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/Fermenting, etc)
  • Students will enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout and/or at the end of the class, and will receive a detailed recipe packet. 

Hands-on classes typically last 2-3 hours. Private in-home classes are designed for groups of 4 to 8 people. For larger groups, demonstration-style classes can be customized to fit your needs. Pricing varies based on class topic, group size, and venue.

For more information and to request a quote, please visit our CONTACT page. 

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 | FALL 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.


Farmhouse Cheesemaking

Learn the science behind fresh cheesemaking and master the (surprisingly straightforward) techniques for making farm fresh cheeses in your own home! 

SAMPLE MENU:

Cultured Butter

Creme Fraiche / Yogurt

Whole Milk Ricotta

Fresh Mozzarella


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.

SAMPLE MENU:

Farmers' Market Quick Pickles

Preserved Meyer Lemons

Homemade Sauerkraut


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Vegetable butchery

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. 

SAMPLE MENU:

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. 

SAMPLE MENU:

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


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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! 

SAMPLE MENU:

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!

SAMPLE MENU:

Compound Herb Butters with Creekside Farm Focaccia Bread

Farmers’ Market Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Baked Seabass or Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce 

Parmesan Polenta

Honey & Thyme Poached Pears with Whipped Cardamom Cream


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MASTERING SAUCES

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. 

SAMPLE MENU:

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


PIZZA PARTY

Master the art of making homemade pizza from scratch, using all fresh and local ingredients. 

SAMPLE MENU:

Homemade Pizza Dough

Rustic Tomato Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pesto 

Fresh Fig Tart with Honey-Marscapone Cheese + Walnuts


SUPERPOWER SALADS

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.

SAMPLE MENU:

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


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DELICIOUSLY GLUTEN-FREE

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.

SAMPLE MENU:

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 & Orange Cake


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. 

SAMPLE MENU:

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.