Louisiana Cooking Class -- Preservation and Canning: Fruit Fields of the Mississippi Delta
Louisiana Cooking Class -- Preservation and Canning: Fruit fields of the Mississippi Delta Time: Saturday, September 7, 10am-2pm Instructor: Chefs Sierra Torres and Grace Treffinger Location: NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street ABOUT THIS CLASS One of the best parts of summer is the abundance of fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets around New Orleans. But are you tired of eating cucumbers in your salad? Want to eat strawberry jam on warm toast in the winter? Spent the weekend picking blueberries at your local farm and you have no idea what to do with them?! Join us and learn basic preservation and canning methods that you can replicate in your own kitchen. Even better: you'll walk out of the class with several jars of preserves to enjoy at home! Menu: Peach Jam Blueberry Jam Pepper Jelly Sweet or Dill Pickles Tomato Sauce ABOUT THE LOUISIANA COOKING SERIES Food is a language of many cultures, words, and visions. Whether we are sharing a table with our family, our friends, or someone we just met, we all have a special connection to the food that we are eating. It’s what makes us human. Over the course of six classes, Sierra and Grace will delve into different eco-regions of the Gulf South, learning about the land, its people, and each other through cooking. From the grazing prairies upriver to the bayous of the southeast, where does our food really come from? How do we sustain these traditions? Who are the growers, farmers, fisherpeople, shrimpers, cooks, and families making all this possible? We invite you to explore these places and stories by cooking with us! This series will give you space to explore our local food systems and transform seasonal ingredients from the Gulf South into delicious meals that reflect a mixture of many cultures and communities. If you want to truly understand Louisiana food and cooking, you must first know the people and the ingredients who make our cuisine so rich and diverse, from the farmers who have cultivated crops in the rich soils of the Mississippi Delta for centuries to the fisherpeople who wake up every morning as the sun rises to bring us the freshest fish and shrimp. What would Louisiana cuisine and culture be without these ingredients and individuals? Join Sierra and Grace in deconstructing what we know and love about food, from the ingredients that have inspired regional traditions to the original cultures that created these culinary roots. Let's explore each others’ stories and histories through sharing time around the stove and table. Let's remember where we come from and that how we eat is always at the center of it. REQUIREMENTS Enrollment is limited to adults 18 and over. Participants should come dressed appropriately, with long-sleeve shirts, long pants (no skirts, please), and flat, non-slip, closed-toe shoes. No sandals or flip-flops. Long hair should be pulled back. This is an active class, so participants should be prepared for a fair amount of physical activity, including standing for long periods. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS Chefs Sierra Torres and Grace Treffinger are New Orleans locals and proud alumni of NOCCA's Culinary Arts department. They firmly believe that cooking and eating are social activities and that we're at our best when we're sharing food with others. They also understand the importance of locally sourced produce, meats, and herbs--all of which Louisiana offers in abundance. And they appreciate the complexity of our modern-day foodways, from the needs of farmers to the value of native species. They hope to share their knowledge and passion with cooks of all skill levels, giving them the tools and inspiration to prepare food for themselves, their families, and friends. Sierra Torres Sierra Torres is a "bayou girl", a Louisiana native born in the Crescent City. If growing up in the swamps of the Mississippi Delta can teach you anything, it's how to love your family, the food that brings you together, and the farmers, fishers, and animals who made it all possible.
2800 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
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