Fall cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills

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

Fall 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:

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE
115 Mill St., Grass Valley TessKitchenStore.com

Oct. 11 New Hong Kong Chinese Cooking
Oct. 13 Pressure Cooker Demonstration
Oct. 18 Refreshing Fall Salads
Oct. 25 London Pub Fish ‘n Chips
Oct. 29 Brioche and Puff Pastry
Nov. 1 New Thanksgiving Traditions
Nov. 8 Authentic Vietnamese
Nov. 15 Flavors of India
Nov. 18 Fall Soup Favorites

Nov. 5 Chef’s Table
A Late Fall Dinner from Tuscany
Fried polenta strips with fennel and arugula salad; Wild mushroom puffs in savory broth with Parmesan; Yellowfin tuna with cannellini beans, red onion and extra virgin olive oil; Braised rabbit in sweet and sour sauce with raisins and pinenuts; House-made fettuccine; Warm caramelized apple fonduto with panna; Pizzelle; Chocolate almonds

WHEYWARD GIRL CREAMERY
209 Commercial St., Nevada City WheywardGirlCreamery.com

Oct. 23 & Nov. 6 Cheese Making 101
Oct. 25 Mold Ripened Cheese
Nov. 15 Pressed Cheese
Nov. 20 Feta and More

NEWCASTLE PRODUCE
9230 Cypress St., Newcastle NewcastleProduce.net

Oct. 13 Fall Soups
Oct. 14 Gather
Oct. 18 Harvest Scones
Oct. 21 Dia de los Muertos: Sugar Skulls
Nov. 4 Harvest Soups
Nov. 11 Gather
Dec. 1 Homemade
Dec. 6 Winter Soups
Dec. 9 Gather
Dec. 14 Holiday Scones
Dec. 21 Tamales

Hoshigaki
Learn the lost art of drying your own persimmons. Placer County has a rich history and culture surrounding the persimmon tree. Oct. 27 at Newcastle Produce.

BRIARPATCH COMMUNITY COOKING SCHOOL
648 Zion St., Nevada City BriarPatch.coop

A BriarPatch Vegetarian Thanksgiving
On Nov. 17, BriarPatch offers a cooking class to satisfy the vegetarians at your table with some colorful, simple, and satisfying dishes, such as zucchini parmigiano, caramelized onions and brussels sprouts, and sticky rice and sweet potatoes.

(Photo: Rachel Rosenthal)

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