Events & Classes


What’s Cooking at Kitchen Outfitters:

Spring 2019

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Cookware Recycling Donation Drive  for Household Goods, Inc. - Annual Event!

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’ $150 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 provides a full range of donated furniture and household items, free of charge,  to help people in need make a home.  For more information visit www.householdgoods.org.

Dates:                April 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019

Drop Off Location:  Here at the shop! 342 Great Road, Acton MA. 

Limit one entry per household.

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For the Love of Chocolate - with Maggie Peterson

Spend an evening learning all about Chocolate from Maggie Peterson, Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier. You will learn about how fine chocolate is made from cocoa beans grown in different parts of the world and all the steps that affect the flavor and texture of chocolate. Maggie will walk you through a chocolate tasting from cocoa butter to cocoa nibs.  You will learn about importance and methods of tempering chocolate and other techniques to make your own chocolates at home. You will create your own chocolate "Bark Bites" with various toppings to take home to share with family and friends.  You will also take home a chocolate goodie bag! Maggie will demonstrate: chocolate tempering techniques, making ganache, making and decorating molded/filled chocolates, making hand cut and dipped chocolates.

Date of class:   Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

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. Maggie also makes her own fine chocolates and teaches various classes.

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Delicious and Healthy Smoothies – A Drop in Demonstration

Come in to see us between 11am and 2pm, Julia will be demonstrating how to put together healthy and delicious smoothies; getting your fruits and veggies each day in a smoothie will give you a boost that lasts through the day.  Blenders will be 10% off demo day only. Stop in any time between 11am and 2pm for tips and tricks, recipes and samples too.

Date of Event:  Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 11am – 2pm

Cost:                 No charge, drop in demonstration

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Creative Vinaigrettes and Spring Salads Workshop- with Catherine Walthers

This class, part demo and part hands-on, covers the basics of making vinaigrettes as well as reviewing and tasting different olive oils and vinegars on the market. During the workshop you will make your own vinaigrettes for the upcoming salad season without using a recipe. Participants will practice in class as well as take home a mason jar of your own creation. We will also sample the vinaigrettes on three different types of salads: leafy greens and vegetables; a grain salad and a dinner salad with seafood. 

Date of class: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75.00 each student

Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area privately cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Soups + Sides, and 3 other cookbooks. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at Catherine_walthers.

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Loomination Weavers – Get to know a local vendor

Join us in welcoming Leanne Budreau of Loomination Weavers for a demonstration and trunk show.  Loomination’s hand-wovens are created in the Westminster, Massachusetts studio of Leanne Boudreau.  Her pieces fuse a love of color and appreciation for antique textiles, for designs that are modern and minimal, with a vintage vibe.  Individually hand-woven and hand finished, each piece is painstakingly handcrafted from start to finish.  Loomination textiles will be 10% during the event.

Date of Event:  Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 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, April 15, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $65.00 each student

Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area privately cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Soups + Sides, and 3 other cookbooks. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at Catherine_walthers.

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Cinco de Mayo - with Mark Valentine

Chef Mark Valentine will demonstrate contemporary Mexican classics that celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The menu begins with Rajas con Crema, a roasted Poblano pepper cheese dip with tortilla chips. The next course will be Flautas con Pollo, rolled chicken tacos with chipotle sauc and, Caldo Frio de Aguacate, chilled avocado soup. For the main courses there will be Papas con Chorizo, potatoes with homemade pork sausage and Tequila shrimp.

Date of class:   Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

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. www.kitchentotablefoods.com 

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Seven Hills Pasta – Get to know a local vendor

Founded in Melrose, MA by Giulio and Carol Caperchi, Seven Hills Pasta Co. handcrafts simply delicious artisan pasta with only 2 ingredients: durum wheat semolina flour and water. Each small batch is extruded through custom made bronze dies and slowly air dried to perfection over a 24 hour cycle. We are committed to sharing our Italian tradition of bringing families, friends and communities together through the power of simply good food - Buon Appetito!

Date of Event:  Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 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, May 6, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $65.00 each student

Catherine Walthers works for families in the Concord-Acton area privately cooking meals for the workweek. She is author of Soups + Sides, and 3 other cookbooks. You can find her at Catherinewalthers.com and on instagram at Catherine_walthers.

Register Here

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French Macarons - with Maggie Peterson

Sweet, beautiful and delicious.  If you want to learn the secrets to creating these colorful and classically French confections, then this is the class for you. Maggie will demonstrate the steps for making a perfect meringue, creating the batter, piping these cute cookies.  We will also make fillings with flavored buttercreams and ganache.  You will pipe the filling into the baked macaron shells and finish with a box of beautiful macarons to take home.  Once you have mastered these techniques you will love making these amazingly versatile cookies at home.

Date of class:   Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

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. Maggie also makes her own

fine chocolates and teaches various classes.

Register Here

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Cakes in Bloom – A Spring Welcome

Stop in and celebrate Spring in bloom with Kitchen Outfitters.  We’ll be serving up inspired cakes, samples, recipes and ideas for the season.  Stop in between 10:30 am and 4pm.

Date of Event:  Saturday, May 11, 2018 | 10:30am – 4pm

Cost:                   No charge, drop in demonstration

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Classic Parisian Bistro - with Mark Valentine

Chef Mark Valentine will demonstrate classic Parisian bistro dishes with a modern interpretation of freshness and lightness. Soupe Cresson-Pommes de Terre, a classic spring soup features watercress potatoes and leeks. The next course will be Salade Lyonnaise, a salad of Frise, poached egg and bacon lardons. For the main course – Coquilles St. Jacques, gratin scallops with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. To finish the meal Chef Valentine will prepare Mousse au Chocolat.

Date of class:   Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $75 each student

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. www.kitchentotablefoods.com

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Making Simple & Delicious Cheeses at Home – with Kimi Ceridon (Hands On)

Join us for a cheese-making adventure. After getting a taste of great homemade cheese, we initiate a few chemical reactions to kick off our own in class cheese making. Through tasting and making we discuss the steps of cheese-making, learn about different cheese styles, while sampling several New England artisanal cheeses and accompaniments from New England Artisans. By the end of class, we will have a simple ricotta, queso blanco, and paneer to taste while everyone tries their hand at stretching mozzarella balls. Students leave with a starter culture for making the overnight fromage blanc sampled in class.  

Date of class:   Wednesday May 22, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Cost:                $85 each student

Kimi Ceridon is a trained chef with a background in engineering and science. She combines her talents to create great food experiences through classes with a bit of science and engineering. She holds a Masters in Gastronomy and Chef's Certificate from Boston University as well as Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She is a personal chef who teaches food education and cooking workshops throughout Massachusetts. Follow along with her blog about "Cooking & Confessions from a Midlife Crisis" at www.noreturnticket.kceridon.com.

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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 evening classes; 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.