Summer Cooking Classes

Liam stoked on Vitamix A series of fantastic cooking classes are being offered this summer, ripe for the picking.

“The Art of the Vitamix” with Liam Blackmon on July 11 will teach the basics of using a Vitamix, a high-performance blender. Recipes and tips will include nut butters, soups, and blended drinks. Be prepared to learn techniques that can turn simple ingredients into instant gourmet eats.

Sushi is the perfect food for a hot, summer day. In “Summer Sushi” on July 18, Kiyoko Wilcox will show how to prepare Temakizuki, hand-rolled sushi. Ingredients include avocado, cucumber, shrimp, smoked salmon, eggs, and more in order to create classic sushi. Kiyoko will also teach the secret of making Futomakizushi, a thicker type of roll.

Back by popular demand, “Green Smoothie Mastery” taught by Liam Blackmon will cover the health and wellness benefits of green smoothies on July 25. The class will create sweet and savory recipes that are guaranteed by Blackmon to nourish and please.

Are you feeling a tad overwhelmed by that large C.S.A. box or the oodles of choices at the farmers market? Lucinda Tyrell will teach “What to do with those Local Veggies” on August 1. Learn to turn those mystery veggies into great dishes including kholrabi salad with fennel dressing, kholrabi slaw, kholrabi soup, eggplant ratatouille, eggplant chickpea tagine, green salad with raspberry vinaigrette, stir-fried greens, and a local berry dessert.

More classes and descriptions are listed on BriarPatch’s website. All Co-op classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at In the Kitchen cooking school, 648 Zion Street in Nevada City. The fee for most classes (which includes a share of what’s being cooked) is just $30 for BriarPatch owners, and $35 for the general public. For more information or to pre-register, call BriarPatch at 272-5333×129 or email


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