A Vermilion Saturday

A few weeks ago – my friend Megan and I decided to spend a Saturday morning and afternoon out in Vermilion. Random? Slightly. But it ended up being a fabulous time and I want to share the two gems we found with you.

YEARS ago – my friend Kristin told me about this cooking school – Laurel Run – that was out in Vermilion and how wonderful it was.  It’s a tiny little building nestled behind someone’s actual farm house – it’s a very cool set up.  They offer hands-on cooking classes and demos on a variety of topics.  The demo I chose to attend was on holiday baking.

Demo = I get to sit comfortably and enjoy my coffee while someone does the baking for me. It was actually a ton of fun – almost like being on the set of a cooking show.

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It was SO. MUCH. FUN! Next time I’m definitely going to try one of the hands-on classes.

The instructor was very knowledgeable and took answers from the class as she cooked.

For example – my question: What is the difference between salted  butter and unsalted butter and how do I know which to use in a recipe is it just says “butter”?!

Answer: no real difference – they will yield the same end result, one will just be saltier/you’ll need to use less salt in the recipe because it’s already in the butter.

Phew – glad to know I haven’t been doing it wrong all these years. :)

We ended up making five different types of cookies:

  1. Orange Black Pepper Biscotti
  2. Basil Pistachio Shortbread
  3. Lemon Zest Tea Melts
  4. Caramel Maple Pecan Bars
  5. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Tarts

IMG_2094(a few might look familiar – they made it onto my holiday cookie platter. I promised I’d tell you more about them in another post)

#2 was by far my favorite. I have a hard copy of all of the recipes if you are interested! Just let me know!

After a hard morning of baking ;) Megan and I decided to check out a winery we had noticed signs for as we were getting off the highway.

Vermilion Valley Vineyards

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I liked the building itself but something about the wood finish on the gray day we were out there made it remind me of something from a horror movie.  But I’m weird. And you should all know that by now. ;)

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You can do small taste test flights if you stand at the bar – so that’s where we started. I was able to try five wines (probably about a 2-2.5oz pour each) for $5. Not bad at all!

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And all of the wines were actually quite delicious. After picking our favorite – Megan and I sat down and ordered an actual glass and got a quick bite to each. My choice was their 2012 Dornfelder. You can see their full wine list here.

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The restaurant area is open and inviting – and there’s a fun loft that would make an excellent spot for a private party.

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If I lived out in Vermilion this is someone I think I’d go quite often. But that brings me to the only drawback I could find (for me at least). It’s just so far out there. It’s a solid 35 to 40 minutes from Cleveland’s west side. But it’s definitely worth it.

So if you plan to attend a Laurel Run class – make sure to leave time for Vermilion Village afterward. Or – if you just randomly happen to find yourself in Vermilion some day – try to find your way to Vermilion Village for a beverage – you won’t be sorry!


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looks like fun, and the cookies look amazing!

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Hi Allison! Crazy that I hopped over to your blog as I’m a Cleveland west-sider as well! Born and raised in Kansas City, but we’ve been up here for around 3 years. At first, we didn’t really ‘love’ the city but it’s really grown on us and there’s so much to do! Hope you’ll stop by and say hi sometime!

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That looks like my kinda day Allison!! I have one friend out in Vermillion – I think I have a good idea of what our agenda should look like on the next visit :) .

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Vermilion Valley Vineyards was opened by Dean’s cousin! I love that place :)

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I can’t decide which cookie looks more delicious. I think my husband would like the Caramel Maple Pecan Bars the best but I have a feeling I’d be all over the Cream Cheese Cinnamon Tarts. I’d love to get the recipes for these from you if possible. Thanks!

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Looks absolutely amazing! love good wine:))

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Used to work at Laurel Run! Fab place. Went to demo class which included six courses all paired with bubbly for my bday and Just attended a hands on sushi making class that was awesome.

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