Cooking Up Some Dinner with Chef Sean Kettley!

When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, there were a lot of things that I thought I would never be able to do. One of my biggest wish list items was to attend a cooking class. (Normally, food is cooked for or by a group of people, so it’s hard to accommodate special dietary needs.)

Luckily, Finbar’s came to my rescue! Every month, they offer a cooking class, and this month’s feature was gluten-free! (We requested this class last month, and were so excited to see it happen so quickly!) We got to watch chef Sean Kettley prepare an amazing three-course meal.

Chef Sean Kettley

Appetizer: Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder with Smoky Apple and Potato

Seafood Chowder appetizer

Main: Chipotle Lime Rainbow Trout Fillet with Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Main Course

Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Warm Fruit Compote



Each course came with a recommended wine or beer pairing. The first course went well with a Chilean Chardonnay. For the second course, our beloved Glutenberg was featured. For the final course, the chef suggested Finbar’s own gluten-free cider!

As a bonus, Chef Kettley also talked about the rise of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, as well as the challenges for chefs and the people they feed. It was an amazing night! Clearly, Finbar’s thought so too, because they’re preparing to do it again. We can’t wait!


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  1. #1 by Ashley Craig on April 18, 2013 - 4:32 am

    Wow, that sounds SO amazing! It has been a dream of mine to attend a cooking class as well, maybe someday I will if a gluten free one seems to be available from time to time 🙂

    Was the food tasty? Did you leave with recipes or anything? Or just a pleasant experience? Even so, I would go to one in a heartbeart provided I had the cash and my car wasn’t being stubborn, haha.

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on April 18, 2013 - 8:27 am

      I would highly recommend it! The food was amazing and we got the recipes for each dish. The dishes weren’t that complicated either – I plan on trying all of them at home. 🙂

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