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Class & Event Schedule

Join us as we share in all things sweet & savory Welcome to Kitchen Outfitters’ Classes and Events Page! Discover cooking classes and demos, meet ups with local culinary crafts people, cookbook swaps, trunk shows and sales and events in support of our local community. Also, be sure to check out our community partners: AB Farmer’s Market, New England Culinary Guild, Edible Boston, Discovery Museum, and Thoreau Club. Members may enjoy Kitchen Outfitters discounts. Please inquire! Curio Spice Company – Get to know a local vendor Get a taste of how good spices can enliven simple, hot-weather cooking! Susan Turner of Curio Spice will be in the shop to share samples and recipes using several of Curio's spice blends. Stop by and try some grilled sweetcorn with lime butter and Chili Today! Vadouvan curried egg salad with microgreens, and no-knead focaccia topped with Ferla Spice (a brand-new blend of Sicilian wild-harvested herbs, sea salt, with just a touch of chile). And, you'll be able to sample Curio's turmeric latte, which is refreshing served over ice. Date of Event: Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 11am – 2pm Cost: No charge, drop in demonstration Essential Knife Skills- with Catherine Walthers (Hands on) Knowing how to use a good, sharp chef’s knife is one of the most important and useful skills you can have in the kitchen. This hands-on class is designed to improve your everyday knife skills so you can become faster and more efficient in the kitchen. We’ll also learn about a variety of blade shapes; practice honing and gain an introduction to sharpening. Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area as a private chef cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Raising the Salad Bar, Kale Glorious Kale & Soups + Sides. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at catherine_walthers. Catherine has been teaching cooking classes since 2012! Date of class: Monday, September 9, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $65.00 each student Oktoberfest cooking - with Mark Valentine The Oktoberfest, held since the year 1810, is an important part of Bavarian culture celebrating local beer and traditional foods. For the fall Octoberfest cooking demonstration, Chef Mark Valentine will begin with Wild Mushroom Strudel. He will continue with Reiberdatschi, a German variation on a potato pancake. He will then explore Schweinbraten, a beer-braised pork shoulder, and the traditional side dishes of Braised Red Cabbage and Spätzle (a type of pasta made with fresh eggs and found in the cuisines of southern Germany). For a sweet finish we will create a Baked Apple Cake with local apples. Mark Valentine is the owner and Executive Chef of Kitchen to Table Foods. He was classically trained in France, and has cooked in Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Nantucket, and Boston. His restaurant experience includes Chez Panisse, Stars Restaurant, and Zuni Cafe. Mark has been teaching cooking classes at Kitchen Outfitters since 2015! Date of class: Wednesday September 11, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $75 each student Cake Decorating 101 - with Jen Stone (Hands on) Have you ever wondered how those beautiful cakes are crafted? What the difference between American and Swiss Meringue Buttercream is? How to layer and decorate your own work of art? Join us for a hands-on introductory class on cake decorating. You will learn step by step how to build and decorate your own masterpiece, using a variety of pastry tips. You will practice different designs and patterns before choosing how to decorate your take home cake. Ruffles, roses, as well as borders and a solid foundation of color palette are a few of the skills you will learn. Jen Stone completed the professional pastry program at Cambridge School of Culinary arts with honors. She has worked at Verrill Farm in Concord, Bisousweet Bakery in Shirley and has had a home business doing custom work and teaching kids classes. She loves working in the kitchen and sharing her passion (and baked goods!) with others. Date of class: Monday, September 16, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $85 each student The Best Veggie Burgers and More - with Catherine Walthers If you love burgers, branch out. In this class we will make some awesome veggie burgers, along with go-to salmon and turkey burgers. Instructor Catherine Walthers, who has been on a multi-year quest for finding the best veggie and grain burgers, will give tips for creating and packing the most flavor into these wholesome patties you can make at home. All can be made ahead, perfect for a party or crowd and delicious, with or without a bun. Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area as a private chef cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Raising the Salad Bar, Kale Glorious Kale & Soups + Sides. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at catherine_walthers. Catherine has been teaching cooking classes since 2012! Date of class: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $75.00 each student Fresh Pasta Making - with Giulio of Seven Hills Pasta Join Seven Hills Pasta Co.'s own chief "pastaio" Giulio Caperchi in a culinary journey exploring Italy through its different shapes of pasta. Learn how to make Orecchiette from Puglia, Gnocchetti Sardi from Sardinia, and Tortelloni from Mantua. Giulio will demonstrate the basics of making pasta, discuss different varieties of flour, and delve into the history and culture of the world of pasta. We will finish the class off by sampling some freshly made Gnocchetti Sardi in a slow-braised beef bolognese sauce (a vegan option will be available as well). Giulio and Carol Caperchi established Seven Hills Pasta Co. in 2016. With the aid of their custom-made pasta machines imported from Italy, they began a small family owned food business specializing in artisan dried pasta. All of their pastas are extruded through bronze dies and slowly air-dried for over 24 hours. Date of class: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $75 each student Cookie Decorating - with Maggie Peterson (Hands On) In this beginner class you will learn several different royal icing techniques. Maggie will demonstrate how to make royal icing, including thinning royal icing to the correct consistency for decorating cookies. You will learn the techniques for outlining cookies, flooding with icing, wet on wet decorating and using royal icing to create hard decorations to enhance your designs. We will provide everything you need to create your own masterpieces: baked cookies, icing, and techniques. Maggie Peterson is a Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier. After getting her Pastry Chef degree she worked in a fine chocolate shop for 4 years. She received her Master Chocolatier training at Valrhona E'cole du Grand in Tain-l'Hermitage, France and has attended other specialty courses at the French Pastry School in Chicago. She currently divides her time working at Goodnow Farms Chocolate, Miam Miam Macaronerie and Pomfret Chocolates. Date of class: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $85 each student Scones – A Drop in Demonstration Join us to learn the ins and outs of scone making! These flaky gems can be made slightly sweet to have with jam and cream or savory to have with a bowl of soup or chili. Temperature of butter, lamination and what makes a scone crispy on the edges and tender in the center. You will learn everything you need to know to ensure perfectly baked scones time and time again. Date of Event: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 11am – 2pm Cost: No charge, drop in demonstration Essential Knife Skills- with Catherine Walthers (Hands on) Knowing how to use a good, sharp chef’s knife is one of the most important and useful skills you can have in the kitchen. This hands-on class is designed to improve your everyday knife skills so you can become faster and more efficient in the kitchen. We’ll also learn about a variety of blade shapes, practice honing and gain an introduction to sharpening. Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area as a private chef cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Raising the Salad Bar, Kale Glorious Kale & Soups + Sides. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at catherine_walthers. Catherine has been teaching cooking classes since 2012! Date of class: Monday October 7, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $65.00 each student Cookbook Swap Join the fun at our Annual Cookbook Swap! Bring up to 9 cookbooks. For each book you contribute you’ll receive a ticket to take another that strikes your culinary fancy. Be sure to enter our raffle for one of our new favorite cookbooks. Adults & Children over 12 years of age. No Special Diet Books please. No cost to participate. Please bring only books that are in good condition; no torn pages, stains, notes, etc. At the end of the night, any remaining books will be donated to the Acton Public Library. Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 6:00-7:30pm Cost: No cost to attend Master Sauces – Chinese Cooking with Helen Chen Helen Chen, chef and expert on Chinese cooking will be here at Kitchen Outfitters teaching about Master Sauces in Chinese cooking. Using these sauces in vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes highlights the versatility of a Master Sauce. Helen will be demonstrating the following: Cashew Shrimp, Sichuan Green Beans, Oyster Sauce Fried Rice, and Mandarin Orange Sesame Chicken. The daughter of Joyce Chen, and widely acknowledged in the United States as an expert on Chinese cooking, Helen brings her Asian expertise to the art of cooking. She understands the needs of the American cook as only a native can, yet she is intimately knowledgeable about the culinary practices and philosophies of Asia. www.helensasiankitchen.com Helen has been teaching cooking classes at Kitchen Outfitters since 2010! Date of class: Monday, October 21, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $85 each student Autumn in Normandy - with Mark Valentine The cuisine of Normandy in northwest France is a reflection of the abundance of its farms and orchards, marrying local ingredients with abundant local seafood from the coast. In an exploration of the classic cuisine of this region, Chef Mark Valentine will begin with Marmite Dieppoise, Mussels steamed with Cider and Cream. He will continue with Sole a la Rosalie, a Baked Sole with sorrel sauce. He will also explore Poulet Vallee d’Auge, a Roast Chicken with Calvados and Apples. For a sweet finale, he will create a classic Tarte Tatin, a beautiful baked upsidedown apple cake. Mark Valentine is the owner and Executive Chef of Kitchen to Table Foods. He was classically trained in France, and has cooked in Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Nantucket, and Boston. His restaurant experience includes Chez Panisse, Stars Restaurant, and Zuni Cafe. Mark has been teaching cooking classes at Kitchen Outfitters since 2015! Date of class: Monday, Ocotober 28, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $75 each student Cooking classes are held in the store: Kitchen Outfitters 342 Great Road Acton MA 01720 Classes are demonstration, unless "hands-on" is noted in description. Kitchen Outfitters provides everything that you will need during evening classes; including recipes, pens, paper for notes, and water. If you have any questions, contact us at 978-263-1955 or by email at customercare@kitchen-outfitters.com Cancellation policy: We understand that plans change, and things come up. We offer a full refund if class registration is cancelled up to 2 days prior to class. If cancelled within 48 hours of class, your refund, less a $25 fee, will be returned in the form of original payment.

Welcome to Kitchen Outfitters’ Classes and Events Page! Discover cooking classes and demos, meet ups with local culinary crafts people, cookbook swaps, trunk shows and sales and events in support of our local community. Also, be sure to check out our community partners: AB Farmer’s Market, New England Culinary Guild, Edible Boston, Discovery Museum, and Thoreau Club. Members may enjoy Kitchen Outfitters discounts. Please inquire!

Cooking classes are held in the store:

Kitchen Outfitters
342 Great Road
Acton MA 01720

Classes are demonstration, unless "hands-on" is noted in description.

Kitchen Outfitters provides everything that you will need during evening classes; including recipes, pens, paper for notes, and water. If you have any questions, contact us at 978-263-1955 or by email at customercare@kitchen-outfitters.com 

Cancellation policy: We understand that plans change, and things come up.  We offer a full refund if class registration is cancelled up to 2 days prior to class.  If cancelled within 48 hours of class, your refund, less a $25 fee, will be returned in the form of original payment.