Even though most of its restaurant dining rooms are closed, The Cheesecake Factory wants moms everywhere to be able to enjoy a delightful Mother's Day brunch this year.
On May 7, the popular restaurant chain will host its first-ever virtual cooking class and everyone is invited to learn how to make one of its most popular brunch items: lemon-ricotta pancakes.
Chief culinary officer Donald Moore will teach cooks at home how to make the sweet dish and another one of the restaurant's newest menu items, a pasta with chicken and broccoli, during the 30-minute demo.
“With so many people cooking at home right now, we thought this would be a perfect time to showcase a couple of our signature recipes that our guests could make at home for their loved ones on Mother’s Day," Moore said in a press release. "I’m really looking forward to it."
There will be two sessions (one at 4 p.m. ET and one at 4 p.m. PT) so folks on both coasts will be able to tune in at a more convenient time. The chef will also be able to respond to viewer questions in real time since the class is being broadcast via Facebook Live. To join the online demo, simply like the restaurant's Facebook page and tune in at your preferred time to view Moore make both dishes.
To help home chefs of all ages and skill levels prepare for the class, The Cheesecake Factory released a shopping list for both recipes (see below).
This isn't the first time the Cheesecake Factory has made a few of its popular recipes available to fans. People can also find recipes for the restaurant's Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Chicken Bellagio, Factory Huevos Rancheros and more online.
With his first Facebook Live cooking demo just days away, Moore is already considering a follow up session.
Said the chef, “If it goes well, we may look to do more in the future. We’ll see!”
The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
- Canola oil
- 1 package chicken tenders
- Coarse salt
- Black pepper, ground
- All-purpose flour
- Garlic, 4 cloves
- Crushed red chili flakes
- 2 heads of broccoli
- 4 ounces rigatoni pasta, dry
- Chicken broth
- Parmesan cheese
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 whole lemon
- Seasoned croutons
The Cheesecake Factory's Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- Vegetable oil
- Ricotta cheese
- Granulated sugar
- 1 lemon, for zesting