The Cheesecake Factory Is Hosting its First-Ever Virtual Cooking Class

Brunch isn't canceled just because eating out is.

Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

Brunch is a time-honored tradition where we stuff our faces and get inappropriately tipsy off mimosas before 1pm. And while the vast majority of restaurant dining rooms remain closed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, that doesn't mean we've gotta hang up our Saturday morning ritual. It just means we've gotta move it to our own kitchens. 

You don't even have to forego your normal cravings, either. The Cheesecake Factory is hosting its first-ever virtual cooking class, so you can learn to whip up those iconic lemon ricotta pancakes, or even try the chain's latest menu addition, chicken and broccoli pasta. Chief Culinary Officer Donald Moore is taking over the restaurant's Facebook account to live stream the crash course on Thursday, May 7. 

And because you might not have a pantry stocked full of the necessary ingredients, The Cheesecake Factory has provided a comprehensive list of everything you'll need in advance. 

Chicken and broccoli pasta: 

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1-½ cups chicken tenders, cut into ¾ pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped into half-inch pieces
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into one-inch pieces
  • 4 oz. rigatoni pasta, dry
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. garlic butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup Roma tomatoes, oven roasted, cut into half-inch pieces
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 1 tbsp. chopped croutons
Lemon-ricotta pancakes ingredients
  • 1-¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1-½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • 4 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon zest (minced)
  • 2-½  tsp. vegetable oil
The Facebook Live will kick off at 4pm ET and 4pm PT on May 7, so get your chef's hat ready and maybe a few bottles of Champagne for the full-effect. You can also browse the chain's massive selection of recipes, in case those cinnamon roll pancakes are calling your name instead. 

h/t Travel & Leisure

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.
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