Sunday, January 26, 2014

A New Year, Start Creating Your Own Cooking Memories w/ A Pinch of Salt

Host your own private cooking party with A Pinch of Salt!

A Pinch of Salt has kicked off the new year already celebrating bachelorette, engagement and birthday parties!  Thank you to all the clients for allowing us to be a part of your special day.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fall/Winter and A Pinch of Salt

Dear A Pinch of Salt Fans,

I have been adjusting to motherhood, but rest assured that I have been exercising my cooking skills.  I have taken Aidan into the kitchen and with his passion for all things new I have tested some new recipes, baked a few cakes and prepared my little guy some homemade baby food highlighting items from the farmer's market! 

I have returned to work part-time for Wellness in the Schools were I provide training to cafeteria staff and have the privilege to teach preK-8th graders the importance of making healthy eating choices!  I have also done a few cooking classes/demos at the Riverside Farmer's Market and completed two cooking series with Cooking Matters in Bridgeport, CT! 

While I have not yet returned to providing at-home classes or group cooking classes just yet, A Pinch of Salt is back on track with private cooking parties in time for holiday team building events and private celebrations.  Contact me should you wish to host your own cooking party of 8 or more. I will also be issuing gift certificates in time for the gift giving season!  And as a reminder A Pinch of Salt is now providing services in parts of Connecticut!

As always I wish you and yours a wonderful Fall/Winter Season and I look forward to touch base with you.   Any questions reach me at

Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Update & New Classes to Come!

Dear A Pinch of Salt Customers, 

I am very proud to announce that my husband and I welcomed our first child in December right before the holiday season! Baby Aidan is healthy and beautiful. While we are obviously running on none to little sleep, he has already proven to be a blessing.

What does this mean in terms of A Pinch of Salt cooking classes? Well I will be back to running group cooking classes and at-home classes as of this spring (hoping early April).  In the meanwhile please feel free to drop a note, purchase gift certificates, suggest themes or menus for upcoming classes or just write to say hello! 

Please know new menu ideas reflecting seasonal spring cooking & ingredients will be posted soon so check back soon!  

I hope that this announcement finds you well and that you are cooking up a storm! 

Happy Cooking, 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Addams Family Inspired Group Cooking Class

Congratulations to Judith of Fooditka for winning 4 tickets to The Addams Family Musical as a part of signing up for our Addams Family Inspired Cooking Class last Sunday!

Inspired by the spookey musical, guest prepared Shrimp & Octupus Ceviche, Coffee Rubbed Ribs, Red Wine Risotto & Roasted Cauliflower-Sweet Potato Medley and for dessert warm Chocolate cakes with Strawberry Coulis. It was a great class--guest left full, content and ready to share their recipes with friends and family this holiday season!

Want more pics? Visit me on Facebook at Raquel Rivera-Pablo

To sign up for classes or to subscribe to our mailing list email me at or visit my site at

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Cooking!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Pinch of Salt Calendar of Group Classes

Dear Customers,

Below are a list of upcoming group hands-on cooking classes. Classes are small max 8 students as our goal is to provide you with an intimate learning environment. Please look over the classes and feel free to email any ideas for future classes or any suggestions! FYI, with advance notice we can accommodate vegetarian friendly diets.

2012 Calendar of Events:

Tuesday, January 10 What's For Dinner 6-9pm--SOLD OUT!
Learn to make 6 quick, satisfying meal components perfect for weeknights and dessert! Mix them up and build your repertoire!
Menu: Pasta Puttanesca; BBQ Pork Chops; Roasted Smashed Potatoes; Chicken Tagine; Curried Cous Cous; Peanut Asian Noodles and Pot de Creme for dessert

January 15 Slimming Down w/ Style 3:30-6:30pm --SOLD OUT!
Menu: Winter Greens with Roasted Pears and Caramelized Fennel Salad, Pan Seared Fish (Halibut or Salmon), Cauliflower Puree and Garlic Infused String Beans; Lemon Scented Meringue with Raspberry Coulis for a light yet delicious dessert!

Tuesday, January 24 Eat Your Veggies! 6-9pm--SOLD OUT!
Menu: Winter Salad with Pepitas, Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pear; Leek-Swiss Chard-Fennel Baby Lasagna, Creamy Cannellini Beans and Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Sweet Potato Hash. For dessert, chocolate molten cakes with a berry sauce!

January 27 Pizza Making Workshop 6:00-9:00pm
Menu: Learn to make homemade pizza dough, how to roll, knead and make pizza like the pros! Various toppings available so you can prepare a few classics or have fun creating your own favorite! Side components: House Salad w/a Homemade Vinaigrette & Croutons and Freshly made Garlic Knots! Dessert? Tiramisu!

Friday, February 3 No Tex-Mex Here! 6-9pm
Ever wonder how to make fresh corn tortillas? Well Viva Mexico! Here we will prepare:
Menu: Guacamole & Pico de Gallo for dipping; Homemade Corn Tortillas for our Chicken Enchiladas served with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Build Your Own Chicken Tacos and save room for Tres Leches Cake!

February 12 Valentine's Day Menu 3:30-6:30pm --SOLD OUT
Menu: Seared Scallops with Mixed Greens & Shallot Vinaigrette, Hanger Steak w/ Red Wine Sauce; Garlic Mashed Potatoes and String Beans with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chocolate Molten Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream

February 17 Ravioli Making Workshop 6:00-9:00pm--SOLD OUT!
Make some dough, knead and roll out thin succulent raviolis from scratch!
Menu: Ricotta Basil Raviolis w/ a Rustic Tomato Sauce; Butternut Squash Raviolis with Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Fennel-Tarragon Pesto with Fresh Ricotta Ravioli and Warm Apple-Pear Crumbles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Friday, March 2 Eat Your Veggies! 6-9pm
Menu: Winter Salad with Pepitas, Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pear; Leek-Swiss Chad-Fennel Baby Lasagna with Creamy Cannellini Beans and a side of Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Sweet Potato Hash. For dessert, chocolate molten cakes with a berry sauce!

Friday, March 9; 16 and 23rd Start from the Basics 3 Part Series! 6:30-9:30pm

Want to gain comfort in the kitchen? Join us for a 3-part class and learn the basics in a easy going, unintimidating manner....soon enough you will be cooking like a pro!

Where: The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, basement level 263 West 86TH Street; New York, NY 10024 (#1 train to 86th Street Station)

Cost: $95 per person or $175 for 2 people, includes a glass of wine with dinner, unless noted! Please Mention Any Discount Prior to Reserving!

Cancellation & Other Policies:

*Classes without sufficient enrollment will be cancelled, all students will be notified and a full refund will be given.

*There are no refunds given or credit issued when fewer than 48 hours notice from the class start date is given.

Until then stay well and Happy Cooking!

Chef Raquel

Sweet Success!

As you may know yesterday was our Edible Gift Workshop and it was a sweet success! We made orange marmalade, jam filled thumbprint cookies, truffles, coconut macaroons and freshly popped popcorn with caramel and chocolate. Heavenly! Now the studens have some great ideas on gifts to prepare for coworkers, family/friends and for whoever has an appreciation for sweets.

If you missed this class, be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you can be a part of the various classes A Pinch of Salt is offering.

Happy Cooking!

Chef Raquel

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Edible Gifts/ Cookies & More Workshop (Class)

Thinking of gifts for the holiday without breaking the bank? Then why not giv edible gifts this year. 1. They are guaranteed to be enjoyed 2. There fun to make and present well as gifts. 3. They come from the heart and made by your own two hands!

Sign up for our Edible Gifts Cookie & More Workshop on Sunday, Dec 11th and learn to make a few great cookies--and a homemade jam--for gift giving, to leave for Santa, or to nibble on yourself!

When: Sunday, Dec 11 at 1-3pm

Where: 263 West 86th; NYC 10024

Chocolate Meringues
Jam Filled Thumbprints
Coconut Macaroons
Peppermint Bark
Orange Marmalade

Price $60.00 per person or 2 for $100

To RSVP for class email Hurry spots are limited!