Sur La Table Cooking Classes: The Art of Cooking

Have you ever taken a cooking class? Do you already know how to cook or at least do you believe that you know how to cook good? Well recently I took a cooking class for the first time and for me it was confirmation of a few things. First, cooking is fun and not scary and second, I really do not know that much about food or the technique of cooking, but that’s ok because knowledge is power.

Cooking for me has always been a monkey see monkey do kind of ritual. I would see my mother and grandmother in the kitchen slaving away all day, especially during holiday times and on Sundays, and then surprise something delicious would be born. I grew to be a hungry woman with child at a young age and so the kitchen was always a favorite place of mine.

Even though everyone always loved the food that I made I was never taught the correct terminology of certain utensils or how to use them. I’ve also recently realized that although I can “throw down” in the kitchen, I still do not have an extensive knowledge when it comes to even the different types of foods there are in the world to cook or the technique behind the art of cooking.


I recently registered for the Vegetarian Holiday Favorites class at Sur La Table located at Somerset Mall in Troy, MI. I signed up online the very same day. I had no idea what to expect from the class to be quite honest. Partially because I am not a vegetarian and I don’t have many meals without some sort of meat, I love meat. The motivation behind my curiosity was the fact that my boyfriend also known as the love of my life was teaching the class.  I signed up for the class mostly because I wanted to go and support him, I believe that support is priceless.

What I loved about attending this cooking class was the fact that we were a small intimate group (about 16 total), everyone was very social and friendly it seems like food just does that to you. The intimacy behind cooking with your bare hands and then sharing with others next to you to try a bite, cutting a piece of cheese, having an extra slice, and breaking it up in bits for your fellow chef partners to also try. The exchange from bare hand to mouth and the trust behind it is what I love about cooking and being intimate with perfect strangers. Also what I love is the act of eating the meal that you’ve prepared especially in a group setting.


For dinner we made Kale and Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Pecans, and Blue Cheese. Cauliflower and Melted Leek Gratin with Gruyere and Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragu. My favorite was the Roasted Squash Bread Pudding with Spinach. We used a bench scraper, a vegetable peeler, a box grater, an apple corker, a garlic roller, a colander, a whisk, metal and silicone spatulas, and a slotted spoon among other things. All the food we cooked and ate greatly exceeded all of my expectations.


Roasted Squash Bread Pudding

I truly enjoyed being a student in this class. I even learned new terminology for cooking like “blanching” which is basically taking a food like french fries or green beans, and pre-cooking them so that when you actually do need them for a meal it doesn’t take long to prepare. You can even store these items in the freezer for later use. The process of blanching involves submerging the food in boiling water for a brief time interval and then shocking it by placing it in ice cold water. Chef K taught us that most restaurants use this technique to save their ticket times (time frame of order to food delivery).


Our ticket times in class were of course superb especially with the help of all three kitchen assistance. Each time I tried to clean up my own mess someone was there to do it for me. Someone was also always there to refill my water glass. The fruit diffuser water pitcher was simply amazing and I couldn’t describe the feeling I had when the very nice gentleman in the store brewed me a fresh cup of caramel coffee from the Nespresso machine during our break.


In the cooking class at Sur La Table I made new friends immediately and I hated to leave them all so soon. What began as a simple idea turned into the highlight of my day. Although I went solo, I highly recommend taking a cooking class at Sur La Table with a friend, relative, mate, or anyone special. It’s a bonding experience that leads to more than just cooking. Creating any meal is an art, one that can be taught and appreciated if the instructor is passionate and the student is ready..

Chef K instructing Laura and Janine at Sur La Table
Janine and I taking a moment for a selfie
A cooking class inside of a store is dangerous! lol So many amazing gadgets.
Chef K instructing our class at Sur La Table
Kale Salad w/ apples, cranberries, and walnuts
Selfie with my classmates
Kiss the Chef !
Vegetarian Holiday Favorites

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Contact Chef K for private events and catering

Sign up for a cooking class at Sur La Table Somerset

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BravoBravo Detroit

 I spent a beautiful Friday evening with Detroit’s who’s-who downtown at the Detroit Opera House celebrating my first BravoBravo! 

This year sponsored by Italian automobile brand Fiat, the Detroit Opera House was fully decked out with happy people and beautiful automobiles. 

  My short walk to the event felt like a scene from my favorite television show Sex and The City.  God knows I woud not ever walk more than a city block in my heels if I can help it. #RuleofThumb During my walk I totally jammed to Drake on my headphones enjoying the view of Downtown Detroit. 

The handbag I wore to BravoBravo was a black and gold Chanel, one I’ve had for years. It is a classic and favorite of mine, especially being that my one and only eldest sister is named Chanel. My sister Chanel passed away in 2008 from cervical cancer so carrying that bag always reminds me of her presence and energy.

Have you ever been to a party alone? It’s absolutely fun. I always say that I don’t know many people but whenever I go out I run into folks that say, “Hey Yonikka”. It still shocks me.

I ran into a good friend while outside under the Crown Royal tent.  Hello @beautiigonzales I absolutely loved the talk we had. See you soon. 

 I asked her for a selfie. #Selfie with the awesome and beautiful bartender. That Crown Apple was Delish.   The most perfect #photobomb Inside the Opera House. #FeelingMyself#BFF Ed and I taking a #selfie at the #Kuzzos vendor table. I love this red chef jacket on him.   In the Mix room servicing customers. #bravobravo   Bathroom #Selfie 

Is it wrong? I’m loving her side boob action too. 


    Te-Te and I ❤️  One of my favorite Get Ready secrets: Laura Mercier Body Butter in this exact scent. My Lip: Rosewood

Make-Up: #LauraMercier @FlawlessbyEvie #Nordstrom Somerset Collection Troy, MI 










Dress: RVN From

Shoes: Aldo

Rings: Top Shop

Jacket: Top Shop

Hair: @HairBeau 

Make-Up: @FlawlessbyEvie


See you next year #BravoBravo

Birthday Treats

A very B.I.G. Thank You to Ms. Alisha Taylor @ Primm Salon for working my bob. 


May 11 … Just 1day until 29.

      I absolutely loved the scalp smoothie and steam treatment.      #Selfie          

May 12 Birthday They had no idea I was coming for breakfast on my day off but they are my family …. who else would I eat with? #Kuzzos  Regan and Lisa #MyWoes  I am such a happy girl! Yes Universe.   Is that thing on?    Laughing out Loud  World’s best busser/server assistant. Funniest too! Martez  Tez and Teanna its #Selfie time  I love it when they call me “Big Poppa” Have you had The Big Poppa @KuzzosChickenandWaffes ? #Birthday #Treat  Ed and I ❤️ 

I love most of all the love I received from my co-workers on my birthday. I had no idea they loved me as much as I do them. 

  OPI A a good Mandarin is hard to find. #SummerShades

  The face you make when you see the note inside the flowers. 

  Thank You Bestie!

  Thank God for Evie! #LauraMercier #Nordstroms #Somerset #Before

  #After #TasteofTheLions

Rider    Dress RVN                                     

  That moment when.. You decide to step out for a moment so you call an Uber Black.       My best friend is the bartender @Theboscoferndale   #BoscoThursdays May 14    Phil and I       May 15 from the trap to the racks. Mission: find something cute to wear. I’m so Forever 21. 

            Bottle Models Anniversary Party. My bestie is a Bottle Modle @BottleModels 💕      Dress x Handbag Forever 21      @whoisyonni: You’ve got to be brutally honest with these men or else it’s a settlement for sure. 

Laugh Out Loud 


Selfie Stick Mission 😔 #FailMarshall’s has the best dresses. #Fashionista  I found the perfect dress and then my straps broke! Aww fudge. I made it work though.   
I made it more than work.. I look amazing.  YKBEADS #Coral #Red #CC Nails #Essie MarshmellowHello Detroit  Mo’nique put on an amazing comedy show this Mother’s Day weekend at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. I honestly haven’t laughed out loud like that in a very long time. You may remember her from the hit television show “The Parkers” but this wasn’t the Mo’nique that loved to chase professor O. The woman that graced the Masonic Temple stage was her confident alter ego. She was raunchy, she was honest, she was personable, she was spontaneous, she was extremely entertaining. She gave the entire audience life with her amazing soul.  She is The true Queen of comedy.      After laughing out loud comes food. The mirror at Centaur caught a glimpse of Ms. YK yet the service sucked. I ended up leaving because we couldn’t get proper service on the first floor. The third floor at least gave us drinks but the thing is it should never be a struggle. What happened to customer service? Is this the New Detroit? 

Hot Taco Detroit showed us love. Although the line was out the door, the service was impeccable. Thank God it was right next door.   
I absolutely loved the grapefruit Jarrito. I love the word Jarrito. Yummy.   #Selfie   

Big Girls do Big Things

 When you’re in the process of refocusing your energy deliberately … Anything is possible. 
8 Mile hunger pains. TJ Coney Island #Westside  

#BuildInstitute Class 5 of 8 

Marketing, Research, Attracting a Certain Type of Person.   
Always Brewing Detroit. Today I tried the Nicaragua Blend with Hazelnut. 
My classmates are the coolest and they have the coolest ideas. I can’t wait to see it all come to fruition. I’m so excited to grow with them. I love sharing their wins. I love giving and receiving input. I love the energy that we create.   
Mark West Pinot Noir  
I’ll be waiting on the good good news.   
What’s up Kuzzo?! Ms. Ella Joyce #Selfie She loves Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles too. 
Hubert of Sorsaw taught us so much today about attracting a certain kind of person. Thank You.  
Cinco de Mayo @ El Zocalo

 Free Sombrero to the pretty lady. 

#Detroit #MexicanTown #yesterday

6 days until my 29th Birthday 

Something I’ve learned over these past few days is that you are always winning, you are always doing so keep doing it. Whatever in life you want to achieve its already for you. The process / the journey is supposed to be the fun part. 

You must dream and want and then enjoy the process. You must think deliberately and you must live it too. Big girls do big things.

New Kid’s On The Block: Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles Detroit

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles puts good vibes and great food in the atmosphere as the newest addition to the Livernois Corridor on Detroit’s northwest side. Situated in the heart of Fashion Ave, Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles is the official new kid’s on the block and rightfully so.

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles January 27th 2015. 19345 Livernois Ave. Detroit, MI.

After months of building and planning Detroit native and former Detroit Lion’s player Ron Bartell finally opened the doors to Kuzzo’s on January 27th for a soft opening. Now, just one month in arrival before 10 am or earlier is a must if you don’t plan to wait before you are able to have a seat and enjoy the Bartell family’s infamous cinnamon buttermilk waffles.

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles main dining room.

The menu an ode to true Detroit natives with combination platters of popular slang like the ‘Trey-Deuce” or the ‘What Up Doe’ featuring your choice of 3pcs fried chicken, signature buttermilk waffles, cheese eggs and grits. Everything at Kuzzo’s is fresh being a true scratch kitchen. What’s better than Blue Kool-aide or Homemade Lemonade to wash it all down with?

Enjoying a mason jar full of the Blue Kool-Aide and the What Up Doe combo #1 at Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles Detroit.

The name Kuzzo is a play on a term of endearment. It’s meant for anyone who’s a friend, family member or someone from a similar culture. Kuzzo’s restaurant lives up to it’s name in every essence. From the moment that you enter Kuzzo’s Detroit, you can’t help but feel the energy of right at home.

At Kuzzo’s everyone is family and the vibes are so good that you may just want to sit and stay a while. In the corner by the bar you may catch an episode of Girlfriend’s playing on TVOne or in the main dining room a group of hipster’s sitting next to a grandmother and her crew of ladies enjoying a Tender Love and a cup of freshly brewed Michigan Great Lakes coffee.


If you are the one to enjoy the moment perhaps sit and stare out of the glass windows a bit you may notice that Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles is the first of many new buildings and businesses to the Avenue of Fashion. A historic shopping district full of many African American owned small businesses. The new kid’s on the block brought a new energy and this is only the beginning.

Eat @KuzzosChickenandWaffles

19345 Livernois Ave. Detroit, MI 48221



Large Parties Welcome

Parking on street or at Mike’s Market 1 block South of Kuzzo’s

Accepts Cash or Credit/Debit


Hours of Operation

01/27/15- 03/03/15

Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m. – 2 p. m.

Beginning March 3, 2015

8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tues-Thurs

8 a. m. – 10 p. m.Fri-Sat

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun

Closed Monday

This site is the bee's knees