Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rio Salado Hosts Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops Fall 2016

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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. 1.

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 the beginner and those looking to improve their knife skills. Demystify terms such as dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening your knives and keeping them sharp. You'll then take everything you honed your skills cutting and whip together a few evening snacks! Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Date Night Cooking
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Fri., Sept. 23, 6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare an amazing Date Night meal with the guidance of a professional chef. You will start off by preparing Kale Caesar Salad; then a center of the plate chicken saltimbocca, porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.


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? Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process in your garden. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of microbes in your soil, and how to employ no-till techniques turning your hard clay into rich, loamy earth by allowing nature work for you. Closed toed shoes are required for this class.

Sushi for Beginners 
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Thu., Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed for students with no sushi making experience. Class will cover essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; and how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen. 

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
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Thu., Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
Farmer's markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables throughout the year in the Valley of the Sun. But how do you cook greens, squash, beets and other Fall/Winter vegetables from the market. You will work to create a menu from local farmer's market vegetables and other goodies. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Let's work together to demystify ravioli making. The workshop will start out with a professional chef demonstrating how to make fresh pasta dough. Workshop participants will then roll pasta into long sheets, stuff with various fillings, cover with more pasta and learn to properly trim the raviolis. Finally, students will learn to cook their homemade raviolis and sample them with house-made pasta sauces.


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 pre-bought pies and pie shells. Learn the tricks of the trade in making homemade pie dough. Workshop participants with then prepare a pumpkin pie filling and bake off their pies. Each participant leaves the workshop with a pumpkin pie just in time for Thanksgiving!




Tamale Fiesta 

Sat., Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to create 2 types of tamales. Students will learn to make green chile chicken, red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class where you will listen and watch our chef demo the do’s and don’ts of making tamales while also making your own tamales. Students will then eat tamales for a late lunch. Proper kitchen attire is required which includes: close toed shoes, long pants and long or short sleeve shirt. Please restrain hair while in the kitchen.

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