Please register for all classes taught by Chef Joel at the McLean Community Center (MCC) in McLean, VA on their website.

To contact Chef Joel for a Private Cooking Class or other Special Event, please email him at IMG_4092


Chef Joel will be in DC and will be available December 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2018 for classes and special events.

Book Your Holiday Party or Special Event NOW!  Email


Be a Guest at your own party!  Reserve your date now for this year’s special holiday get-together.   Chef Joel will be happy to work with you to make your Holiday Party or Special Event a fabulous, delicious and memorable one.  Chef Joel is a master at ensuring that you and your guests have a fantastic time while cooking together.   Create your own Special Event with a customized menu or choose from this great line-up of popular options:

  • Holiday Wine Dinner
  • Big Red Wine Dinner
  • Bourbon and Beef
  • Bacon, Beef and Big Reds
  • Family Sushi Party
  • Champagne Brunch
  • Bloody Mary Brunch
  • Holiday Dessert Party
  • Chocolate Dessert Party
  • Holiday Kids Pizza Party

Schedule your in-home or on-site Holiday party now!  Email


Holiday Wine Dinner

Roasted Butternut Bisque with Apple Cranberry Chutney and Ham and Cheddar Biscuits (Dry Riesling and Pinot);  Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Sauce Poivrade, Red Wine Risotto with Parsley and Parmesan and Wilted Spinach with Mushrooms and Peppers (Zinfandel);  Tart Tatin with Caramel Port Sauce.  (Port)  $120

Big Red Wine Dinner

Grilled Apricot Glazed Duck Breast with Baby Greens and Herb Salad (Pinot Noir);  Yukon Gold Potato, Shrimp and Bacon Napoleons with Brie (Merlot);  Peppered Pork Medallions with Roasted Garlic and Wisconsin Cheddar Polenta (Zinfandel);  Scandinavian Sugar Cookies with Fresh Berries and Cream Chantilly.  (Port)  $130

Bourbon and Beef

Beef Carpaccio “Old Fashioned” with Bourbon, Bitters and Candied Orange Zest;  Honey Bourbon Glazed Beef Medallions with Bourbon Shallot Sauce, Mixed Mushroom Ragout, Heavenly Mashed Potatoes and Bourbon Glazed Carrots;  Bourbon Bananas Fosters.  Three different Bourbons will be tasted with the meal.  $130

Bacon, Beef and Big Reds

Sweet Potato, Scallop and Bacon Napoleons with Brie and Herbs;  Open-faced Bacon and Beef Wellingtons with Cabernet Sauce, Bacon Studded Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Butter, Bacon and Shallots;  Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce and Crème Chantilly.  (Cabernet Sauvignons)  $130

Family Sushi Party

Miso Soup with Tofu and Peas;  Cucumber Rolls, California Rolls, Shiitake Mushroom Rolls, Wisconsin Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Inside-Out Rolls.  For Dessert, Dorayaki (Japanese Pancakes with Sweet Bean Paste).  (In this class, no raw fish will be used.)  $100

Champagne Brunch

Fresh Tomato, Herb and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Glazed Onions;  “Low Country” Shrimp and Grits with Andouille and Wisconsin Cheddar; Pink Peppercorn Candied Bacon; Mixed Berry Cream Scones with Fresh Lemon Curd.  Served with Mimosas.  $110

Bloody Mary Brunch

Enjoy a Bloody Mary Bar!  Start a Bloody Mary base of tomato Juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and citrus and add any or all of the following garnishes: assorted pickles, Wisconsin cheeses, Wisconsin sausages and fresh vegetable garnishes.  On the menu:  Smoked Trout Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese and Pickled Pimentos;  Open-faced Crispy Wontons with Tarragon Mushrooms and Brie; Sautéed Beef Medallions with Martini Sauce, Potato Puffs and Roasted Parmesan Tomatoes; and Double Chocolate Brownies.  $110

Holiday Classic Dessert Party

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Ice Cream and Raspberry Cake; Cranberry and Apple Tarte Tatin with Caramel Mousse;  Goat Cheese and Lemon Cheesecake with Port Gelée;  Sautéed Bananas with Coconut and Cognac.  $100

Chocolate Dessert Party

Chocolate Fondue with Sugar Crisps and Fruit;  Chocolate Truffle Cakes with Caramel Sauce;   Orange Soufflés;

Olive Oil Fudge Sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream.  $100

Holiday Kids Pizza Party

Fresh Buttery Breadsticks with Homemade Marinara Dipping Sauce;  Personal Pizzas with Honey Whole-Wheat Crusts and Choices of Toppings;  Fresh Green Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing;  and Strawberry Crème Chantilly for dessert.  $75

PLEASE NOTE:  All prices listed are per person, with a minimum of 10 guests per event.  All of the ingredients needed to produce each menu will be provided by Chef Joel, including wine, spirits and beer listed.  If the host wishes to provide additional beverages for consumption during the event, Chef Joel will be happy to consult on wine, spirit or beer selections.  Beverage selections may also be upgraded for an additional charge.

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