October 21, 2009
Hidden Kitchen comes back - kind of

The secret wasn't so well-kept for local foodies: book a dinner at the Hidden Kitchen for a particularly unique and personable gastronomical event. For over three years, Dennis and Mary Kercher ran an underground restaurant of sorts in their Land Park home. That was until a neighbor ratted out the Kercher's - rumor has it the snitch was a local restaurateur - and the health department came calling. The Hidden Kitchen was history in April.

But you can now have Dennis Kercher's acclaimed cooking in a setting where all the proper permits are secured. Come check out his cooking classes and demonstration dinners at Whole Foods Market (4315 Arden Way, Sacramento). Look for Kercher to host a hands-on pasta making class on Nov. 22 and more culinary workshops to come. Daughter Marina Kercher, a pastry chef, runs the cooking center at this Whole Foods location.

"It was great while it lasted," said Dennis Kercher, about the Hidden Kitchen's run. "Cooking was never my full-time job. I just did it out of a love for food and wine. The next thing for us is these cooking classes and demo dinners at Whole Foods. We've got a great room in the corner of the grocery store, and it's like Disneyland for foodies."

For more information and to register for classes: Marina Kercher, culinary center coordinator, 916 488-2800 x261;

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