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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! Our new Discover Webinar Series gives local food makers and businesses a platform to share their story and knowledge, while also educating participants on the role their business plays in creating a stronger, more sustainable local food system.

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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December 2019

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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar (Zoom), 555 Zoom Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55555 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Super Sushi

January 23, 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. You’ll discuss ingredients, including 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 of practice, you will be able to enjoy fresh and delicious homemade sushi whenever the mood strikes! Class menu will include: California…

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Introduction to Loose Leaf Tea

January 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$30

Like fine wines, high-quality teas are full of nuanced flavors influenced by their terroir and processing. In this cozy afternoon class with tea master, and owner of Tenmoku Tea, Jonathan Kniseley, you'll learn about tea from leaf to cup. Explore how geography, culture, climate, and processing transforms a humble leaf into the wide variety of teas enjoyed around the world. Using traditional teaware you'll learn to properly brew and taste green, oolong, and oxidized varieties of tea and learn about…

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Deep Rich Winter Bliss

January 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 United States
$70

Cold winter afternoons are the perfect time to put a pot on the stove, relax, and let the magic of low and slow heat transform simple ingredients into a deeply flavored meat sauce that is just what you crave in the dead of winter. In this hands on class with chef and low and slow cooking enthusiast, Bob Wood, you'll learn how to use time and classic techniques to build flavors in your sauce. You'll round out the meal with…

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Perfect Puff Pastry

January 29, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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