Berkshire Botanical Garden Teaching Kitchen
Cast your mind back to the time when Farm-to-Table meals were from your farm and on your table. You would be familiar with terroir because it was all over the knees of your britches. Come learn the simple but tasty approach to farmhouse cuisine of 150 or more years ago. Participants will experience such dishes as stewed soup, Johnnie Cake, herbed farmers’ cheese and more. Learn the secrets of selecting and caring for cast iron cookware and its health benefits. Hands-on participation is encouraged so bring a sense of curiosity and adventure and be willing to help with the process. Local ingredients will be sourced. History can definitely be fun, when you eat it!
Instructor Dennis Picard has 42 years’ experience in Public History at such museums as Old Sturbridge Village and Hancock Shaker Village. He has taught fireplace and cast iron cooking for many years and is the author of three cookbooks. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network and a member of the editorial board of the Country School Journal and grants committee of the Country School Association of America.
Cooking classes are sponsored by Guido's Fresh Marketplace.
Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.
Withdrawals: To withdraw your registration from a class, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others. If you give us at least 7 days’ notice prior to the event, we will refund you less an administrative fee equaling 25% of the program cost.
Please note: we cannot offer refunds for withdrawals less than 7 days before a class.