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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.  

ALERT: With the health and wellbeing of our community as our first priority and with the current situation regarding COVID-19 in mind, we have decided to cancel our cooking classes through the end of April. We will reopen for cooking classes when we determine it is appropriate, stay tuned to this page, our social media accounts, or sign up for our newsletter for updates.

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January 2020

Perfect Puff Pastry

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Puff pastry is made by layering (in pastry speak: “laminating”) dough and butter to make many thin layers of butter that create steam and “puff” up in the oven to make the crisp, flaky texture beloved in croissants, danishes, and other flaky favorites. The process might sound like magic, but with an expert teacher to guide you, you’ll be casting your own flaky, buttery spells before you know it! Puff master Randi Madden will teach you all about lamination (ingredients,…

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Winter in Alsace

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

Alsace is a unique region in northeastern France bordered by both Germany and Switzerland. Nestled in the plain of the Rhine river with the Vosges mountains to the east, the region alternated between German and French control over centuries, resulting in a unique cuisine that reflects a mix of those cultures. In this hands on class instructor Bret Bannon will take you on a culinary tour exploring this region. You'll create traditional dishes that showcase the delicious and hearty melding…

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February 2020

Good Gut: Cooking With and Eating Fermented Foods

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

You've probably heard by now how naturally fermented foods support your health (thank you probiotics!), but you might still be wondering how to get them on your plate. The world of fermented foods is diverse (kraut, kimchi, sour pickles, miso!) and incorporating ferments into your meals is a simple and delicious way to reap the benefits of these foods for your health, and your tastebuds. In this hands on class with master fermenter and owner of Topos Ferments, Jim Bovino,…

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Southwest Winter Dinner

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

Take a break from winter and its soups and stews to bask in the sunshine-filled Southwest in this hands on class with chef Bret Bannon. Sunny and seasonal citrus is at it's prime and you'll learn to use it in an unusual salad featuring grapefruit (and tequila!), marinated steak tacos, and a blood orange crème anglaise to accompany dessert. You'll leave class with new techniques learned, and a peppy menu you can use for any staycation dinner! Class menu will…

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Foundations: Knife Skills 101

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

Could your small-dicing skills use some work? Do you find yourself wondering “who is Julie Anne?”  Perhaps, you’d just like to feel more in control next time you’re wielding a knife. Whether you’re a beginner cook or have spent some time away from the kitchen- look no further! Come hone (knife joke) your skills with The Good Acre’s very own Chef Sadie Sayre as you work through a variety of classical culinary knife cuts used for preparing vegetables. Then you'll…

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Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

Give your sweetie, and your heart some love this Valentine's Day by cooking up a meal that celebrates some of the delicious and heart-healthy components of a Mediterranean diet. In this hands on class with husband-and-wife dynamic duo Joan and David Donatelle, you'll craft a date night worthy menu featuring fresh produce, fish, whole grains, dark chocolate, and of course, a little red wine. Bring your sweetheart, your BFF, or even your mom to learn and cook together as you…

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Food of the Caucasus

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

The Caucasus is a mountainous region situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, consisting of southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. This area has a rich and varied history as it intersects many ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. The resulting cuisine is a unique mix of influences from around the region that combine to create delicious dishes filled with produce of the area. In this hands on class with instructor Judy Ohannesian you'll explore regional vegetarian specialties of…

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Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen: Mayan Stews

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

Join us for a special class with award-winning cookbook author and chef, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. A Guatemala native, Amalia has been passionate about food and cooking since she was very young. She credits her maternal grandmother for her inspiration and love of fresh ingredients and artisan cuisine. Mayan cookery is the backbone and the ancient foundation upon which Guatemalan cuisine is built. Amalia travels regularly to her homeland to stay connected to her roots and continue to rediscover her culture. During…

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Citrus Celebration

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Late winter's sunnier days are the perfect time to celebrate the glories of citrus season. With these fruits at their peak, you'll want to let them shine with simple recipes and proper techniques that highlight their punchy combination of flavor and acid. In this hands on class with chef Christopher Buchel, you'll learn how to use citrus to cure raw fish in a simple crudo that will wow your guests, whip up an unconventional salad (no wilting greens here!), and…

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March 2020

Plant Your Garden, and Cook It Too!

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

FLASH SALE- Originally $75, now $65! Spring planting season is almost upon us! If you're starting a backyard garden from scratch this year, or want to up your game with the one you already have, this class will help you make the most of your garden this growing season. In this class taught by Courtney Tchida, of the Horticulture Society, and Beth Jones, Executive Chef at the U of M's Campus Club, you'll learn what to plant and how to…

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Shabu Shabu: Japanese Beef Hot Pot

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

Shabu Shabu is a special type of nabe, or Japanese hot pot, that features high quality thinly sliced beef as the centerpiece. While often eaten in restaurants or for special occasions, this dish can also easily be made at home. It's the perfect fun and tasty meal to enjoy with friends or family as it is cooked and eaten at the table as a family-style one-pot meal. In this hands on cooking class with instructor Kimiko Molasky you'll work together…

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Julia’s Provençal Kitchen

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

Paul and Julia Child had their first meal in France at a restaurant in Rouen on their way to Paris. The meal was so good it inspired Julia's decades-long love affair with French cuisine. The couple eventually had a home in Grasse, located in Provence, and Julia spent years cooking and teaching the world this beloved cuisine. In this hands on class with instructor Bret Bannon you'll recreate, in part, that first memorable meal in Rouen, with some Provençal additions,…

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Super Sushi

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

In this hands on class, Chef Koshiki Smith of St. Paul’s dearly departed Tanpopo restaurant will teach you how to make your very own hand-rolled sushi. Chef Koshiki will be joined by friend, and fish expert, Richie Mann of Sitka Salmon Shares as you learn about ingredients, including choosing the right fish, rice and fillings, and different types of sushi. Then, under Chef Koshiki’s expert guidance, you’ll try your hand at making your very own sushi rolls. With a bit…

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CANCELED- Discover: Sourdough with Laune Bread

March 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$15

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED Sourdough, the oldest form of leavened bread, has been around for millennia and is eaten by cultures across the globe. Likely discovered as a happy accident when bread dough was left out and wild yeasts drifted into the mix, the result was bread with a light texture and delicious taste. Laune Bread is subscription based micro-bakery based in Minneapolis. Their naturally leavened sourdough breads are whole grain focused and sourced primarily from Minnesota. They bake…

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CANCELED- Luck of the Irish

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day in the kitchen by cooking up an Irish inspired menu in this hands on cooking class with instructor Randi Madden. You'll learn and cook together before enjoying your meal, accompanied by a creamy Guinness of course. From a hearty and familiar stew to new preparations of Irish staples like potatoes and cabbage, you'll learn techniques and recipes that are sure to make any meal feel ☘️. Class menu will include:…

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CANCELED- Garlic Lovers

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED With spring produce still a distant dream, March menus are the perfect place to inject a punch of flavor and excitement with a year-round favorite: garlic. Aside from its unmistakable and irreplaceable flavor, garlic boasts numerous health benefits and is an important ingredient in many cuisines. In this hands on class with instructor and registered dietician, Ranelle Kirchner, you'll learn all about how to use garlic in delicious vegetarian recipes from around the globe that…

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CANCELED- Banh Mi

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED The Twin Cities boasts more than a few places to snag a delicious Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich but with the right knowledge and ingredients, you can create a tasty Banh Mi in your own kitchen. Banh Mi are more than just sandwiches, they tell a story of Vietnamese history and the effects of colonialism on its cuisine. In this hands on class, Chef Chris Buchel will share his love of Vietnamese cuisine as you explore…

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CANCELED- Exploring Ethiopian and Eritrean Flavors

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED Explore the delicious flavors and techniques of authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine in this class with instructor Mimi Selam. With approachable techniques you can replicate at home, you'll learn to cook dishes with a variety of fresh ingredients and flavors, from light and mild to sizzling plates packed with exotic spices. Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine is also famous for flavorful vegetarian dishes that can be enjoyed by meat-eaters and vegetarians alike! Class menu will include:…

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CANCELED- Lahmajun: Armenian Pizza

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED Armenia may be a small country but it's well known for its flavorful and unique cuisine that marries influences from the surrounding countries in the region. One specialty, in particular, has made a name for Armenian food across the globe -- Lahmajun. This Armenian take on pizza consists of chewy hand-tossed and formed flatbread topped with a mildly spicy ground meat topping. In this hands on class with instructor Judy Ohannesian you'll work together making…

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CANCELED- Ayurvedic Breakfast

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$65

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED Using the five elements found in nature as its guiding principles, Ayurveda, India's ancient system of holistic health and wellbeing, beckons us to revisit our approach to food, ingredients, and cooking techniques. Health and wellness is the foundation of Ayurvedic cooking, which utilizes six tastes to bring satisfaction and balance to all levels of mind, body, and spirit. The typical American breakfast of smoothies, cold cereals, and refined carbohydrates contradicts many of the principles of…

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