Some of the finest cuisine in Cherokee County is likely to be found in the clubhouse at Soleil Laurel Canyon, where four cooking clubs comprised of beginner, novice and expert cookers regularly whip up delicious feasts in Soleil’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Clad in white jackets and traditional chef hats on Tuesday nights, more than 30 men belonging to the Canton chapter of Les Marmitons can be found cooking away in the kitchen.
Les Marmitons is a social club of gentlemen who share a common interest in gourmet food, wine and the culinary arts. Through regular gatherings, members gain knowledge and experience in the preparation and presentation of various fine cuisines under the direction of a specially-selected professional chef. This month’s selected chef, Faye Stein, visited from Woodbridge Inn.
The club cooks on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May. On average, the group prepares for 25 attending members plus the chef and a kitchen helper. Sometimes wives are included as dinner guests so they can experience the fabulous cuisine that has been prepared. Ron Laird, a member of Les Marmitons, said club chefs pay dues, which go toward the purchase of groceries and wine for events.
A typical event begins around five in the evening as members gather to enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine, meet the guest chef, hear the chef explain the menu created for the evening and establish timelines for the meal preparation and service. Members are asked to wear their chef coats and hats and to bring their chef and paring knives, and they are assigned to teams with one member serving as team leader. Each team is responsible for preparing, cooking and serving one course under the direction and guidance of the guest chef. The teams for each event rotate, and the men take turns as event hosts.
Les Marmitons is one of the countless clubs that can be found around the community of Soleil Laurel Canyon. With such a wide array of clubs and social groups to choose from, residents can easily find activities to fit their specific interests.
If perfecting your craft or finding a new hobby sounds interesting to you, check out the many Soleil Laurel Canyon clubs and activities here.