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Cooking demonstration at Duffy's on Potomac

June 17, 2009

Looking for a night out? Curious about how chefs prepare restaurant-worthy meals? Pull up a chair at the next cooking demonstration at Duffy's on Potamac.

Duffy's chef Eric Pinchak said the presentation lasts about 90 minutes. Three chefs prepare an appetizer, entree and dessert.

The menu is usually planned the week prior to the event. The next demo, on Wednesday, June 24, includes a chilled shrimp cocktail appetizer and a stuffed salmon entre.

"The chefs here put together recipes for each item," Pinchak said. "One chef does each course, and each course is prepared out in the dining room like a classroom."

Joining Pinchak for the next cooking demo are chefs Ryan Barnhart and Steven Dockendorf.

The setting is informal, and many of the recipes are from the restaurant's menu.

"Sometimes we'll do something that is a little different, as well," he said.

The cooking demos were originally started to show customers how to prepare Duffy's menu items. Dishes can be made easily at home using ingredients found in the grocery store.


While one chef is demonstrating how to make a course, the other two chefs are in the kitchen making the same course, which is served to the customers.

Customers older than 21 also have wine pairings with each course. Servers pour the wine as each course is served and then talk about the wine.

-- Abigail Yeager

If you go ...

WHAT: Cooking demonstration

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24; continues on alternating Wednesdays

WHERE: Duffy's on Potomac, 28 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: $30 per person

CONTACT: Go to or call 301-745-6648

MORE: Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.

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