Tempe Sister Cities’ Hackett House Fall Cooking Classes

Tempe Sister Cities’ Hackett House Fall Cooking Classes

Bring your family and friends and join us for one or all four dinners.   Relax on our patio and enjoy being served wonderful meals by special chefs.  This season we are pleased to welcome both new and familiar chefs to the Hackett House.  Doors open at 6 p.m. for browsing in the gift shop with a glass of wine from the complimentary wine bar.  Dinner parties begin at 6:30 p.m. and end around 9 p.m.


Paid reservations are required: $50 per person.  (If refunds are required, they will be in the form of gift shop credit).


Register for all 4 Cooking Classes and save $25.

Please read the individual class descriptions below for dates, menus, and to register online.

Kim Rosner Cooks Eastern Mediterranean

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Many of you may not yet know our own Kim Rosner, long-time Tempe Sister City member, mother of Sheridan, 2011 Student Delegate to Skopje, Macedonia, and Spenser who was the 2015 Student Delegate to Regensburg, Germany.  Kim and husband Chris both share a love of the foods of this region.  Chris grew up with it; Kim learned to make these foods from her mother-in-law, Barbara, over the past 30 years.  And where did Barbara get her recipes from?  As with all family traditional recipes, they were handed down from great-grandmother to grandmother to mom. Barbara remembers her grandmother rolling out the paper thin phyllo dough and draping it over clothing racks and wires strung across the house to dry before cutting it into sheets to make the baklava.

Join us to enjoy these handed down recipes in this 4-course menu:
• Fresh pita bread with baba ganoush, labane and hummus spreads..
• Grape leaf rolls of ground beef, rice and spices served over the tomato sauce they are cooked in
• Pork and lamb kibbe over roasted red pepper sauce, accompanied by a refreshing insalata
• Baklava – yes the same recipe that has been handed down for 4 generations.

To register for this cooking class, please call 480-350-8181 or register on-line!


Executive Sous Chef from the Phoenician

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 

Our Hackett House patio is happy that it will once again host one of our favorite chefs—Executive Sous Chef Lee Hillson from the Phoenician!  Chef Lee will again entertain our palates while he entertains us with his stories.  We never know whether to introduce him as an entertainer, comedian or Chef par excellence because he is all of them!  Chef Lee has married since last we tasted his fare—let’s see what he brings us to enjoy this Fall.  Perhaps we might be meeting his family as well!
Menu:  Will be posted when it becomes available.

To register for this cooking class, please call 480-350-8181 or register on-line!


Chef Lisa Brisch

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We have a dream come true with Chef Lisa’s debut on the Hackett House patio.  We know we all love good food; we know we all enjoy meeting the chefs in the valley; we know we care about our health.  Many of us know how to make any dish taste good–cream and butter, right?  Chef Lisa is one of the few who has made it her business to focus on great taste and lighten the fats in recipes.  With her cooking, we don’t have to make a choice between treating our taste buds and caring for our bodies—we get both!  Come for the taste.  Come for the nutrition.  Come for the recipes.  Come for the food science.  Come to taste gluten-free delicious food.  Just come and you’ll leave happy.



  • Autumn Kale Salad – Ribbons of kale in an apple cider walnut vinaigrette with golden raisins and toasted walnuts.
  • Cranberry and Goat Cheese stuffed Pork Tenderloin with a Port Reduction – Pork tenderloin stuffed with dried cranberries and crumbled goat cheese with a drizzle of an herbed port wine sauce.
  • Creamy Polenta with Wilted Greens – Slow cooked creamy stone-ground cornmeal with Parmesan cheese and sautéed spinach and kale.
  • Pumpkin Mousse – Light and airy whipped pumpkin and cream with maple and ginger.

To register for this cooking class, please call 480-350-8181 or register on-line!


Chili Cook-off between Tempe and Phoenix Firefighters

Monday, November 28, 2016 

Who will win this year’s chili cook off?  Only you can tell us as you taste what comes out of the kitchen onto your plates.  Tempe Fire Station # 273, located in the Hackett House’s backyard on McClintock, was the hands-down winner of last fall’s cook-off between three Tempe Firefighting Stations.  Our guests were served each of three different chilis by the firefighters themselves.  They voted and Station #273 won the top prize.  The tradition continues this year with Tempe’s own #273 challenging Phoenix’s firefighters.   Not only will the firefighters be cooking your chili, they will be serving you dinner throughout the evening — just as they have been serving our community throughout the years.  And what chili doesn’t taste better paired with ice-cold beer?   Join us to celebrate our very own firefighters as they dish up their fire house staple!

To register for this cooking class, please call 480-350-8181 or register on-line!

Editor’s Notes

Publish your Community News: We want your local news, business promotions, opinions, press releases, etc. Learn more about My Local News U.S>
Local Event Calendar: Add an event to your local Community Calendar
Realtors® click here: to learn more about Preferred Listing Ads.
Sponsored Content: Promote your business with a paid content article.


No posts to display


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here