This school is in my city and it has an excellent reputation run by one of the best pastry chefs in Chicago. Before you spend a ton of cash to go to the school what is your experience and your goals? Have you worked in professional pastry shop before? Do you want to own your own shop, work in a fine hotel, make chocolates, work on a cruise ship? If you have not worked in the industry then do not go to school. You must work first in the industry at some capacity and then go...
Mine is pretty much the same as @chefwriter 's recipe so I would start there. I would bring it down a bit as those ratios would make a fair amount of tapende. Of course you can freeze it or put it in jars I often do this with pesto and tapenade. And yes, often we used to use Tapende as a sauce for pasta it is great on grilled bread also.
We are almost exclusive aldi shoppers unless we need something extra special or seafood. The wines are some great deals much like trader joes.
@Dagger I would be if you put in a request at your local whole foods they will order some of the Grafton truffle cheddar.