Our Family Day Out at Uncorked Kitchen + Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
posted by: Amber Johnson
I do the majority of the cooking in our family while my husband is the grill master and the kids are expert eaters. I periodically involve them in the creation process but during busy weeknights, it’s usually just easier to do it myself. But now that they’re 9 and 11, I’ve had the nagging feeling I need to give them a more advanced skill set than grilled cheese sandwiches.
Enter: Uncorked Kitchen, where a cooking class meets dinner party meets family bonding.
Denver has a smattering of cooking schools and classes for adults and kids but very rarely do they involve the whole family. Uncorked Kitchen aims to please with their new Family Day Out, a unique hands-on dining experience where parents and kids get to be a part of the creation process of their meal from prep to plate. And believe me, the plate part is very, very delicious.
The kids: learned to make Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Phad Thai, Bacon and Sweet Potato Banh Mi and Coconut Ice Cream with Pineapple ‘Boats.’
Me: Set my paper towel on fire.
It’s probably best to leave it to the professionals.
At home, our kitchen is the focal point of our family’s dynamic so it was wonderful to keep our house clean, have someone do all the prep and cleanup, watch the kids get their hands dirty playing with ingredients that perhaps they wouldn’t otherwise and to develop the essential skill of cooking.
And eating. Lots and lots of that.
Chef Nicole was our guide during the three-hour session that was more than a class, it was an event that fostered socializing, community building, learning and fun! One thing I loved is we cooked everything in stages. We started with the coconut ice cream so it could set in the freezer and and moved on to the spring rolls, which we were able to eat immediately after making them (two thumbs waaaay up for kid’s classes that allow immediate gratification!) We declared our Pad Thai the best we’ve ever had and the Banh Mi was delectable. The coconut ice cream with pineapple boats sprinkled with Kool-aid was the perfect icing on the cake and my kids have already made it at home (see recipe below).
I’m looking forward to my retirement as Head Chef of the family.
Uncorked Kitchen offer kids classes, camps, birthday parties and family cooking events. Their classes that run during the academic calendar year are 5 weeks long and focus on building skills, introducing new foods and getting kids active and engaged in the kitchen. Each week the kids work to prepare a 2 to 3 course menu based on the session theme—for instance Asian Adventures and Springtime Favorites—that they then get to bring home to share with their families for dinner.
Summer camps are offered for 8 weeks in June and July and registration is by the week. Every week is a different theme, such as Bake Shop Favorites or Mediterranean Table, and each day offers a new menu based on that theme. Similar to our classes, the kids prepare 3 to 4 courses that they get to bring home to share with their families.
Celebrating a birthday? Their birthday parties are 2 hours of fun in the kitchen with 6 different themed menus to choose from. Parties are for kids age 6 to 17 years. They keep it super easy for the parents with our drop off parties, all you need is your camera. The kids whip up the fun in the kitchen and get to enjoy their creations along with birthday cupcakes.
“Our kitchens were developed with the intention of being approachable, warm and feel as though you were enjoying time in your foodie friend’s gourmet kitchen. We went with high-end residential equipment and warm farm style dining tables that encourage socialization,” says Katie Robbins, owner at Uncorked Kitchen. ” We also know how much Coloradans love being outdoors, so each kitchen has full roll-up garage doors and when weather permits guests can enjoy a wonderful al fresco dining feel with great views of the Front Range.”
Uncorked Kitchen offers events for adults as well as kids, so there’s something for cooks of all ages and skill levels. For a more spontaneous experience guests can take a seat at the Uncorked Kitchen Wine Bar for a glass of wine, craft beer or cocktail along with a selection of appetizers. At Uncorked Kitchen there is something for everyone, all of which emphasize the joy of food (literally) in the making.
In partnership with Mile High Mamas.
Coconut Ice Cream with Mango
This is the best coconut ice cream I’ve ever had and guaranteed, your kids will love it, too!
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups coconut milk (don’t use lite)
- 1 cup shredded coconut toasted
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1 mango sliced
- Bring milk, heavy cream, coconut milk, and coconut flakes to simmer in heavy saucepan, allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes.
- While the milk mixture is steeping whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and salt together in large bowl, until thickened and pale yellow.
- Temper hot liquid into egg mixture, by slowly adding the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture whisking constantly until all of the milk mixture has been added to the egg mixture. Return all back into saucepan over low heat, stirring all the while, until mixture starts to thicken, and coats the back of a spoon. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into bowl and chill immediately over ice bath.
- Process the chilled mixture in a standard ice cream machine, following the manufacture's directions.