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Fresh Starts Restaurant & Bakery in Flossmoor added cooking classes to its schedule of events this winter.

It gives customers an opportunity to go behind the scenes at Fresh Starts and to share some of the restaurant's special recipes, owner Joann Lindholm said.

Last month, our sous chef presented a Valentines and Chocolates class that focused on desserts and a Mardi Gras class that covered "everything from gumbo to bread pudding," Lindholm said.

Fresh Starts' wine dinners, which have been offered off and on for about 12 years, offer instruction about selecting wines.

On March 15, the restaurant plans to present a South African wine dinner, with an instructor from Cape Classic Wines to teach participants as they progress through the meal.

The instructor "will start by explaining about the reception wine, what the grapes are and where the grapes come from. I then talk about the different foods that we pair to it and why. Then we do this course by course. It's normally a 4 to 5 course meal," Lindholm said.

The restaurant, 1040 Sterling Drive, does about six to eight wine dinners a year; prices range from $55 to $60 per person. The concept seems to work well.

"We love to educate people on wine as well as different kinds of food that would go with it. We've done it when we kick off a new menu," Lindholm said. "We gain new customers, customers gain new knowledge of wines."

 

--- Pat Bruno
March 10, 2004

 
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Fresh Starts Makes a Fitting Name for Itself

Fine Dining Waits Along Old Illinois Central Tracks

Starting Fresh

Flossmoor is Fine, Thank You
Affluent south suburb is located off the beaten path
 
  
  

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