Here’s a fun variety of classes in the neighborhood that can teach you about wine, cooking techniques, organics and even how to brew your own kombucha (it requires a mother).
Marsha Trainer, Southwest Minneapolis Patch
From viticulture to organica, there are several seasonal classes budding in the area that will help you grow your cooking techniques and expertise. Here’s a selection of some great and diverse courses that will definitely raise your gourmet IQ. [Kingfield Options See Below!--KFNA inserted]
COOK WITH CORNER TABLE (WITH MUCH PORK)
Scott Pampuch and Corner Table have just announced their fresh round of spring and summer classes, as well as their CSK (Community Supported Kitchen). The two are linked, as the chef will help those who purchase the Farm & Table boxes in a monthly Open Kitchen class (May 3 is the next), where customer cooks can ask specific questions and techniques pertinent to their box of locally-raised and prepared items.
Prices for a single week’s Farm & Table CSK box are $75 for a small (feeds two) and $95 (feeds four), but are less per box if you pre-order for multiple weeks. The April 8th box is set to contain marinated chicken, hickory smoked bacon, grass-fed ground beef, garlic sausages, eggs, pickled greens and onion, apple and parsnip moustarda, fennel and garlic pork terrine and some Sun Street Bread. The items will change each week, following the CSA (community supported agriculture) model of providing what is most in season. The difference is that while CSA’s simply give shoppers the ingredients, the Farm & Table CSK box will have local foods that are prepared for you by Corner Table’s able staff.
Other sessions include “Family Cooking” ($95/adults, $50/kids) for children of different ages and “Pig Love” ($125/person), wherein participants learn to make sausage, pancetta, bacon and more. The classes include an early snack and house-made sodas and finish up with a three-course meal, on Tuesdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Take a peek at the CT blog for more information.
THE VEGGIE OPTION
If you’re more of a herbivore, than Marianna Padilla’s classes at Casa Marianna may be your cup of tea. On May 10, her vegetarian cooking series kicks off with a Condiments course that shows participants how to make their own mayo, ketchup, mustard and more — which cuts down on the intake of fillers and stabilizers (often found in store-bought versions) and the plastic containers that generally end up in a landfill somewhere.
Later in May, she’ll have two homemade pasta lessons using both machine and hand rolled techniques and a range of flour types, and in June she’ll teach two Primavera classes that incorporate seasonal vegetables, fresh local herbs and gathered, wild foods, and give recommendations on how to eat a little lighter during the warmer months. All classes are $60 per person and go from 6-10 p.m., though she does give a discount if you sign up for more than one evening. Contact Padilla via email or phone for details (see link for contact info).
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