Learn Fine Cooking Program

Our hands-on cooking classes teach many culinary secrets under the tutelage of our professionally trained chef - Chef Jeff Woolley.  Participants enjoy sampling of the tempting dishes prepared during their vacation cooking school curriculum.  

 Epicurean Escapade

---- is our two day intense, hands-on cooking classes creating a multi-course meal from scratch.Participants will spend several hours each day working alongside our chefs to create from scratch, a multi-course meal based around a central theme or ingredient.  Class participation is limited to six adults, so that there's plenty of time for questions
and exploration, and so that the material can be enriching for experienced cooks and accessible to the enthusiastic novice.

2017-2018 Program

November 3-5, 2017

Autumn Braising

Students learn how this classic technique uses heat, time and moisture to boost taste and keep everything tender, and take home tips and recipes.

The dishes that will be created are : Chicken Braised in Apple Cider, Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine, Braised Lamb Shanks, with Garlic and Rosemary, Parmesan Polenta.  

December 1-3, 2017
Pies and Tarts

Embrace the fruits of the farmers market by learning to make rustic tarts and stunning pies!  In this class we will cover basic pie-dough recipes and several different styles of pies and tarts.

The dishes that will be created are:  Foolproof pie dough recipe, Leek, Apple and Brie Savory Tarts,  Mini Blueberry Pies, Brown Butter Apple Galette with Maple Whipped Cream.

January 12 -14, 2018  SOLD OUT

Knife Skills 101

The key to confidence in the kitchen starts with mastering a few basic knife skills.  In this hands-on class you will learn the ins and outs of selecting and sharpening your chef's knife, as well as the basics of chopping, dicing, mincing - all while whipping up a delicious , locally sourced meal!

The dishes that will be created are: Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Radishes, Mint and Ricotta Salata, Classic Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken, Roasted Local Root Vegetables with Rustic Herbs, Honey & Mascarpone Citrus Parfait with Santa Barbera Pistachios.

February 2-4, 2018  SOLD OUT

Cooking with Herbs

In this Class, you'll learn the proper trechniques for purchasing, storing, and cooking with your favorite fresh and dried culinary herbs, plus tips on growing your own herbs at home!

The dishes that will be created are:  Compound Herb Butters with Focaccia Bread, Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing, Baked Seabass with Chimichurri Sauce, Parmesan Polenta, Honey & Thyme Poached Pears.

March 16 -18, 2018

Vegetable Butchery

From artichokes to zucchini and everything in between, this class teaches you how to select, prep, slice + dice and confidently cook nearly every kind of vegetable.  A perfect class for anyone looking to master all the those funky vegetables that you've always wondered how to use in your home kitchen.

The dishes that will be created are :  Compound Herb Butters with Focaccia Bread, Salad with a Medley of Seasonal Vegetables & Lemon Herb Vinaigrette,  Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken over Seasonal Vegetables & Herbs, Flourless Zucchini Chocolate Chip Oat Brownies

April 20-23, 2018

Mastering Sauces

Learn how to elevate a wide range of dishes - from salad dressings and starters ot entrees and desserts - by mastering these key techniques and irresistible sauces.

The dishes that will be created are:  Green Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing, Patatas Bravas with Chipotle Aioli Sauce, Halibut with Lemon Butter Pan Sauce, Blood Orange Caramel Sauce with Local Citrus & Vanilla Ice Cream

May 11-13, 2018

Picnic Party

Be the friend that everyone wants to invite to their picnic after learning these fun and stress-free recipes for alfresco dining.

The dishes that will be created are: Herbed Hummus Platter with Local Olives, Cucumbers, Feta & Pita,  French Vinaigrette Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs, Italian Muffulata Sandwich, Assorted Homemade Cacao Truffles.

Epicurean Escapade Package Includes:
2-Nights Accommodations 
3-Course Candlelit Dinner for 2 Each Evening
Breakfast Each Morning
Afternoon Tea Each Day
Recipe Book & A Culinary Gift From The Manor
2-Days of Cooking School for One Participant per Room (Additional Charge for 2nd Person is $75)

Classes are from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday

Classic Room                  $675.00
Fireplace Room                $800.00
Jacuzzi Fireplace Room  $875.00
1-Bedroom Suite              $1000.00

Rates exclude 9% New Hampshire Lodging Tax

Dates don’t work for you? Create your own Private Cooking School Weekend!

Private Cooking School:

Choose Your Dates
Select Your Class Theme from Chef Provided Topics
Add $450.00 to “Epicurean Escapade” Package Price


Check out what our guest said after spending last weekend (Nov 2014)in our cooking school with our Chef---

My husband and I have nothing but gratitude and thanks for you and your entire staff for the hospitality extended to us this past weekend.  We loved the Manor!  We felt at home the moment we arrived.  Everyone was gracious in whatever task they performed on our behalf.  As this was my husband's first outing in well over a year, he was very happy to sit in front of a fire with a book and just enjoy relaxing while I enjoyed my cooking class with Executive Chef.  Wow! This far exceeded what I had imagined it would be.  I learned so many things throughout both days and the. To enjoy his company with my husband and I at lunch was wonderful and we had a few good laughs as well.  If I get the opportunity to do this again, I would do it in a heartbeat.  You can be sure that your Inn will be talked up by both of us to anyone who will listen.

We wish you all the success possible as you continue to welcome people from all over the world.  Your generosity to us in accommodating our changed plans will never be forgotten and was greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  C&A