Messina Hof Cooking Party: Cooking Out


Needing some new ideas on cooking out for your friends and family? This month’s Messina Hof cooking party is especially tailored for those looking to improve their grilling skills. Enjoy three freshly prepared dishes by a head chef made right in front of you and receive a recipe booklet so you can make these dishes at home on Sunday, July 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the Messina Hof Estate in Bryan.

For the first course, the chef will show you how to prepare hot smoked shrimp on a soft cheesy grit cake with Private Reserve Merlot spiced tomato jam and paired with Messina Hof Father and Son Riesling 2019. The main entree will be a Grilled Harissa chicken on a bed of basmati rice with grilled vegetable kabob, paired with Private Reserve Tempranillo 2018. For the final course, guests will learn to create Grilled Fredericksburg peaches topped with a peach Moscato mascarpone cream paired with Messina Hof’s canned bubbly Peach Moscato.

Messina Hof Cooking Classes have always been designed to enable you to prepare the dishes at home, and they work hard at making that easy while providing recipes that are out of this world delicious. Because of the pandemic, the cooking classes have shifted format a bit to maintain safety. Teri Ryan, Messina Hof’s Office Manager in the Designer Events Department, says she’s happy to be continuing this traditional event, though it may be slightly altered for now. “We’re trying to get through this with our best foot forward,” says Ryan. 

Luckily, with their years of cooking parties and extensive knowledge of food and wine, Messina Hof’s “best foot” is quite capable indeed. You can expect the same attention to detail that marks all of Messina Hof’s endeavors, so whether you’re new to cooking or have a fair amount of experience in the kitchen, you’ll learn something about creating amazing food paired with the perfect wine. 

Though this event isn’t geared toward kids, young adults are welcome and can have prices adjusted to reflect not drinking wine (call in advance: 979-778-9463). Tickets are $69.95/person plus tax and gratuity.

Currently, Messina Hof’s tasting room and wine bar are closed due to state regulations concerning COVID-19 precautions, though The Vintage House Restaurant is still operating at 50% capacity. 

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Rebecca, or Becca, is a senior journalism major at Texas A&M University graduating in December 2020. She is currently a writing intern for the Summer 2020 semester at Maroon Weekly and is excited about being able to write about the local scene in the Bryan-College Station area. When Becca isn't writing or working on schoolwork, you can often find her watching reruns of The Office, listening to country music, or wandering through an antique shop. To anyone who reads her articles she simply says, "thanks and gig'em!"


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