Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing with Cat Cora

Patricia and I were invited to Macy’s on Saturday for a cooking demonstration and book signing with Cat Cora. There were several other bloggers from the Twin Cities area and it was awesome to meet and talk with Dutch Baker’s Daughter and Cafe Cyan. Not only were we excited to be invited to the event; we felt pretty important with our front row reserved seats!

While waiting for Cat to arrive, we were served non alcoholic watermelon margaritas.  They came in the tiniest little cup and tasted great!!  When Cat arrived, the bloggers were all called over to meet her and get pictures taken with her.  She is so open and friendly; she made us all feel very comfortable!  I was also surprised to find she wasn’t too much taller than me (I’m 5 ft on a good day)!

After we all took our seats, Cat told us about her new cookbook, Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.  She said she’d be making two recipes from the book. I will try out and post the recipes myself later this week. First she prepared Grilled Chile-Lime Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.  Cat encouraged everyone to not only make her recipes just as printed; but to have fun with them!  For example, try using mango or peaches in place of the pineapple. We each got a little taco of our own to try.  I was concerned the spices would be too hot for me (medium salsa is as hot as I can handle).  However, the pineapple salsa to helped cool it down; it was just right!

The second dish was the Grapefruit and Cherry Ambrosia with Honey Cream. We each got a small sample of this to try as well.  Though I’m not a big fan of grapefruit or cherries, she did included pineapple and toasted coconut. Yum! I really enjoyed the cream, I would love to make this with some of my favorite fruits.

Through the entire demonstrating, Cat answered questions from the audience. We learned about her 4 kids and how they stay connected with her busy schedule; she says how she sends them cards, gifts in the mail and calls them every day.

Cat went on to explain to us what goes into filming an episode of Iron Chef America.  She said they are not told what the main ingredient is ahead of time, but they are given what type of cuisine is would be (such as Greek) and to stick to that. The cooking battle is in real time, but there is about 6 hours of filming that goes into each 45 minute episode!

In addition to this book tour, Cat is now working with the First Lady and her anti-obesity campaign to help inspire kids throughout the country to learn more about the food they eat. She spoke about teaching kids to grow their own vegetables and how many of the kids are less reluctant to try something new when they got to be involved in growing it. Since I’ve been growing some things on my own these last couple years, I have to agree; things just seem to taste better when you’ve had a hand in growing them!

After the demonstration was over we each had the opportunity to have Cat sign our cookbooks. Patricia and I each picked one up for ourselves and can’t wait to start making some of the recipes.  We decided because we had so much fun, we wanted to share this with our readers!  We are giving away one signed copy of Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.

TO ENTER

To enter the giveaway answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

What is your favorite cookbook?

One entry per person please.

Deadline is Thursday June 10th, 2010 at 11:59 pm central standard time.

Winners will be selected at random and announced Friday.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to check back later this week for the recipes in today’s post!

– Jodi

Cat Cora Invite!!

Iron Chef Cat Cora

Today Jodi and I got a super cool email that we wanted to share with all of our friends and foodie groupies!!  Here’s what the email said:

Hi Jodi and Patricia,

I just discovered Two Girls Cooking, and I was so excited to see your recipe for sweet and sour chicken. I love to cook, but often find myself ordering in, so I was thrilled to find this recipe. A few weeks ago I made chicken curry to take a stab at typical take-out Indian food, so I’m excited to now try take-out Chinese at home! Thanks!!

Anyway, I work with Macy’s, and since I know from experience what a cool blog Two Girls Cooking is, I wanted to be sure to let you know about an upcoming event happening in Edina June 5th. Cat Cora will be hosting a free cooking demo at Macy’s Southdale. She will cook up a few recipes from her new book Classics with a Twist, and then she will be available to sign her book and greet fans. It sounded like something that might be right up your alley. Here’s more of the nitty gritty of the event…

WHAT:
Cat Cora, Macy’s Culinary Council Chef, will host a cooking demonstration and book signing at Macy’s Southdale at Southdale Center in Edina. She will be featuring recipes from her new cookbook Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.

WHO:
Both on and off-screen, Chef Cat Cora has continued to make a lasting impression on the culinary community. In 2005, Cat made television history on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appétit magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award. That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. In December 2008, Cat launched CCQ (Cat Cora’s Que) at Macy’s new Signature Kitchen restaurant in California’s South Coast Plaza location. Inspired by her own unique barbeque traditions, Cat designed CCQ as a fast casual concept that defines her passion for global BBQ, offering various sauces and flavors. She also opened Kouzzina (Greek for “kitchen”) at Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk Resort, in the fall of 2009. Kouzzina offers a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cat’s Greek roots. She has also authored three cookbooks, Cat Cora’s Kitchen and Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals and Cat Cora’s Classics With a Twist, which is set to be released in June.
Cat will be on hand following the cooking demonstration to greet fans and autograph her latest cookbook Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, which will be available to purchase at the event.

RSVP:
The event is free. Seating is limited. Please call 1.800.329.8667 to reserve a space. For more information, please visit www.macys.com/culinarycouncil.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 5
2 PM

MORE INFO: http://pitch.pe/66232

We would be so thrilled if you two would be able to make it out to the event. If you will be able to come, just let me know, and I will set you guys up with a press pass and VIP treatment.  🙂

Also, if you think this is something your readers might be interested in, please feel free to pass the word along to them. Hope to hear from you soon, and again, thanks for the sweet and sour chicken recipe!!

All the best,

Sarah

How exciting is this?!

So if you’re interested in going, please send an RSVP.   If you’re going to be traveling to the MN area and are interested, RSVP as well.

This is such an honor!

Jodi/Patricia

Two Girls Cooking

Chef Cat Cora