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Think You Can Cook? The Offit Kurman Women Take on a Cooking Competition

Recently, the Offit Kurman women came together to participate in a (friendly) competitive cooking class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD. L’Academie de Cuisine offers a culinary arts program, but also individual classes for beginners. The class was led by the Head Chef of Glen’s Garden in Dupont Circle, Stephanie Barrett. Stephanie makes local and seasonal produce and proteins the cornerstones of her cooking. She loves combining international flavors from her travels with local, fresh ingredients, supporting local farms and culinary entrepreneurs in the process. We really enjoyed working with Stephanie and learning some great new techniques.

After receiving instruction and some helpful tips, the class broke off into teams to take on a 3-course gourmet meal. Up first were delicious mini fresh crab cakes with chili aioli, followed by a pan seared salmon with compound dill and lemon butter accompanied by a marinated kale and goat cheese salad. The exciting finale featured individual molten lava cakes, a favorite among the group! During the competition, we learned some new facts about our colleagues – someone was trying salmon for the very first time while another was cooking it for the first time! The judge tasted all of our plates after each course, making it feel as if we were on our own episode of “Chopped”. Following a close competition, the winning team comprised Franny Wilburncommercial litigation attorney, and Lucia Nieves – family law paralegal. Congratulations to all on such an amazingly prepared 3-course meal.

At Offit Kurman, women make up 30% of all lawyers and 44% of the firm as a whole. Our aim is to create a group that promotes women in business, and through these developmental and social initiatives, establish an outlet for supporting one another personally and professionally.  Look out for more of these business connection events in the future.




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