Are you thinking fresh when you visit the market? Are you wanting to use more local produce but having a difficult time planning meals around what’s in season? Learn how to cook seasonally and prepare your meals with fresh, sustainable ingredients at one of the many culinary classes currently being offered as part of the 21 Acres School.

Culinary classes begin May 17th and will be offered throughout the year on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at various times. Classes are hands-on and small class sizes allow direct interaction with the chef instructors. The majority of ingredients for the featured menus are certified organic or pesticide-free and are sourced through the 21 Acres Market and additional local farm connections.

Along with core culinary skills, such as bread and cheese making, preserving and knife skills, class themes include farm-to-table menu planning; cooking with raw ingredients; dinner parties and special events; meals from simple ingredients; wine and food pairings; outdoor grilling; and special diets and allergy-free cooking.

Upcoming culinary classes scheduled for May and June are: Raw Food Vegan; Spring Dinner; Cook for a Week; Water Bath Preserving; Gourmet Grilling; Intro to Food Processing; Farm Fresh Soups; Tapas and Local Wine; Home Bread Baking and Spring Brunch.

New Culinary Class Director, Gill Dey, is the newest staff member at 21 Acres. Dey has trained as a home economist and has over 25 years of experience as a magazine journalist, book editor and food consultant. She is a cookbook author, food writer and organic gardener. “I have high expectations,” Day said, “for meeting the gustatory demands of our students. We plan to offer hands-on learning experiences in food preparation and cooking for people with all types of skill levels.” Along with Dey, local chefs and instructors come to the 21 Acres School with backgrounds from the New York Culinary Institute, the California Culinary Academy and Seattle Central Culinary Arts.

Located in the new green-built Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living at 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville, WA  98072, the 21 Acres School offers both multi-day and one-day courses and classes aligned under our focus areas: Growing, Eating, Living. Faculty possess diverse backgrounds related to sustainability and have excellent reputations of helping people learn how to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems that support sustainable agriculture.

Download the entire Culinary Catalog at Register early, class size is limited. You can also find information about 21 Acres on Facebook and Twitter @21acres.

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