The Culinary Director
Charlotte Ann Albertson has
been directing cooking classes in Philadelphia and Florida for twenty-seven
years. In operation since 1973, her school's enviable status as the area's
longest standing, owes much to her unique combination of talent, training
and total dedication. A Master's degree in Education from the University of
Pennsylvania plus graduate studies at Penn's Annenberg School of
Communication and Wharton School of Business gives her the skills to both
recognize and recruit the finest teachers from the world of food.
Extensive travel coupled with classes at prestigious international
cooking schools, among them La Varenne and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, in
kitchens in the top European restaurants, a summer at the American Embassy
in Switzerland, and Beringer Vineyards in California's Napa Valley, provide
her with insight into current food trends. Her position as consultant to
food and wine companies, libraries and cultural institutions is further
evidence of the high professional esteem in which she is held. She earned
the Delaware Valley Restaurant Association's Panache award for her
significant contribution to promoting education within the food industry.
- Advisory Board: Culinary Arts Institute of
- American Institute of Wine and Food Board
Member: Philadelphia-Delaware Valley
- James Beard Foundation
- Conferie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs
- International Association Culinary Professionals
Founding and Charter Member
- Les Dames d'Escoffier
- Societe Mondiale du Vin
- Culinary Judge: local and national culinary
- Culinary Judge: International competitions in
Banff Springs, Canada and Capetown, South Africa
Ann-Michelle Albertson received
her professional culinary training at La Varenne in Paris. She has worked in
restaurant kitchens in New England. As a high school student, Ann-Michelle
creatively pioneered "Parties in the Kitchen", a 9 year venture
conducting birthday cooking parties for children. She has taken classes at
the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, L'Academic de
Cuisine, Peter Kump's New York and New England Culinary Institute. She has a
Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Vermont and M.S. from
Kristin Albertson has
received culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson
& Wales University. She has an extensive background in
international cuisines and has worked in many kitchens
worldwide. A graduate of Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland
and the University of San Diego, she is a network communications specialist.
During her 35 years as the Philadelphia Inquirer's
restaurant critic and food columnist, Elaine Tait earned
widespread respect and admiration for her insightful, honest and yet
delightfully readable writing. In the process, Elaine managed also to win
the Vesta award (for outstanding food pages) over the country's largest and
most respected newspapers, pen a restaurant guide, "Best Restaurants;
Philadelphia and Environs" that topped the local best seller list, and
edit a cookbook that collected her original recipes. Since leaving the
Inquirer in 1998, Elaine has been indulging happily in cooking, dining,
traveling and decorating. Look for her writing on all the above in national
- Gift Certificates
For holidays, birthdays, showers, and weddings.
- Incredible Edibles/ Garnishing
Group programs for clubs, conventions. Will
Travel. Kitchen facilities not necessary.
- Corporate Meetings
Plan a wine seminar paired with food tastings.
- Corporate Team Meetings
Plan a hands-on class with a favorite chef.
Call for information.
- American Institute of Wine & Food
The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of
Wine & food has very affordable memberships starting at $45.00. Events
include ethnic dinners, educational seminars, and much more! Call for
- Clubs, Organizations, Groups
Charlotte Ann will arrange special events, tours or
classes for groups. Call for more information.
Awarded after 15, 30, 45, 60 classes
Tell us if you are eligible.
- Assistance Needed
Reliable, dependable kitchen help. PR assistance.
Albertson's Cooking School is a small family owned
business that has been catering to the culinary enthusiast for over 30 years
in the Philadelphia area. Our mission is to attract talented teacher-chefs from their
kitchens to share their passion for food with our audience. Relaxed
demonstration classes emphasize techniques, last 2-2 1/2 hrs. and include
tasting and printed recipes. Hands on 3 -3 1/2 hr. participation classes,
wine seminars, dinners and Gourmet Getaways are offered.
What Our Chefs Use:
Albertson's Cooking School proudly
endorses All-Clad Cookware, Plugra Premium Butter and authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano
Cheese. Request discount cards and promotions for these products.
CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING
Looking for a unique way to enhance your team at
work? Why not try customized cooking classes for your group? Plan creative
and fun ways to enhance team camaraderie and learn more about each other
through food preparation, cooking and dining. Excellent Main Line and Center
City locations with professional chefs available to any size group. Culinary
Team Building is designed to encourage creative thinking and build a basis
for positive group dynamics and communication skills. Let us know your needs
and we will get your team working, and eating, together. Overnight
accommodations for out-of-town groups possible. Send inquiries with dates,
time, number of people, lunch or dinner, and special requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
What would you like to accomplish?
CALL FOR INFORMATION: 610-649-9290
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