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238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

October 2019

Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

From cooking meats and roasting vegetables to properly caring for this kitchen tool you’ll have a lifetime! Join Patrick Higgins and Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips…

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*SOLD OUT! Friday Night Dinner at Aurora Cooks! featuring Grisamore Cider Works 6:30 pm

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$35.00 - $100.00

Our Friday Night Dinners at Aurora Cooks! give you and your friends the opportunity to watch a meal unfold directly in front of you, featuring the highest-quality ingredients and paired with world-class local wines. Every Friday, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins will prepare and serve a five-course meal while you watch and each month we’ll partner with a different Finger Lakes winery to pair each course. Gather around our counter and enjoy the company of new friends—seating is communal and designed…

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Brunch at Aurora Cooks! 11:30 am

October 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$50.00

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. In this edition of Aurora Cooks, we’ll explore the technique of Cooking Brunch. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. The techniques you learn from this cooking demonstration will wow your guests—including perfectly poached eggs, delicate hollandaise, and sparkling mimosas. Chef Higgins has some delicious and little-known recipes (ever heard of a Dutch…

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Heirloom Apple Tasting at Aurora Cooks 5:30 pm

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$20.00

The variety and complexity of apples can be astounding! In addition to world-class wines, the Finger Lakes region also has some of the best terrain for growing apples. The variety and complexity of apples can be astounding for people who are only familiar with the grocery-store variety. This tasting is a celebration of one of our area’s most important (and most delicious) signature foods. We’ll sample several different varieties – paired with delicious local cheddar cheese and caramel sauce –…

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Seafood Demonstration at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

Knowing how to cook seafood can be tricky: bringing out the delicate flavors of a great seafood recipe takes confidence. Knowing how Join Patrick Higgins and Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. Gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away…

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November 2019

Friday Night Dinner at Aurora Cooks! Finger Lakes Wine Edition 6:30 pm

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$35.00 - $100.00

watch a meal unfold directly in front of you... Our Friday Night Dinners at Aurora Cooks! give you and your friends the opportunity to watch a meal unfold directly in front of you, featuring the highest-quality ingredients and paired with world-class local wines. Every Friday, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins will prepare and serve a five-course meal while you watch and each month we’ll partner with a different Finger Lakes winery to pair each course. Gather around our counter and enjoy…

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Poultry Butchery at Aurora Cooks! 11:30 am

November 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$20.00

Having the skills to process a bird, safely and efficiently, is a foundational kitchen skill Join Chef Patrick Higgins at Aurora Cooks This is a technical demonstration for serious home chefs. Having the skills to process a bird, safely and efficiently, is a foundational kitchen skill – essential for getting the most out of your poultry recipes. We’ll walk you through the steps for spatchcocking, which is one of the most effective methods for cooking a whole bird. We’ll also…

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MacKenzie-Childs Cocktail Demonstration at Aurora Cooks! 5:00 pm

November 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$50.00

Hands-on participation includes a taste of the final products! Knowing how Join our master cocktail maker Grace Mattingly and explore the ins and outs of creating a great libation using vessels by MacKenzie-Childs. During this relaxing and informative workshop, you’ll learn about base spirits, what compliments them, and how to reach the perfect balance between heat, acid, and sweetness. Hands-on participation includes a taste of the final product. Please register in advance. Doors open and check-in begins 10 minutes prior…

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Brunch at Aurora Cooks! 11:30 am

November 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$50.00

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. In this edition of Aurora Cooks, we’ll explore the technique of Cooking Brunch. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. The techniques you learn from this cooking demonstration will wow your guests—including perfectly poached eggs, delicate hollandaise, and sparkling mimosas. Chef Higgins has some delicious and little-known recipes (ever heard of a Dutch…

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Tasting Chocolate at Aurora Cooks! 3:30pm

November 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

This exceptional tasting will transform how you think about chocolate. Two words: “chocolate soda.” If that’s not enough to get you interested in this decadent tasting, we’ll also explore the “bean to bar” process of refining gourmet chocolate, while tasting samples from all over the world—including some local treasures. Our chocolates are carefully paired with your choice of beer, wine, or tea. Ending with a warm cup of sipping chocolate, this exceptional tasting will transform how you think about chocolate.…

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Roasting Your Roots at Aurora Cooks! 4:30 pm

November 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

With the right preparation, these humble roots can be transformed into decadent meals all on their own. Fall is the perfect time to start roasting vegetables. When the weather gets cool enough to turn on the oven, one of the easiest and coziest dishes to cook is a big batch of roasted root vegetables. Root vegetables have an undeserved reputation for being boring: they’re often served as side dishes to the main course. But with the right preparation, these humble…

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Twist on Thanksgiving Traditions at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

How many times have you had a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Time to shake things up! How many times have you had a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Time to shake things up! Learn new ways to serve old school Thanksgiving dishes at this seasonal demo. We’ll introduce you to some fun remixes of traditional favorites, with flavors and textures you might never have thought of. These recipes will wow your guests without getting too far away from familiar holiday comfort. While you…

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Friday Night Dinner at Aurora Cooks! Finger Lakes Wine Edition 6:30 pm

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$35.00 - $100.00

watch a meal unfold directly in front of you... Our Friday Night Dinners at Aurora Cooks! give you and your friends the opportunity to watch a meal unfold directly in front of you, featuring the highest-quality ingredients and paired with world-class local wines. Every Friday, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins will prepare and serve a five-course meal while you watch and each month we’ll partner with a different Finger Lakes winery to pair each course. Gather around our counter and enjoy…

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Bacon Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 2:30pm

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$30.00

Bacon is magical. Join Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host.With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying expert techniques in your own home, this 60-minute tasting is an engaging and intimate culinary experience.…

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Butter Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 3:30pm

November 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

The perfect excuse to enjoy some bread and butter. Join Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying expert techniques in your own home, this 60-minute tasting…

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Next Level Sandwiches at Aurora Cooks! 5:30 pm

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$30.00

Careful preparation can take a lunchbox staple and transform it into a hand-held celebration of flavors. Join Patrick Higgins and Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for…

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Braising Demonstration at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

The subtle textures and flavors of fresh, made-by-hand pasta can turn everyday meals into something spectacular. Join Patrick Higgins and Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for…

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*SOLD OUT: Friday Night Dinner at Aurora Cooks! Taste of Finger Lakes Wines 6:30 pm

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

Our Friday Night Dinners at Aurora Cooks! give you and your friends the opportunity to watch a meal unfold directly in front of you, featuring the highest-quality ingredients and paired with world-class local wines. Every Friday, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins will prepare and serve a five-course meal while you watch and each month we’ll partner with a different Finger Lakes winery to pair each course. Gather around our counter and enjoy the company of new friends—seating is communal and designed…

Find out more »

Champagne and Oyster Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 3:30pm

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$40.00

The effervescent, bright acidity of the bubbly and the briny-creaminess of the oysters are a perfect pairing. This sweet and simple afternoon tasting experience will showcase one of the all-time classic food combinations. Successful food pairings are built on pleasant contrast, and this is a textbook example: the effervescent, bright acidity of the bubbly and the briny-creaminess of the oysters are a perfect pairing. This tasting will highlight how different sparkling wines pair with different types of oysters. We’ll shuck…

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Twist on Thanksgiving Traditions at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

How many times have you had a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Time to shake things up! How many times have you had a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Time to shake things up! Learn new ways to serve old school Thanksgiving dishes at this seasonal demo. We’ll introduce you to some fun remixes of traditional favorites, with flavors and textures you might never have thought of. These recipes will wow your guests without getting too far away from familiar holiday comfort. While you…

Find out more »

Tasting Chocolate at Aurora Cooks! 3:30pm

November 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

This exceptional tasting will transform how you think about chocolate. Two words: “chocolate soda.” If that’s not enough to get you interested in this decadent tasting, we’ll also explore the “bean to bar” process of refining gourmet chocolate, while tasting samples from all over the world—including some local treasures. Our chocolates are carefully paired with your choice of beer, wine, or tea. Ending with a warm cup of sipping chocolate, this exceptional tasting will transform how you think about chocolate.…

Find out more »

Champagne and Oyster Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 6:30pm

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$40.00

The effervescent, bright acidity of the bubbly and the briny-creaminess of the oysters are a perfect pairing. This sweet and simple afternoon tasting experience will showcase one of the all-time classic food combinations. Successful food pairings are built on pleasant contrast, and this is a textbook example: the effervescent, bright acidity of the bubbly and the briny-creaminess of the oysters are a perfect pairing. This tasting will highlight how different sparkling wines pair with different types of oysters. We’ll shuck…

Find out more »

Roasting Your Roots at Aurora Cooks! 4:30 pm

November 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

These humble roots can be transformed into decadent meals all on their own! Fall is the perfect time to start roasting vegetables. When the weather gets cool enough to turn on the oven, one of the easiest and coziest dishes to cook is a big batch of roasted root vegetables. Root vegetables have an undeserved reputation for being boring: they’re often served as side dishes to the main course. But with the right preparation, these humble roots can be transformed…

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Making Soup at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $350.00

Bringing all your seasonal ingredients into one pot. Join Patrick Higgins at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. Gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying expert techniques in your own home, this 90-minute demonstration is an engaging and intimate…

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Friday Night Dinner at Aurora Cooks! Taste of Finger Lakes Wines 6:30 pm

November 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$35.00 - $100.00

watch a meal unfold directly in front of you... Our Friday Night Dinners at Aurora Cooks! give you and your friends the opportunity to watch a meal unfold directly in front of you, featuring the highest-quality ingredients and paired with world-class local wines. Every Friday, Executive Chef Patrick Higgins will prepare and serve a five-course meal while you watch and each month we’ll partner with a different Finger Lakes winery to pair each course.Gather around our counter and enjoy the…

Find out more »

Proper Stocks and Sauces at Aurora Cooks! 11:30 am

November 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

Explore chicken, beef, fish, and vegetable stocks, as well as the “Mother Sauces” If you enjoy cooking and only have time to learn one new set of skills this year, stocks and sauces will do more to supercharge your cooking than anything else. Not only are these the bedrock techniques behind countless great recipes – understanding stocks and sauces will allow you to improvise your own dishes. Instead of being bound by other people’s instructions, you can seek out your…

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Cast Iron Baking Demonstration at Aurora Cooks! 6:00 pm

November 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$55.00 - $300.00

Many use their cast iron for searing meats but have you ever thought about baking in your cast iron? Join Patrick Higgins and Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. Gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying…

Find out more »

Brunch at Aurora Cooks! 11:30 am

November 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$50.00

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. In this edition of Aurora Cooks, we’ll explore the technique of Cooking Brunch. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is often the most fun. The techniques you learn from this cooking demonstration will wow your guests—including perfectly poached eggs, delicate hollandaise, and sparkling mimosas. Chef Higgins has some delicious and little-known recipes (ever heard of a Dutch…

Find out more »

Butter Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 3:30pm

November 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

The perfect excuse to enjoy some bread and butter. Join Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host. With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying expert techniques in your own home, this 60-minute tasting…

Find out more »

Bacon Tasting at Aurora Cooks! 12:30pm

November 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$30.00

Bacon is magical. Join Grace Mattingly at Aurora Cooks—the Inns of Aurora’s stunning new demonstration kitchen—for a relaxed and educational tasting experience. After a champagne toast, gather around the island or have a seat at a nearby table as though you’re at a chef’s home kitchen and enjoy all of the comforts afforded by an outstanding host.With delectable tastes and take-away tips for applying expert techniques in your own home, this 60-minute tasting is an engaging and intimate culinary experience.…

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Tasting Cheese with Lively Run at Aurora Cooks! 5:00 pm

November 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Aurora Cooks!, 238 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States
$25.00

Cheesemaker Pete Messmer from Lively Run Goat Dairy in beautiful Interlaken, New York will be joining us to taste and discuss a variety of Come to Aurora Cooks to taste award-winning Finger Lakes cheese! Cheesemaker Pete Messmer from Lively Run Goat Dairy in beautiful Interlaken, New York will be joining us to taste and discuss a variety of their cheeses. You may only think of the spreadable chevre when you think of goat cheese – or you might even think…

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