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Culinary Breakdown

Listen up, Foodies: I've discovered a new service - an experience, really - that you'll want to check out: Culinary Breakdown.

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Billed as a "collective culinary experience for the at-home social cook," Culinary Breakdown is the brainchild of Douglass Williams, a renowned chef whose previous experience includes posts at the Smithville Inn in Atlantic City, Harborview Restaurant in the Trump Casino and Resort, and Boston's very own Radius.

Now Douglass has turned his culinary attention to much more intimate gatherings; more specifically, a variety of classes for cooks of all levels that are intended to inspire, motivate and build confidence in the kitchen. Simply tell him the type of cuisine or ingredients you're interested in, and he'll design a menu and cooking experience to suit your tastes. Programs are designed to get everyone involved - learning quick tips, tricks, and trade secrets - before sitting down and enjoying the meal together.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Douglass - and witnessing his kitchen skills first hand -  at a barbecue hosted by a mutual friend. He had us all peeling, chopping, grilling, and searing in no time (let it be known that my blistered tomatoes were a crowd pleaser!), all in the comfort of our friend's kitchen & backyard. And besides the menus and cooking tips, Douglass brings a great sense of humor and flare to the party, ensuring a fun event.

Visit Culinary Breakdown for details on organizing an event, class, or private chef dinner (wine/beer/sake pairings are included in the price!), sample menus, and even a short video on how to butcher fish.

And, see Douglass this Friday when he helps kick off Boston Fashion Week with a complimentary tasting menu at Phenomena 2009, an annual non-profit charity gala that raises money for local and international charities.

UPDATE
: Culinary Breakdown is now live on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow them and get all the latest news and event information!

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