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December 2018

LUNCH & LEARN: Polish Pierogies with Maria Rozynska

December 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Every culture has their comfort-food dumplings, and warm, hearty Polish pierogies are right up there with the best of them. In this fun, hands-on workshop, Maria Rozynska leads you through the process of kneading & rolling, filling & shaping, and boiling & frying homemade pierogies from scratch. You’ll start the class with a warm borscht broth, then dive into learning how to make several fillings including: classic dry cottage cheese & potato, savoury sauerkraut, mushroom and onion, as well as…

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January 2019

LUNCH & LEARN: Bread Baking with Leo Baduria

January 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join artisanal baker Leo Baduria for this fun, hands-on workshop where participants will learn the recipes and techniques for making traditional flatbreads found in Italy and France, such as Focaccia, Fougasse aux Olives, Pizza Margherita and Tarte Flambée. You will learn how to make dough from scratch, how to handle it from kneading and resting to stretching and shaping, as well as tips on timing and temperature for baking. For lunch you'll get to enjoy the delicious breads made in class:…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Cooking the Seasons with Doris Fin

January 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Toronto is situated in a rich and abundant agricultural region providing us with plentiful, fresh, and local ingredients to inspire and savour. With the change of each season we find a bounty of colours and new flavours and Chef Doris Fin's fun, hands-on class shows you how to transform these gifts into a delicious, seasonal, vegetarian meal. Every class covers making a hearty soup, a fresh salad with a complimentary dressing, and a luscious dessert showcasing local and seasonal flavours…

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February 2019

LUNCH & LEARN: Knife Skills with Sonya Gammal

February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Knowing how to choose, use and care for knives is one of the most essential parts of any cook’s skill set. Join Chef Sonya Gammal for a solid primer on knife fundamentals, including selecting the best knife for the job, as well as knife safety, storage and maintenance including sharpening and honing. In addition to learning about the knives themselves, participants will get ample opportunity to practice a range of different hands-on knife skills as part of the preparation of…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Mexican Street Food with Erika Araujo

February 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Mexican street food goes way beyond tacos, but we rarely see any of the other amazing delicacies featured on Canadian menus… In this fun, hands-on workshop Erika Araujo will introduce you to two popular Mexican favourites, sopes and tlacoyos, along with recipes for the delicious fillings and salsas that make these dishes shine. Sopes are a traditional Mexican dish originating in the central and southern parts of Mexico. Like an extra thick tortilla, this circle of fried corn masa has raised, pinched sides to help it…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Pressure Cooking with Carole Nelson Brown

February 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pressure cooking, by its very nature, is a faster and healthier way to prepare foods. Nutrients are preserved at much higher rates than other, conventional cooking methods, flavours are intensified and, again, cooking time can be reduced by up to 70%. Throw in the fact that you are using less energy, wasting less water and how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, many of us have scary memories of our grandmother’s pressure cooker, hissing, spitting and rattling away on the stove…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Gnocchi with Laura Guanti

February 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gnocchi are the magical lovechild of pasta and dumplings, versatile enough to be rustic and homey comfort food, or delicate and elegant special-occasion fare. Their secret lies in how easy they can be make to make from scratch, once you know how. Laura Guanti will introduce you to some of the many varieties of gnocchi, start with the simplest: a rustic, hand-shaped pasta of semolina flour and water formed on special press board. From here you’ll move on to the more famous…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Paella Valenciana with José Arato

February 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Paella is often thought of as the Spanish national dish, but it is really a speciality of Valencia, though it has countless regional variations. Named after the pan it is cooked in, this classic rice dish has five key ingredients: Spanish short-grain Bomba rice, saffron, pimentón, olive oil and a paella pan. Beyond that, there are innumerable variations incorporating everything from shrimp, clams and mussels, to rabbit, chicken and chorizo. An impressive and delicious party dish, it’s remarkably easy to master with a…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Polish Pierogies with Maria Rozynska

February 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Every culture has their comfort-food dumplings, and warm, hearty Polish pierogies are right up there with the best of them. In this fun, hands-on workshop, Maria Rozynska leads you through the process of kneading & rolling, filling & shaping, and boiling & frying homemade pierogies from scratch. You’ll start the class with a warm borscht broth, then dive into learning how to make several fillings including: classic dry cottage cheese & potato, savoury sauerkraut, mushroom and onion, as well as…

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LUNCH & LEARN: Cooking the Seasons with Doris Fin

February 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Toronto is situated in a rich and abundant agricultural region providing us with plentiful, fresh, and local ingredients to inspire and savour. With the change of each season we find a bounty of colours and new flavours and Chef Doris Fin's fun, hands-on class shows you how to transform these gifts into a delicious, seasonal, vegetarian meal. Every class covers making a hearty soup, a fresh salad with a complimentary dressing, and a luscious dessert showcasing local and seasonal flavours…

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