The Hippo


May 27, 2020








More to learn

Here are a few other cooking classes and foodie workshops happening this fall.
• Meal Prep Workshop Sunday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, 339-1664, includes recipes and instruction for a week of meals for a whole family (four meals, five servings each). Costs $135. Bring a casserole dish, large Tupperwares and reusable grocery bags to bring food home in.
• Couples Cooking Saturday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, 339-1664, cooking class for two with a tapas menu. BYOB, costs $150 per couple.
• Tea Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at Peterborough Town Library (2 Concord St., Peterborough, 924-8040, includes the history of tea, how it’s processed and brewed, and a taste test of Chinese black teas. Admission is free, but registration is required.
• Feasting From Our Local Farms Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, If you’re looking to just sample a taste of a cooking class, check out chef Liz Barbour’s cooking demonstration and discussion on sourcing ingredients locally and seasonally. The workshop costs $22.
• Basic soft cheesemaking Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at New England College Concord (62 Main St., Concord) in Classroom B. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make cheese, here’s your chance. NOFA-NH hosts this workshop on the history of cheesemaking and different types of cheeses, and also includes a mozzarella demonstration. Cost $10. Visit
• Shaker-inspired cooking includes a demonstration and tasting at Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9077,, with Fresh Pasta on Sunday, Oct. 19, and Stews & Braised Dishes on Sunday, Nov. 16. Classes run from 1 to 3 p.m. and cost $27.50 for non-members ($25 for members).

Go back to school
Classes and workshops offer new ideas and tricks for your kitchen


 Looking to learn something new this fall? Enroll in a cooking class, sign up for a nutrition workshop or head back to school with some brews. The following classes do not require long-term commitments, but students can enroll in multiple classes in a series.

Enroll in a cooking class
Many school districts offer adult education classes, including Concord Community Education, which will have a variety of cooking classes this fall semester. 
“The Chinese cooking [class], we’ve been doing that for 10-plus years and that’s huge. People really gravitate towards that, and the vegan cooking [class],” Concord School District Director of Community Education Matt Cashman said. “It’s not just to learn a new skill, but these folks, a lot of them are repeat customers and they’ve built friendships that go far beyond the classroom.”
One new cooking class that’s attracting a lot of attention is the Vibrant Health Green Smoothie class, Cashman said, which is a part of a health series that includes future classes like Eating for Energy and Kick Sugar.
The Chinese Home-Style Cooking classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. every other Wednesday now through Dec. 10 and feature a different recipe each session, like General Gao chicken and pan-fried beef-stuffed pancake are two items Oct. 1, plus Moo Goo Gai Pan (chicken with vegetables) and egg rolls Oct. 15.
Concord Community Education’s other cooking class this fall, Gourmet Vegan (Total Vegetarian) Cooking, is structured the same way with a different menu each class and meets once a month from now until December on select Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. There’s Peanutty Soup with tofu and sesame seeds and seitan on Oct. 20, and a Vegan Thanksgiving Feast class on Nov. 17.
Classes are held at Concord High School (170 Warren St., Concord). Students who enroll in two or more classes receive 10 percent off tuition (food fee costs $14, tuition costs $29). Visit
LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, continues its Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series this fall with Oktoberfest Cooking with Wine & Beer on Wednesday, Oct. 15; Flatbreads on Wednesday, Nov. 19; and Holiday Treats & Appetizers on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Winemaker Amy LaBelle leads cooking demonstrations based on each class theme with samples and wine pairing for each dish. Although these aren’t hands-on cooking classes, students leave with recipes of the dishes from that evening. Classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and cost $25 each.
Herbs 101
Although her Beyond Home Herbalist series is almost full (there’s limited availability and also a waitlist), clinical herbalist Maria Noël Groves of Wintergreen Botanicals said there’s still a chance to learn more about herbs this fall. 
“The big ones I have a lot of space in that are a lot of fun are the Saturday classes,” she said. “They’re great because they’re more experiential and people get to go outside and harvest the plants.”
The Saturday Herbs Through the Seasons series includes classes that focus on the medicinal use of herbs, but those skills can also be transferred to the kitchen.
“They do kind of bridge that food-medicine gap,” Noël Groves said. “They’re always a lot of fun, they’re very hands-on, and empowering.”
Upcoming classes include Autumn Harvests for Winter Medicine: Roots, Bark & Berries on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and covers birch and pine needle tea, wild cherry bark honey and elderberry syrup. Then on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there’s a class on Sharing the Gifts of Herbs, with DIY gift-making like bodycare, culinary baskets, chocolates, and cordials. Both classes cost $75 and include an outdoor walk; bring a lunch.
Students who would like a little more from the classes can sign up for online herbal medicine classes and receive PDF notes with recipes and a video link. There are also audio files of the classes and homework for regular classes, too.
Brew school
Beer enthusiasts can learn how to craft their own brews during workshops scheduled throughout the year at IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 891-2477,, but on Saturday, Sept. 20, it’s a particularly good time to learn about beer, from hops to tap. The Back to Brew School Brewfest includes an hour-long class that covers the basics of brewing and designing a beer recipe. After the class, students will break out into groups and craft their own IPA-style recipe designs and brew a beer from scratch. The class starts at 10 a.m. and costs $60 (which includes two variety cases of beer, bottles not included). Students return after two weeks to bottle the brews and take them home to enjoy.  
As seen in the September 18, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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