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Culinary Arts

Blend Your Own Tea

$29

with Marianne E Russo

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn some high points about various tea ingredients and guidelines for blending. Then go hands-on to combine ingredients to make your own custom 2 oz. blend, which will brew 20-24 cups of tea! Taste and experiment your way through the evening.

Masks & distancing required.

Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie's Tea Company. She studied under experts including Pearl Dexter of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo and tea rooms in the US and abroad.

Culinary Knife Skills

$35

with Moira Rascati

Calendar Jan 26, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Become faster and more accurate with your knife work to create dishes that cook evenly and look professional. Explore proper hand placement and the four fundamental cuts: dice, mince, julienne & brunoise. Chop herbs without bruising or losing flavor and never again cry when cutting an onion. Discover the four knives every chef needs in their kitchen and finish with a lesson on honing and sharpening. Bring a sharpened paring knife, French knife and sharpening steel, if you have one.

Masks & distancing required.

Moira Rascati, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY, has been a sous-chef at Joseph's by the Sea for 25+ years. She has also taught the Garde Manger course at SMCC for 10+ years.

Intro to Tea

$29

with Marianne E Russo

Calendar Feb 10, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Tea is set to be one of the most popular drinks in the 21st century, especially among consumers seeking to keep fit, stay young, and live longer. Explore the history, types, health benefits and how tea is grown and processed. Learn how professionals perform tea tastings while tasting the basic types in class. Enjoy an assortment of tea choices with simple treats to accompany them.

Masks & distancing required.

Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie’s Tea Company. She studied under experts including Pearl Dexter of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo and tea rooms in the US and abroad.

Quick and Easy Sauces

$49

with Moira Rascati

Calendar Feb 16, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Make sauces like a famous chef right in your own home!

Explore preparing a variety of tasty sauces for beef, chicken and two vegetarian entrees.

On the menu: Chicken Alfredo, Stir-Fried Chicken with Garlic Sauce, Chicken Florentine, Beef Provencal, Beef with Spicy Mustard & Mixed Greens and low calorie quick beef saute. Two cold sauces for leftovers will also be prepared. This is a hands on, eat what you make class, so bring your apron, appetite and questions!

Masks & distancing required.

Moira Rascati, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY, has been a sous-chef at Joseph's by the Sea for 25+ years. She has also taught the Garde Manger course at SMCC for 10+ years.

Fermenting Vegetables

$29

with Katherine McCarty

Calendar Mar 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore the process of making your own sauerkraut through the wonders of fermentation. This hands-on food preservation workshop taught by UME Extension volunteers and staff will teach you the basic steps for fermenting. Learn the basics, such as preserving equipment, recommended recipes and ingredients and enjoy the ease of fermentation. Start a batch of sauerkraut, practice the steps towards fermentation and take your first batch home to finish.

Masks & distancing required.

Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Community Educator at UME Cooperative Extension, served with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and has completed the Master Food Preserver Program, an intensive, hands-on training in all aspects of home food preparation.

Quick Meals

$49

with Moira Rascati

Calendar Mar 16, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

30 Minutes or Less!

You can quickly create fast, healthy meals for you and your family. Learn methods that inspire quick meals including: hearty vegetable soup, the big salad, seasonal chicken saute served with creamy lemon risotto, two quick fish dishes and vegetables, too! This is a hands-on class, so come prepared to cook, taste and enjoy!

Please bring an apron and a sharp cutting knife.

Masks & distancing required.

Moira Rascati, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY, has been a sous-chef at Joseph's by the Sea for 25+ years. She has also taught the Garde Manger course at SMCC for 10+ years.

A Pantry Makeover

$19

with Sally Ring

Calendar Mar 30, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

First Step to Healthier Eating 'Out with the bad, in with the good!'

This pantry makeover will help you bring awareness to your current food choices while making space for healthier alternatives. The principles of Traffic Light Eating will be employed to help you understand what foods you should consider stocking your pantry, fridge and freezer with. Learn to read labels to make better choices to support your health and your family's. Class includes activities, handouts and a pantry makeover kit to take home!

Masks & distancing required.

Note: Date changed from original schedule, was Monday, 3/14.

Sally Ring became a Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute after working in the fitness industry for many years. She enjoys educating, motivating and encouraging people to live a healthier lifestyle.





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