For the dessert course, Chef Thijs demonstrated another Belgian classic - the Vanilla Waffel. Using vanilla beans from Madagascar to season the batter, and then allowing the batter to set up overnight were two main tricks I learned. Chef Thijs stated how "Belgium and waffles go together like two hands on your belly." This saying rang true as we sampled the final product drizzled with chocolate sauce and paired with a robust dark Leffe beer. The brown lager brought out the chocolate undertones and was a nice strong beer for the winter months.
Overall, we had a great time watching Chef Thijs - his charisma shined through each presentation and he made each dish seem approachable to a non-cook like me. He will be leading the kitchen at B Too in Logan Circle when it opens this April. While this class was not hands-on, it was still fun to learn first hand from the Chef and be able to taste each item right away. The beer pairings were an added bonus too. The Culinary Education Crawl on Barracks Row was a huge success - with each class sold out. If you missed it this year, look out for it again next year - I know I will.