You are here

Goodbye Gluten! Baking with Alternative Grains

Feb. 29, 2020 10 a.m. to March 1, 2020 12:45 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

If there's one thing we all have enough of in our diet, it's wheat: it's everywhere, one of the 4 pillars of baking, along with eggs, butter & sugar. It can be destabilizing when you take wheat out of the equation. Either for health or dietary reasons, baking gluten-free has become a challenge and a need for many people. Join pastry chef Rachel Portnoy to discover new grains, new techniques, and new flavors, by moving away from wheat in your baking. In this class we will make sweet and savory recipes, all designed to highlight the fun and flavorful ways that gluten-free baking can take you in new and delicious directions. We will cover a wide array of possibilities including French and American classics.

Rachel Portnoy started out as a vegetarian cook during her time as a graduate student in English in the 1990’s, and then moved on to specialize in pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in London. She worked at French fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants in New York, Washington D.C. and London, as well as in France at fine restaurants and bakeries. In 2002, Rachel and her husband, French chef Franck Tessier, moved to Lee, MA, and she fulfilled a long-term dream by opening her own bakery, Cakewalk, in Lee. Rachel eventually sold Cakewalk and moved up the road to open a restaurant on Main Street with Franck called Chez Nous where the couple focuses on fresh, healthy, handmade and delicious cuisine and desserts.

Sponsored by Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.

Help Our Garden Grow!

Your donation helps us to educate and inspire visitors of all ages on the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment.

All Donations are 100% tax deductible.