Upcoming Workshops

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Those in the Washington DC area, Charlottesville area and in the Piedmont, who are interested in cooking or kitchen gardening may be want to take a look at my upcoming cookery and kitchen garden workshops in Washington, VA in Rappahannock County. Also listed on my web site here and here. Attendance (especially in the cookery workshops is limited, so register early if you are interested.)

  • Gardening Workshop: Start Your Own Vegetable & Fruit Transplants from Seeds.

Offered on Saturday February 28, 2009, 2:00 to 4:30 and again (same class) on Wednesday March 11, 2009, 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
Learn when and how to start specific seeds indoor in flats and pots for later transplanting and which ones are better direct-seeded. We will review sowing calendar for various plants (vegetable, fruit, herbs and even some edible flowers), appropriate soil(s) to use, germination conditions, light requirement, care after seedlings emerge, how to harden seedlings off, good transplanting techniques, fertilization practices, pest and disease control. Participant will choose seeds from the instructors’ collection to start up to two flats. They will take their flats home to tend and transplant at the appropriate time. Handouts will be distributed. All supplies (flats, pots, seeds, soil) provided. Bring your own apron & gloves! $45 person / $75 for 2 people sharing trays.

  • Cookery Workshop: Provence in Rappahannock/ Saturday March 14, 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

Learn to prepare a festive Provencal style Sunday lunch (a meal suitable for dinner too, of course!) using ingredients readily available in late winter: Cream of Leek and Potato Soup; Roasted Duck with Olives; a Provencal Vegetable Gratin; Winter Mesclun Salad; Fresh Lemon Tart. Then sit-down to enjoy lunch of the just-prepared dishes. Printed recipes provided. $75/ person

  • Gardening Workshop: Kitchen Garden Primer /Wednesday March 25, 2009, 1:00 to 4:30 PM / Rain date Wednesday April 1, 2009, 1:00 -4:30 PM

A great class for beginners and great review for gardeners of intermediate skills: learn all the practical basics of plant selection, seed sowing, planting & transplanting, succession planting and interplanting and other sound kitchen garden practices. Hands-on class with hand-outs. $45/ person

  • Gardening Workshop: Kick Start Your Kitchen Garden /Saturday April 18, 2009 – 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

This intense workshop is designed to give students a good start on planting their kitchen garden. It will discuss & demonstrate soil preparation & composting; which common and not-so common herbs, vegetables, and fruit to start from seeds and which to buy as plants; how and when to plant & transplant; how to maintain the garden; useful tips to increase productivity and improve sustainability; and techniques to extend the growing & harvesting seasons; dealing with pests & attracting beneficial insects. $45.00/ person

  • Gardening/Cookery Workshop: Growing & Cooking with Herbs ( Saturday May 23, 2009 – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM)

In mid-summer, many herbs reach a peak of lushness and flavor. Come and learn about the lore and cultivation of reliable favorite herbs – as well as more unusual ones. This is the prefect time to harvest many herbs to dry, to make herbal vinegars, unusual ice-teas, etc … We will show you how. Also learn how to incorporate herbs in your everyday cooking and in simple yet sophisticated special dinner dishes! We will demonstrate the making of several dishes featuring herbs (appetizer, main, side, dessert) and give you recipes to replicate at home – but only after you’ve had a chance to sample everything we made for lunch. $65.00/ person

  • Cookery Workshop: Very Cool Desserts (Saturday June 20, 2009 – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM)

In this workshop, we’ll learn to make sorbets & ice-creams using the abundant summer fruit, as well as panne cotta, charlotte, layered cold desserts and some unusual beverages. We don’t need to heat-up our kitchen to produce dreamy refreshing desserts! Recipe and degustation included. Make it a dessert lunch! $65.00/ person

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