Events & Classes


What’s Cooking at Kitchen Outfitters:

Spring 2018

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Pizza!  – A Drop in Demonstration

Learn how to make pizza dough at home, and choose toppings that satisfy even the pickiest eater in your house. Julia will be stretching out pizza dough, loading on toppings, and serving pizza hot out of the oven during this demonstration. On the menu: “Basic” cheese pizza, white pizza, as well as surprise flavors straight from cravings of the moment.

Date of Event:  Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 11am – 2pm

Cost:                   No charge, drop in demonstration

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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 has been teaching cooking classes at Kitchen Outfitters since 2012!

Date of class: Monday, March 5, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:               $65.00 each student

Catherine Walthers, a private chef in Acton-Concord area, has written 4 cookbooks, including her latest Kale, Glorious Kale. Follow her latest culinary happenings at catherinewalthers.com.

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Indian Cooking – with Mark Valentine

India's unique and long growing season mixed with a long history of trade bring Middle Eastern and Asian influences together in a fusion of taste sensations that delight the senses.  Mark Valentine returns to Kitchen Outfitters to show us how to make some of this wonderful cuisine from Asia. He will demonstrate dishes including Mutter Paneer, the classic Tikka Masala, and a modern Tandoori Chicken Salad with fresh mango. We will also explore Mango Salsa, Mint Chutney, Raita, and an Indian Marinade.

 Date of class: Wednesday March 21, 2018| 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:               $75 each student

Mark Valentine is the chef and owner of Kitchen to Table Foods in Hudson, MA. He was classically trained in France, and has cooked in Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Nantucket, and Boston. E-mail markscooking@verizon.net.

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Baking that Pops – with Susan Turner

Baking that gets all steamed up and puffs in the oven! Three baking classics that might seem daunting but are actually simple to make and a pleasure to eat. They’re great for everyday meals or entertaining. On the menu:  Herbed Gougéres (a.k.a. Cheese Puffs), Saffron Popovers with Beet Jam, Spinach Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette, Homemade Pita Pockets with Chicken Salad, Profiteroles with Homemade Chocolate Sauce.

Date of class: Monday March 26, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

Having grown up in a family of amateur gardeners, cooks, canners, and makers, Susan has been cooking since childhood and remains an avid home cook. She loves encouraging others to get into the kitchen and believes that sharing food is one of life's best joys. Susan has also tested and developed recipes for Curio Spice, Siena Farms, and Bisousweet Confections.

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Celebration Cakes – with Jen Stone

Cakes take center stage as Jen Stone, KO’s own pastry chef, shows us tips and tricks to make your next cake a beautiful gift. Jen will demonstrate with a variety of cakes and frostings such as Swiss meringue buttercream, and a marshmallow frosting torched on her signature S’mores cake. This demonstration class will include making cake, making and coloring frosting, applying a crumb coat. Jen will be decorating both sheet cake and round layer cake, highlighting the different techniques.

Date of Event:  Wednesday March 28, 2018 | 11am – 2pm

Cost:                  $75 each student

Jen Stone has always had a love for baking.  With 8 siblings there was always someone to partake!  In 2013, she 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.

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Spring Cleaning for a Cause – A Kitchenware Drive for HouseHold Goods, Inc.

Donate your gently used, and critically needed, pots, pans and silverware DURING the month of April and enter to win one of three Kitchen Outfitters’ $50 GIFT CARDS!  Your donation could be a new beginning for someone in need. HouseHold Goods, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization in Acton that distributes used household goods free of charge to people in need, for more information visit www.householdgoods.org.

Dates:                April 2, 2018 – April 30, 2018

Drop Off Location:  Here at the shop! 342 Great Road, Acton MA.  Limit one entry per household.

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Tips and Techniques for Using a Pastry Bag –  A Drop in Demonstration

Using a pastry bag filled with American buttercream, Swiss meringue buttercream or chocolate ganache to decorate cupcakes  can change an ordinary dessert into an extraordinary dessert!  Jen Stone will be demonstrating how to fill a pastry bag, and get piping!  The demonstration will include regular and Russian pastry tips.  Let us show you how to bring your decorating skills to the next level.

Date of Event:  Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 11am – 2pm

Cost:                   No charge, drop in demonstration

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Moroccan Cooking – with Mark Valentine

Wafting from a tagine or casserole, the earthy smells of cinnamon, saffron, cumin, and ginger are just a few of the spices that form a "ras el hanout", Moroccan spice blend. Mark Valentine, a classically trained chef shows us how to master the flavors with dishes including Chick Pea and Lamb Stew. A Casablanca-inspired Shrimp Tagine with Cilantro Couscous, and a Sahara Roasted Chicken with a Spinach, Pistachio, and Dried Fig Salad. We will also explore some of the marinades, condiments, and spice mixes that flavor this cuisine with the flavors of mint, olives and citrus. 

 Date of class: Wednesday April 11, 2018| 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:               $75 each student

Mark Valentine is the chef and owner of Kitchen to Table Foods in Hudson, MA. He was classically trained in France, and has cooked in Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Nantucket, and Boston. E-mail markscooking@verizon.net.

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Thai Cooking at Home – with Helen Chen

Learn to make Thai at home with Helen Chen! Helen has been teaching classes at Kitchen Outfitters for many years, providing students with delicious food, and an understanding of cooking practices and ingredients from across the world.  During class Helen will demonstrate how to prepare Pork and Green beans with Coconut and Basil, Masaman Chicken Curry, Green Papaya Salad, and everyone’s favorite: Pad Thai.

Date of class: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $85 each student

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

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Moveable Feast, Pack a Picnic – with Susan Turner

Revive the age-old pleasure of eating good food outdoors. Pack a basket and enjoy excellent eats next time you go out for the day, whether it's a trip to the beach, a visit to a park or museum, or just out on the deck at home. On the Menu: Beverages that sparkle and refresh, Homemade Crackers, No-Knead Foccacia Bread, Spreads & Dips, Herbed Potato Salad with Olives & Capers, Grain & Vegetable Salad, and Triple-Chocolate "Corks."

Date of class: Monday May 14, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

Having grown up in a family of amateur gardeners, cooks, canners, and makers, Susan has been cooking since childhood and remains an avid home cook. She loves encouraging others to get into the kitchen and believes that sharing food is one of life's best joys. Susan has also tested and developed recipes for Curio Spice, Siena Farms, and Bisousweet Confections.

Register Here

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Vegetarian Cooking – with Mark Valentine

Mark Valentine is cooking up a vegetarian story. Taking advantage of nature's bounty, we'll work with spices and cooking techniques to bring forth the flavors of some favorite plant based dishes including Tuscan Vegetable Stew with Parmesan Crostini, Grilled Vegetable “Steaks” with Whole Grain Salad, and Eggplant Moussaka. We will also explore some of the marinades and sauces that can bring your vegetarian cooking from ordinary to extraordinary.

 Date of class: Wednesday May 16, 2018| 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:               $75 each student

Mark Valentine is the chef and owner of Kitchen to Table Foods in Hudson, MA. He was classically trained in France, and has cooked in Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Nantucket, and Boston. E-mail markscooking@verizon.net.

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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 class; including recipes, pens, paper for notes, and water. If you have any questions we are available

By email: customercare@kitchen-outfitters.com  

Phone: (978)263-1955 

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.