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A Wine, Canvas, and Dessert Night with Chef Karen

We recently had the pleasure of participating in a “Wine and Canvas” event in partnership with KaTom Restaurant Supply. It was a fabulous girls night out where guests enjoyed a night of drinking wine and eating with friends. The ladies enjoyed painting a canvas while our own Chef Karen Valentine demonstrated how to prepare some delicious desserts.

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Chef Karen prepared pears in puff pastry, Vacherins with Raspberry Sorbet, and Deep Fried Chocolate Wontons with Passion Fruit Dipping Sauce. Yum!

And here’s a recipe for you to make one at home:

Individual Pears in Puff Pastry Recipe


  • 8 ounces frozen puff pastry
  • 2 large ripe pears
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1T milk
  • Superfine sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Thaw pastry out and roll out to a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut pears in half peel them then use a melon baller an take out seeds.
  • Then starting at the top of the pear cut super thin cuts across the pear like a deck of cards.
  • Place cut pear and place on the puff pastry, take your knife an cut a outline of the pear leaving a half inch border around the fruit, repeat with remaining half of pears.
  • Whisk egg yolk and milk together and brush pears and pastry.
  • Place in a preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool slightly then serve with a dusting of super fine sugar or powdered sugar.

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