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It’s a Party — Start From Scratch Summer Social!

24 May

As I’m sure you all know, I’ve been working with Start From Scratch, a Calgary-based cooking initiative, for just over a year. We are dedicated to teaching university students get back to basics in the kitchen and learn how to cook. In just over a year and a half we’ve educated over 70 students with our free 10-week program. We’re able to do so with the generous support of many local suppliers and restaurants, including some of the talent that will be cooking for you on the evening of June 21, 2012.

My SFS partner-in-crime, Dan Clapson, and I have been planning this event for months and are super stoked to now be able to share details with you of what is sure to be an amazing evening of great friends, delicious food, and superb wine pairings.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012 – 8pm
Where: Casel Marche, J. Webb Wine Merchant, Market 17
What: Five local chefs and five local food bloggers teaming up to create five delectable, easy-to-recreate dishes for your enjoyment, along with wine pairings. As well there will be lots of awesome silent auction items to bid on.
Cost: $50

Full details can be found here.

Cooking from Scratch!

5 Sep

I’m super excited to be teaching for Start From Scratch this September. It’s been out there for a little while, but thought I’d post about it here too.

Start From Scratch is a cooking initiative for Calgary university students. It aims to illuminate how simple, cost effective and healthy cooking can be compared to boxed/prepared products. The program runs for 10 weeks (Tuesday class start September 27, 2011; Thursday classes start September 29, 2011) and is completely free thanks to some very generous sponsors.

Here’s a little bit about what we’ll be doing each week:

Week 1: Breaking The Ice

Pastas, sauces and lasagna…because we’ve got to start somewhere, right? Starting with basic pasta and then going to the next level. Kind of like Super Mario.

Week 2: Good Morning Sunshine!

Quit skipping breakfast! Quick morning snacks to grab on the way out the door so you can stay awake in that 9 a.m. chemistry class. Aviv Fried, better known as The Sidewalk Citizen Baker, will be here to bake some great stuff with us.

Week 3: Couch Change Classics

We’re generally pretty budget friendly here at Start From Scratch, but these to-go recipes are for those ‘rummaging in the couch for spare change’ kind of times. Hey, we’ve all been there! You’ll learn how to stretch your dollars without sacrificing taste.

Week 4: This Little Piggy…Came From The Local Market

Do we smell a field trip to the farmers’ market? Yes, yes we do. We’ll be heading over to the Calgary Farmers’ Market to get inspired about sourcing, and utilizing, ingredients from local suppliers. Amanda Middleton from Spragg’s Meat Shop will be coming by the class as well for a butchering demo! Let’s get chopping! Continue reading