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Ready to make a healthy evolution in your cooking? Interested in a new cuisine? Need an alternative to take-out? Whatever your motivation, we’ve got a class for you! When you attend a cooking class here, you are doing more than just cooking and eating a meal — you’re contributing to a stronger and more sustainable food system. From our work supporting farmers directly with technical assistance to our work building the capacity of farm to school programs so farmers can access new markets and our kids can have access to healthy foods, much of our work depends on the success of our cooking class programming.  

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November 2019

Bistro Brunch

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Give brunch some French bistro flair with new techniques and recipes in this hands on class with chef, and self-professed Francophile, Bret Bannon. You'll learn the recipe for simple yet impressive French crêpes and try your hand at making them in a traditional crêpe pan. Add a seasonal fruit filling and "voilà!". Then round out your meal by learning to poach eggs and serve them in a classic red wine sauce. You'll leave class with new confidence in your techniques…

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Thanksgiving Pie 101

November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Does the thought of baking a homemade pie this Turkey Day make you want to fly the coop? Take the fear out of scratch baking this Thanksgiving with our Pie 101 class taught by Beth Jones, executive chef of the U of M's Campus Club. This hands on class with teach you how to make a no-fail pie crust you can use for a variety of pies, from traditional apple to a modern twist on pecan. With tips and tricks…

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Need a Thanksgiving spread to satisfy vegetarians and meat eaters alike? Make the whole family happy with a holiday menu incorporating a variety of delicious meatless eats that celebrate the best of the season's produce. In this hands-on class led by licensed dietician and cooking instructor Ranelle Kirchner, you'll learn savory sides and hearty vegetarian mains that can stand alone as an alternative holiday meal or be incorporated into a traditional table. Either way- you and your guests will surely…

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Fall Dinner in Tuscany

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$50

Simplicity is the heart of Tuscan cuisine with legumes, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, olive oil, and its famous red wine all playing central roles. Tuscan dishes exemplify the healthy building blocks of the Mediterranean diet while still being comforting, filling, and tasty. In this hands on class, instructors Joan and David Donatelle will take your tastebuds on a tour of Tuscany as you work together to create a delicious seasonal dinner. Class menu will include: Chick Pea Soup…

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December 2019

Mizutaki: Japan’s Favorite Winter Dish

December 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Mizutaki is a type of nabe, or Japanese hot pot, enjoyed by Japanese families all winter long. It is a dish of meat and vegetables gently simmered in a delicious broth and eaten together as a family style one pot dish. It's the perfect dish to keep you warm this winter while bringing together friends or family to share a meal. In this hands on cooking class with instructor Kimiko Molasky you'll learn how to prepare, cook, and eat this…

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Vegetarian Flavors of Ethiopia and Eritrea

December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Ethiopia and Eritrea are famous for their amazing vegetarian dishes that turn simple ingredients into flavor packed plates. In this all veggie class you'll explore the flavors and techniques of authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine with instructor Mimi Selam. With approachable techniques you can replicate at home, you'll learn to cook with a variety of fresh ingredients and flavors, from light and mild to sizzling dishes packed with exotic spices. With flavors this good- no one will miss the meat!…

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Bright and Fresh: Vietnamese Style Salad

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

We love our hearty comfort foods and rich holiday favorites but sometimes during the hectic and food filled holiday season it's nice to take a break for something bright, quick, and tasty- enter the Vietnamese salad. In this hands on class with chef Christoper Buchel you'll learn the techniques and flavor profiles to create a Vietnamese style salad using bright herbs, seared steak, and a flavor packed dressing sure to wake up your tastebuds. Round out the dish with done-in-a-flash…

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Bûche de Noël Workshop

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$75

Up the wow factor this Christmas by learning to create your very own dessert showstopper- a classic Bûche de Noël! The Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log, is a French Christmas tradition dating back to the 19th century. This woodland inspired dessert is made by rolling up a chocolate genoise (sponge) cake with luscious buttercream and completing the cake with fanciful meringue and marzipan decorations. In this hands on workshop with instructor Bret Bannon you'll learn the proper planning, execution,…

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Holiday Cocktails

December 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$35

‘Tis the season to gather and be cozy with friends and family. Expand your get-together’s menu with some fun and festive cocktails guaranteed to make the season even merrier! Join Mike Augustyniak (WCCO Meteorologist and host of Mike’s Mix, with features in The Growler Magazine, Twin Cities Pride Guide) for an evening of seasonally inspired drinks, instruction, history, and fun. Recipes, samples, and light appetizers will be provided.  This class will showcase a range of spirits from local distiller, Tattersall…

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Himalayan Cooking: Momo

December 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Himalayan cuisine is famous for its Momos, savory Nepali dumplings made with meat or vegetarian fillings. In this hands-on class with Himalayan cooking expert Ishwari Rajak, you'll learn how to make these delicious dumplings at home. You'll also learn to make the popular chutney, or "momo sauce" that accompanies them, along with tips and tricks to make the sauce your own. This class will leave you saying "Mo' Momo please!". Class menu will include: Chicken and Pork Momo Vegetarian Momo…

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Get to Know Your Roots

December 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

This class shines a light on vegetables grown beneath the soil: roots! Hardy storage crops like potatoes, carrots, and parsnips are what sustains any locavore through the long Minnesota winter, but that doesn't mean they have to get boring. In this hands on class with cooking instructor, and registered dietician, Ranelle Kirchner, you’ll learn how to prepare a variety of root vegetables using different and unique preparations that are packed with flavor. Class menu will include: Potato Rosti with Beet…

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Whole Bird Breakdown

December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$45

Get more bang for your cluck! We all know buying a whole chicken is more economical than buying parts, the tricky part is knowing how to safely and properly break down your bird to ensure you get maximum flavor and use out of your purchase. In this hands on class combining knife skills and basic butchery, our resident chef and instructor, Sadie Sayre, will teach you how to break down a chicken into 8 parts, create a quick stock out…

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Homemade Gnocchi

December 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$50

Gnocchi, that beloved little cloud-like dumpling of the pasta family, can seem intimidating to create at home but with the right techniques, and a little practice you can master this simple yet impressive dish. Instructors, and husband and wife culinary duo, Joan and David Donatelle will guide you through the process of making two types of gnocchi from scratch, complete with simple sauces to complement those pillowy piles of deliciousness! Class menu will include: Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Basil Sauce…

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January 2020

Ozooni: Japanese New Year’s Soup

January 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Come kick off 2020 by celebrating the New Year as many Japanese do. New Year's Day is the most important holiday in Japan and Ozooni, a flavorful soup with Mochi (Japanese rice cake), is one of the traditional dishes eaten to celebrate the holiday. In this hands on cooking class with instructor Kimiko Molasky you'll work together to prepare, cook, and eat this wonderful clear soup made with chicken, Mochi, mushrooms, and greens, cooked in a savory Dashi broth. You'll…

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Winter Soups and Stews

January 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

A simmering pot of soup on the stove can nourish your body and soul during these short days and long nights of winter. Join us as we warm up the kitchen in this hands-on class led by licensed dietitian, and master of vegetarian cooking, Ranelle Kirchner. You'll learn new twists on classic soup and stew recipes that are delicious and approachable enough to make for any cold day. Class menu will include: West African Peanut Stew Vegan Potato Leek Squash…

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“Stay Wild”: A Deep Dive Into Alaskan Fishing

January 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$15

Our fish experts, and friends, at Sitka Salmon Shares (SSS) are back for another Discover series class taking a deeper look into sustainable fishing. This educational and interactive class, taught by SSS MN Manager Richie Mann, will feature an in-depth look into the people and the work behind SSS. Joining us in class via live stream will be SSS Kodiak Fleet Manager, Ryan Horwath. He will discuss day to day life as a fisherman, conservation practices, harvesting techniques, the history…

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Empanadas with Quebracho

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Join Argentinian chef Belén Rodríguez, owner of the popular Minneapolis pop-up Quebracho, in this hands on class that's all about her famous empanadas! With Belén as your expert guide you'll learn to make empanada dough from scratch, cook a delicious savory filling, and make traditional Argentinian chimichurri. You'll stay busy crimping, baking, and finally sharing them together family style. You'll have a chance to ask questions of Belén about empanadas, the other delicious pies and charcuterie on Quebracho's menu, and…

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The Kid Friendly Kitchen

January 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$55

Whether your child is a foodie in training or has never stepped foot in the kitchen, getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to bring your family together to learn about and enjoy home cooked meals. This hands on class taught by Beth Jones, along with one of her own kids, is designed for you and your child to cook together. Beth will go over basics of sanitation, using knives safely (including easy things you can cut…

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Fresh Pasta 201

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Are you ready to level up your pasta game? Go beyond the basics in this hands-on class. Husband-and-wife dynamic duo Joan and David Donatelle will teach you how to make several varieties of filled fresh pastas. You'll learn how to work with pasta dough including rolling, shaping, and filling, along with simple sauces to complement your creations. Class menu will include: Cheese and Raisin Ravioli with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce Tortelli Piacentini con la Code (Tortelli with a Tail) with…

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Make Your Own Injera

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Injera, a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, is a fundamental component of any Ethiopian or Eritrean meal. In fact, this bread is so central to this cuisine, that it is the national dish of those countries! Injera is traditionally made with flour from teff; a tiny and ancient grain native to the area of modern-day Ethiopia that is packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients. In this hands on class with instructor Mimi Selam, you'll learn the multi-stage (but…

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