Thursday, August 18, 2016

Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops

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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Café at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's fall 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops. Your first lesson begins with Basic Knife Skills, Sept. 9.

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio and the Garden at Rio at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen!  Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Basic Knife Skills Class for Beginners 
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Thu., Sept. 1
6-8 p.m. 
$20 each or 2 for $35
This class is designed for beginners and those of you who want to brush up on your skills. Demystify terms like dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening knives and keeping them sharp. You'll take everything you learned to whip together a few evening snacks for the group to enjoy!


Date Night Cooking
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Fri., Sept. 23
6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare and enjoy a romantic meal for two with the guidance of a professional chef. You will begin with a kale Caesar salad, followed by a chicken saltimbocca paired with a porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. 


Soil Building for Beginners
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Sat., Oct. 1
9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? This workshop will teach you how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process. You'll learn about the benefits of microbes and how to employ no-till techniques to turn your hard clay into rich, loamy earth-- and how nature works in the process.


Sushi for Beginners 
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Thu., Oct. 6
6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed to teach you about essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls-- and how to eat them!

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
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Thu., Oct. 20
6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
The Valley's farmers' markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables and other goodies throughout the year. Not sure how to cook greens, squash, beets and other fall/winter vegetables from the market? This class will help you create a custom menu using ingredients from your local market.



Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
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Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.


Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.