By Andrea Minick Rudolph
The Cornerstone Coffeehouse is a hub of activity and I am thrilled to have my Zendo upstairs in the same building, in Suite 220! Owners, Sue and Al Pera, are lovely, kind people and have encouraged me in many ways.
I am extremely fortunate I can give cooking classes in Cornerstone’s Culinary Kitchen. My most recent class on November 16th, “Trust Your Inner Cook” was a big success!! Twenty five people came to learn the art of putting ingredients together without a recipe: They enjoyed fennel, radicchio, and arugula salad with orange slices and pine nuts, shrimp scampi, and gingerbread cake with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Many thanks to all of you for being there!
Stay tuned for the next in The Meditative Cook series!
Andrea Minick Rudolph is the owner of Oryoki Zendo
In the wee hours of the morning, as the sun is just starting to blink open its sleepy eyes, the openers at Cornerstone are contemplating breakfast. Some of us grab some cereal before we get here, some of us pour some fruit and granola over yogurt. However, it’s not uncommon for one of us to spring for something else instead: a spoon of ice cream.
And while we realize our parents would be disappointed in us, you must understand: our ice cream is too delicious to resist. And while we have our ice cream available all year round, during the summer you can find some of our constant favorites that you can’t say no to. Delicious strawberry, complete with pieces of berry. Sweet & Salty Caramel Pretzel. Mint Chocolate Chip. And creamy, wonderful black raspberry. Nothing tastes like summer like a fresh black raspberry milkshake!
You can choose from a never-ending repertoire of flavors, along with your favorite kind of cone: standard cake, sugar, and if you’re feeling ambitious, the super waffle cone.
So before vacation ends and school is back in session, make sure you’ve had your fill of summer ice cream. Ask our openers what they recommend, or try any of our flavors in a perfect milkshake!
Just make sure to ask for sprinkles.
A couple of Thursdays ago, here at the Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen we kicked off our summer cooking class series with “Grilling on the Deck”, taught by Chef Chuck LaPorta. This is one of our most popular classes of the year – so much so we had to add a second night! Contrary to most of our classes, which are held in our lovely private back room, these two grilling sessions were held on our spacious front deck, in the open air. As guests arrived and appetites stirred, Chef fired up the grill and started turning the heads of everyone passing by on the street.
The night started off with some grilled diavolo chicken accompanied by grilled italian potato salad, followed by scrumptious other entree samplings, such as grilled salmon with lavender butter and mangoes, stuffed flank steak with mushroom sauce, and this kicker: chipotle & bourbon rubbed sirloin, served on garlic & herb ciabatta with blue cheese cole slaw. YUM. Take a look:
This evening event was just beginning of our wonderful cooking classes yet to come. Starting in July are some delicious options for a summer night out – Bahama Breezes, Under the Tuscan Sun, Mediterranean Masterpieces, and last but not least, an encore of our grilling class, available on two nights!
So if your appetite has been ignited, call us here at the shop or stop by and ask one of our friendly faces for more information on how to sign up!
Exciting things are happening here at Cornerstone this summer, and you’ve found one of them right here! We’re setting out on this new adventure of blogging, in hopes that we can better let everyone know about all we have to offer – delicious snacks, hearty lunches, and of course our superb coffee. Not to mention the upcoming lemonade season!
We’ll also be posting about events and happenings around the shop -like music, art and all the wonderful things that go on in our Culinary Kitchen. We at Cornerstone are very proud to be a part of the community where friends and family can be together. Not to mention our staff here is a wonderful bunch of people, and worth saying hello to. That is to say, we hope that our new corner of the world will help you get to know us a little better! So keep stopping back here to stay in touch!
Upcoming Classes with Availability
Sat, February 15th, 6:30pm
Fri, February 28th, 6:30pm
Hearty Winter Soups
Fri, March 6th, 6:30pm
Chicken Dinner Winners
Thu, March 12th, 6:00pm
Garlic Lovers Paradise
Thu, March 26th, 6:00pm
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
All Scheduled Classes
- Michele Lee Kozimor
- Colette Eckert
- Gail Coleman
- Cornerstone Artists
- Peter Stone
- Antonio Andrade
- Ric A
- Shelba Purtle
- Steven Gellman