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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are no longer hosting in-person cooking classes but we are excited to gather with you virtually! Check out our food business-focused workshops and our Discover Series classes, which give local chefs, food makers, and businesses a platform to share their stories and knowledge.

Even without classes, our kitchen continues to play a vital role in building a strong local food system. It’s currently used by over a dozen local food makers and is home to our new VoCul program.

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March 2020

Julia’s Provençal Kitchen

March 11, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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May 2020

Season Preview Webinar with Mississippi Market

May 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
Free

Join us on Wednesday, May 6th for a Zoom webinar giving you an inside look at the upcoming growing season! Our featured speakers include UMN Climatologist Mark Seeley, and The Good Acre's Grower Support Specialist, David VanEeckhout. Mark will kick things off with an in-depth look at the current climate and weather challenges our farmers are facing and will share his farm-focused forecast for the growing season ahead. Next, David Van Eeckhout, will talk about how farmers in our region…

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August 2020

Discover: Sourdough with Laune Bread

August 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

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 their breads with freshly milled local flour and rely on natural fermentation to turn out beautiful loaves of sourdough. A bit European, a bit west coast American, Laune Bread is committed to producing high quality, local, "slow" bread. Join us in this Zoom webinar where you'll learn about the process of natural bread fermentation from…

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Discover: Minnesota State Fair

August 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States
Free

Closing due to public health concerns isn't anything new for the Minnesota State Fair, in fact, it was a polio epidemic that shut the fair down last time, back in 1946. While we sure will miss the 2020 State Fair we hope you'll join us for a great virtual get together with State Fair Archivist, Keri Huber. Keri will share historical photos, facts, and ag focused anecdotes that will shed light on the rich 161-year history of what we think is the…

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September 2020

Discover: Apples with Minneapolis Cider Co.

September 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

When fall is in the air, it’s time to put cider in your cup! Join us on Thursday, September 24th for a virtual celebration all about apples and the art of cider making with Jason Dayton and Rob Fisk of Minneapolis Cider Company, a local cider company based in Northeast, Minneapolis. In this free class, you’ll learn about the different varieties of local cider and spirits made at Minneapolis Cider Company. Head Cider Maker, Rob Fisk, will share insight into…

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October 2020

Discover: Knives with Tera Forge

October 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

Prepare yourself for a knife class like no other! Stephen Aysta, owner of Tera Forge Knives will walk you through the basics of knife anatomy and construction and common knife terms and their meanings. Stephen will also go in-depth into the styles of knives and their intended uses, steel considerations, edge angle mysteries, and easy maintenance tips. Who better than someone with over 20 years of knife making and sharpening experience to help you hone your knowledge on the most…

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November 2020

Discover: Flexible & Classy Holiday Cocktails

November 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States
Free

SOLD OUT! If you'd like the recording of this event, please email [email protected] The holidays are always hectic but may end up being extra weird this year; smaller gatherings and last-minute surprises (both drop-ins and cancelations) seem likely. Staying flexible with menus and plans will help, so cocktail aficionado (and WCCO Meteorologist!) Mike Augustyniak designed a cocktail class for us with that in mind. Using some of the ingredients you already have in your fridge, and with a little prep…

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December 2020

Discover: Baking Cookies!

December 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

Get into the holiday baking spirit in this hour-long virtual baking bonanza with Sadie Sayre, owner of Babe in the Woods Baking Company! A veteran of the Twin Cities restaurant industry (and TGA's Kitchen Coordinator!), Sadie has long dreamed of a better world in foodservice that isn't tied to chef culture: grueling hours, poor working conditions, divisive kitchen environments. Instead, she celebrates food that is magical, imaginative, and accessible - with these tenants in mind Babe in the Woods Baking…

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January 2021

Virtual Farm Share Info Session

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States
Free

Join in as our Farm Share Manager, Karin Davey talks all things farm share! From what's in the box to where you can pick up, we'll take a deep dive into the program while answering questions you've submitted prior to the event and in real-time. Special guests include Mike Braucher of Sunshine Harvest Farm, our meat add-on supplier, and LyLee Vu of LV Gardens who has been growing for our farm share since its inception. At the end of this event, we hope you’ll have a…

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February 2021

Discover: Beyond Soul Food

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States
Free

In celebration of Black History Month, join us for a virtual soulful cooking class led by TGA’s Culinary Education Manager, Chef Lachelle Cunningham. Chef Lachelle will guide you through the plant-based foundations of soul food and reveal some of the healing properties of the common herbs and spices used to build flavors of this distinctly American cuisine. Hear about how this cuisine and its evolution has impacted Lachelle’s personal food story and then follow along as she demonstrates one of…

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Defining Your Value Proposition

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

Knowing your why is the foundation to any successful business. This virtual workshop will help you find your why, and will get you asking the right questions; not can you make this product, but should you? Through virtual interactive group discussion, real-world examples, and focused writing prompts you will create and define your unique value proposition. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to pitch your business, develop your product, and know your why. Click here to register. This event is…

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March 2021

Creating a One-Page Business Plan & Licensing 101

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 United States

You’ve got your why, now where do you go from there? Building your business starts with a clear blueprint. Knowing who you are and where you want to go will help you stay on course as you navigate the next steps. In this virtual workshop, we’ll take the fear out of business plan writing by helping you to create a one-page plan designed to be a tool that you’ll actually use and come back to as you grow. The second…

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