Cooking Classes in the Foothills

FALL IS THE SEASON TO SAVOR the late-season fruits and vegetables from farmers markets, including pumpkins, apples, pears, and persimmons. The markets are open until Thanksgiving, or year-round, allowing you to create a feast from the local bounty.

It also is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class. The weather is cooler, and the holidays offer an incentive to hone your cooking skills. The classes are imaginative: from hoshigaki to flavors of India and holiday scones. Examples include:

115 Mill St., Grass Valley

Oct. 16 Fall Market Soups
Oct. 23 Light Dishes from the Middle East
Oct. 30 Fall Vegetable Favorites
Nov. 6 Holiday Baking
Nov. 10 Knife Skills Class
Nov. 13 Holiday Sides
Nov. 17 Cupcakes
Nov. 24 Holiday Cookies Dec. 1 French Sauces

648 Zion St., Nevada City

Oct. 18 What’s in Season
Oct. 19 Baking Sourdough
Oct. 21 Kimchi
Oct. 23 Flavors of Thailand
Oct. 25 Vegetarian, Vegan
Oct. 29 Vegan Italian

9230 Cypress St., Newcastle

Oct. 26 Girl’s Night Out
Nov. 20 Scones
Dec. 13 Gifts from the Kitchen
Dec. 21 All-You-Can-Roll Tamales

209 Commercial St., Nevada City

Oct. 21 Mozzarella
Oct. 30 Soapmaking w/Goat’s Milk
Nov. 4 Building a Cheese Plate
Nov. 13 Cheesemaking 101
Nov. 18 Holiday Cheese Treats and Appetizers

Chef’s Table October 20, 2018
An All-Seafood Menu
Individual shrimp, spinach, and garlic custards
Tomato, avocado, and mushroom salad with fall chicories
Steamed mussels in a sauce of white Burgundy and crème fraîche
Pan-fried Pacific lingcod with Valencia orange sauce
Crispy potato cake
Lemon custard tart in sweet almond pastry
Candied pink grapefruit peel
Cognac chocolate truffles
Wine pairings with each course

Tess’ Wine Clubs
Tess’ offers two wine clubs. Each one is ongoing subscriptions with new “collections” offered every other month. They make great gifts as well.

The Vintner Club
$29.99 / bi-monthly
Members receive two reasonably priced bottles of wine. Members may choose: two whites, two reds, or one of each, and may be picked up every other month.

The Sommelier Club
$89.99 / bi-monthly
Designed for the more adventurous, members will receive four bottles of wine. Wines will range from “enjoy now” to “save and cellar” and include wines from around the world. Wines may be picked up every other month. Also included is a companion newsletter with stories about the wines, recipes, and suggested food pairings.

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