Cooking Classes & Events

Next upcoming class: (download brochure)

12:00pm Tuesday, May 17th – 12:00pm Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Note: This program runs again in September
instructor: Chef Mara Jernigan
cost: $1995 + HST (meals and lodging included)

Created in 2007 and listed as one of the world’s 45 Top Culinary Getaways in Gourmet magazine, Chef Mara Jernigan’s Culinary Boot Camp is a five-day intensive, hands-on, field to table cooking program.

You will learn:

  • Knife skills
  • Soups and stock making
  • Hand made pasta
  • Basic butchery techniques
  • Sauces
  • Baking
  • Plate presentation
  • Preserving techniques and much more

Mara is more excited than ever to create menus inspired by the bounty of the beautiful fields and gardens at Foxglove Farm, where fruit and vegetable varieties have been selected and grown for ultimate flavour, lovingly cared for and nourished by healthy soil. Knives, aprons and over 25 printed recipes are all provided. During the five days, participants will have the opportunity to help with the harvest, take field trips to visit local wineries, cheese makers, and the famous Salt Spring Farmers Market.

We will also learn to forage for wild foods, prepare local seafood, and bake in the new wood burning brick oven at the farm. While the course is intensive, it is suitable for all skill levels from beginner to seasoned cook. Meals are usually served family style, and although we will prepare some meat, poultry, and fish, there will be options for vegetarians. Breakfast will be prepared for you, but you will be involved in the preparation of all other meals, including a grand buffet dinner for producers on our final evening together. You’ll have time each afternoon to relax on the farm or explore on your own.

The bootcamp starts at noon on Tuesday and finishes before noon on Sunday to allow travel time to and from Salt Spring Island.

Visit Foxglove Farm and Register for Culinary Bootcamp – May 2011

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