, and by calling Ashley King at 970/318-0150.
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