farmbelly cooking classes
Farmbelly cooking classes take place in the comfort of your home, office, or rented local venue. Here's how classes work:
- Chef + Farmer Michelle brings all the local ingredients and equipment
- Together we will cook either a 4-course menu or spend our time focusing on a specific skill (Cheesemaking, Pickling, etc)
- Students will enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the class, and will walk away with a detailed recipe packet.
Hands-on classes typically last 2-3 hours, with a maximum class size of 8 people to ensure the highest quality of instruction. For larger groups, demonstration-style classes can be customized to fit your needs. Pricing varies based on class topic, size of group, and venue.
See below for a list of private class topics currently offered + a sample menu for each class.
Please note that menus will fluctuate with seasonal availability of local ingredients.
FARMBELLY PRIVATE COOKING CLASS TOPICS | SUMMER 2017
To sign up for a Farmbelly cooking class (or to customize your own unique class), please visit our CONTACT page.
EAT LIKE A FARMER
A Farmbelly favorite! This is a perfect class for larger groups looking to learn more about sourcing, preparing, and cooking with seasonal + local produce. During this class, we will cover:
Sourcing Local Produce - learn all the insider tips + tricks for sourcing from the best local farmers in Santa Barbara.
Herbs 101 - learn how to purchase, store, chop, and cook with fresh and dried herbs. We will make our own herb butter creations to enjoy with toasted sourdough and freshly harvested veggies.
Homemade Vinaigrettes - learn the art of making healthy + flavorful vinaigrettes at home. Everyone makes their own unique salad dressing to enjoy with a big farmers market salad.
Knife Skills - master important knife skills while prepping fresh farmers market veggies for our big family-style salad bowl.
Learn the science behind fresh cheesemaking and master the (surprisingly straightforward) techniques for making farm fresh cheeses in your own home!
Creme Fraiche / Yogurt
Whole Milk Ricotta
PICKLING + FERMENTING 101
Master the art of quick pickling and fermenting with Farmer + Chef Michelle Aronson! You'll walk away empowered with new knife skills, a better understanding of the science behind pickling/fermented foods, a detailed recipe packet, and a belly full of farm fresh goodness.
Farmers' Market Quick Pickles
Preserved Meyer Lemons
From artichokes to zucchini and everything in between, this class teaches you how to select, prep, slice + dice and confidently cook nearly every kind of vegetable! A perfect class for anyone looking to master all those funky vegetables that you've always wondered how to use in your home kitchen.
Compound Herb Butters with Creekside Farm Focaccia Bread
Farmers’ Market Salad with a Medley of Seasonal Vegetables & Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken over Seasonal Vegetables & Herbs
Flourless Zucchini Chocolate Chip Oat Brownies
FRESH FROM THE FARMERS' MARKET
This class will teach you all the tips + tricks for rocking your next visit to the farmers' market, and you'll learn to master basic culinary techniques to make the most of local, seasonal produce all year long.
Green Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Balsamic Glazed Beet Roots & Greens
Grilled Flank Steak with Fresh Herb Salsa Verde
Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Pistachios and Whipped Coconut Cream
KNIFE SKILLS 101
The key to confidence in the kitchen starts with mastering a few basic knife skills. In this hands-on class you will learn the ins and outs of selecting and sharpening your chef’s knife, as well as the basics of chopping, dicing, mincing - all while whipping up a delicious, locally sourced meal!
Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Radishes, Mint and Ricotta Salata OR Spring Greens Soup topped with Homemade Creme Fraiche
Classic Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken
Roasted Local Root Vegetables with Rustic Herbs
Honey & Mascarpone Citrus Parfait with Santa Barbara Pistachios
COOKING WITH HERBS
In this class, you’ll learn the proper techniques for purchasing, storing, and cooking with your favorite fresh and dried culinary herbs, plus tips on growing your own herbs at home!
Compound Herb Butters with Creekside Farm Focaccia Bread
Farmers’ Market Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Baked Seabass or Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
Honey & Thyme Poached Pears
Learn how to elevate a wide range of dishes - from salad dressings and starters to entrees and desserts - by mastering these key techniques and irresistible sauces.
Farmers Market Green Salad with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing
Patatas Bravas with Chipotle Aioli Sauce
Bronzed Seabass or Halibut with Lemon Butter Pan Sauce
Blood Orange Caramel Sauce with Local Citrus & Vanilla Ice Cream
Salads are Michelle's specialty... but these aren't your momma's salads! Bursting with flavor, hearty grains, vegetables, herbs, and homemade dressings - these are recipes you'll be happy to have in your arsenal.
Green Power Salad with Fresh Kale, Apples, Cucumber & Lentils
Roasted Vegetable "Buddha Bowl" with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Local Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Feta & Fresh Herbs
Chef & Farmer Michelle has followed a gluten-free diet for over 10 years, and she has learned to embrace gluten-free eating by amassing an arsenal of delicious and healthy recipes. In this class, you will gain a better understanding of gluten & gluten allergies, and you will learn how to avoid gluten at the grocery store and in restaurants.
Gluten Free Multi-Seed Loaf with Homemade Herb Butter
Kale Power Salad with Lemon Herb Vinagrette
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sage Brown Butter, Lemon, Hazelnuts & Parmesan
Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies
CALIFORNIA PICNIC PARTY
Be the friend that everyone wants to invite to their picnic after learning these fun and stress-free recipes for alfresco dining.
Herbed Hummus Platter with Local Olives, Cucumbers, Feta & Pita
French Vinaigrette Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs
Italian Muffulata Sandwich
Assorted Homemade Cacao Truffles
Craving a cooking class on a topic you don't see here? Drop us a line!
The Farmbelly team looks forward to customizing classes to meet your needs.