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3 more days before im off to vermont for KA Bread Baking class

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koloatree

3 more days before im off to vermont for KA Bread Baking class

anything i should bring to prepare? i am going to be driving from south jersey all the way up to vermont so its going to be a journey. i will be bringing a camera and a notepad. anything else for the 3 day class? also, any nice places to eat on the way up there?


 


thanks!

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davidg618

I know you'll enjoy it. I recommend you take a camcorder if you have access to one. I've found the videos I took of each demonstration--I recorded sound and close-ups of the intructiors' hands--a valuable reference when I got home. One instructor taught a unique kneading method, combining aeration and frisage (sp?) with stretch and fold that I've never seen written nor recorded, and my video helped me refine my attempt to copy it at home. Also they are good references for shaping loaves.


Have a great time!


David G.


P.S. We drove from Florida.


 

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koloatree

i believe i read in another forum post that Jeff Hammelmann disallows video recording during class?

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davidg618

but the course I took "Artisan baking at home" wasn't taught by Mr. Hamelman; it was taught by four of the other bakers/instructors. They encourged us to use our video cameras, and still cameras.


I understand Mr. Hamelman only teaches the Master courses, but, of course, the best thing to do would be call.


BTW, one of the staff sold me Vermont maple syrup for $10.00 a quart. I arranged it through one of the staff instructors. That's best price I found. I paid $16.00 for a quart of grade B, at the Dartmouth COOP, which I like for baking, and the KA connection didn't have any. I brought home 5 quarts.


Just across the bridge at White River Junction on I-89, in Lebanon, NH is the 7-Barrel Brew Pub. It was established by Greg Noonan, a legend among homebrewers, Very good craft beers, and excellent pub food. I recommend the Muligatawny or the Cockileeky.


David G

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Judon

and stop in our lovely city of Saratoga Springs.


Friends own and operate a world-class bakeshop here called Mrs. London's. The baguettes, bread and pastries are really something for the eye to behold. Here's a quote from their website - Molly O'Neill wrote in the New York Times that "Mrs. London's would be much more at home on the Right Bank of Paris than in a resort town upstate." www.mrslondons.com


And for lunch...their son Max has opened an amazing restaurant right next door. www.maxlondons.com


Keep heading north and you'll see the southern end of the Adirondacks and if you wanted to go a little out of your way Lake George is amazing. We still have glorious color on the trees.


About 1/2 north of Saratoga you can head due east into Norwich. This may even be  quicker than going through NY, CT, and MA.


Whichever route you take enjoy your class. We look forward to hearing about it.


Judy

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koloatree

thanks, i will definitely look into driving by. i love me some small home town feel.

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jacobsbrook

Welcome to my neck of the woods.  While up this way there are many wonderful places to sit back and relax.  Good eats can be found in Hanover as well as WRJ, Lebanon and W. Lebanon.  Its just a matter of what you are looking for.  The Co-op is pricey but has many worth while offerings.  For maple syrup you might want to visit one of the local sugar houses or just stop by Dan and Whits in Norwich.    That place is a hardware, grocery, general store...  Definitely a quaint place to check out and only about 5 minutes from KAF.  For any other questions ask the folks at KAF.  All should be locals that know the area.  Nothing up this way is hugely advertised.  You gotta ask the locals.  Enjoy your trip.  Coming from S.Jersey, I always took the GW and drove straight up 91.  It usually took me 7 hours from Brigantine.  I'm sure you will have a great time at KAF.

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koloatree

thanks for the suggestions. quick question, my wife and 2 yr old may join me, however i am not sure what activities they can do while i am in class. i heard most stores in the area close around 5-6pm. is this true?

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jacobsbrook

Hanover is a college town so the stores don't close that early, but with that said there aren't the big box stores here.  For the two year old the Montshire museum, which is also 5 minutes from KAF is a great kids place.  It is a great hands on place which includes an area specifically for the little ones.  In White River there is a small railroad museum.  It just depends what they would enjoy to do.  There aren't big malls here.  I know when my little guy was that age I just walked for hours in the malls to pass the time.  You can e-mail me with a list of what your wife may enjoy to do and I can give suggestions.   You can reach me via e-mail at talk_to_us@jacobsbrookcampground.com .   I'll have a better idea what to suggest if I know what they are looking for.


Enjoy!

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EndicottNYItali...

Lucky you!  Have a great time....