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.
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:
- Orange Black Pepper Biscotti
- Basil Pistachio Shortbread
- Lemon Zest Tea Melts
- Caramel Maple Pecan Bars
- Cream Cheese Cinnamon Tarts
#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.
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.
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!
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.
The restaurant area is open and inviting – and there’s a fun loft that would make an excellent spot for a private party.
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!