With the fine weather and snowbirds having returned to the island, classes at Driftwood Beach Home & Garden are back in session.
Resident Chef Tina Anderson is instructionally entertaining outside behind the store. Just through the back door is a patio tucked between tubs of u-pick flowers and a row of herbs. Picnic tables overlook the canal.
During the demonstration, owner Heather Rippy refreshes mimosas and waters. Anderson cuts nasturtiums straight from the plant to use as garnish. Once the boards are assembled, it’s time to eat.
From sweet to savory, there’s a class for every palate and occasion, and everything is easy to duplicate at home.
Attendees won’t leave with a laundry list of ingredients to buy or recipes that take hours in the kitchen to prepare. These classes are designed for easy entertaining.
“Fast and Fabulous focuses on embellishing precooked or ready-prepared grocery items into exciting and healthy, quick meals,” Anderson said. “Aperitivo (Italian happy hour) was designed to highlight easy, elegant cocktails with snacks for fabulous pre-dinner bites or even a light meal. This is how I love to entertain, and it’s perfect for Florida coastal living.”