Attend Our Cooking Classes At Euphemia Haye | Best of “Things To Do” In Sarasota, Venice & Bradenton

If you are looking for “things to do” in Sarasota, Venice or Bradenton, Chef Ray’s Cooking Classes at Euphemia Haye should be on the top of your list. We call the cooking classes “Lesson Luncheons” because they are taught in a demonstration style; so what that means is, Chef Ray does all of the cooking and you do the eating and drinking! Each class begins with our freshly-baked banana bread and a bottomless cup of our insanely good imported coffee. There’s no skimping here – each guest will get to enjoy a luxurious lunch that includes three courses and each course includes a paired glass of wine. Guests will watch and interact with Chef Ray as he prepares each of three courses in our main dining room. The food Chef Ray prepares is always amazing but his quick wit and lively personality steal the show. The classes are for anyone who wants to learn something about cooking – whether you’re already a “foodie” or just a kitchen novice, Chef Ray says that everyone will learn some useful tips.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule

D’Arcy and I, along with Tom & Beverly Porter of Porter Family Vineyards, are hosting a Crystal River Cruise on the Danube next June (for more information, click here!). In preparation and celebration, I am going to focus the fall classes on food from that area. For me, being of German decent, it is possibly the best food in the world.

– Chef Ray

NOTE: Our online registration system is, currently, down. We are working to have it repaired ASAP. In the meantime, please call Brooke in the office at 941-383-3633 (M-F, 10am-4:30pm) to register! Classes sell out quickly, so we suggest calling soon.


Wednesday,  October 5 • R.U. Hungry? SOLD OUT – waitlist avail

Of course you are. We are all hungry, so Let’s Eat.


  • Bohemian Cucumber Salad
  • Hungarian Goulash with buttered noodles & cabbage
  • Dobos Torte

I am starting the Fall series with some real comfort food. Lunch will be a bit rich, so we will start with a light salad of cucumbers before moving on to the main course: Hungarian Goulash. There are probably as many recipes for goulash as there are families in Budapest! I am going to teach you one from my time spent at Stemmellers White Coach Inn. It is loaded with Hungarian Paprika (a powdered chili pepper common to Hungary), a touch of caraway, and, of all things, a good strong beer. This hearty beef stew was one of America’s favorite dishes in the 60’s. If you’ve not had buttered doodles with kraut, you are in for a surprise and a real treat. Not only is it delicious, but it makes the perfect accompaniment to goulash.

Dobos Torte is our dessert and it is wonderful. If 9 layers of Genoise (thin sponge cake) is not enough, let’s stack some mocha butter cream between each layer, then let’s top it with caramel. Das ist sehr gut. Ya.

Wednesday,  November 2 • Austria or Bust – SOLD OUT – waitlist avail


  • Duck Liver Dumpling Soup
  • Wienerschnitzel and Red Cabbage
  • Linzer Torte

In class today we are taking Austria by storm starting with liver dumpling soup. This is a classic Austrian soup, with a little twist of my own. We will make it with Duck Livers and Duck Consomme. It is a great starter for an Austrian meal.

The main course is the classic Austrian dish, Wienerschnitzel. Wienerschnitzel really means Viennese Cutlet. We’ll take a thinly sliced large scallop of veal, bread it, and sauté it in browned butter. Served with lemon capers and accompanied by some wonderful braised red cabbage, it would make any Wiener (person from Vienna) proud.

But wait! There’s more! A torte from the town of Linz. To me this is really more of a tart than a torte, but who would argue with a delicious slice of Linzer Torte. Ground almonds, lemon zest, and aromatic spices make up the crust of this wonderful raspberry preserve filled dessert. Served with fresh whipped cream, you’ll think you are on the Danube.

Tuesday,  December 6 • What’s an Esterhazy?  13 SEATS AVAILABLE
Wednesday,  December 7 • What’s an Esterhazy?


  • Macédoine Salad
  • Beef steak Esterhazy with dumplings
  • Torta Esterhazy

Evidently, Prince Paul III Esterhazy of Hungary liked to eat because a number of great chefs created some delicious food in his name. We’ll start with a salad that I have done before. But, unless you took that class, many years agon, it is not likely you’ve eaten it. Macédoine Salad is loaded with wonderful steamed root vegetables, onions, & celery. I first made it in my 2nd year of culinary school, a mere 4 years ago. It is mayonnaise based (but can be made with vinaigrette) and has always been a favorite of mine.

Main course today is a braised round steak in a savory sauce finished with sour cream and topped with blanched vegetables. This will be served with vegetable infused dumplings sautéed in butter with onions, so you are sure to get enough vegetables today!

Torta Esterhazy is an almond meringue cake layered with buttercream. Topped with fondant and chocolate swirls, it is not only beautiful but amazingly good.