Natural Foods Co-op Offers More Classes for October

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Dear Readers–Many apologies for my not posting anything the past week or so.  I hope you’re all enjoying this fall weather.

Our neighborhood's own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, at 1900 Alhambra Blvd.

Our neighborhood's own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, at 1900 Alhambra Blvd.

Our friends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op continue to offer a variety of classes, on cooking, community education, and other topics of interest.  Below are some of the upcoming cooking classes; for updated, complete listings, please check the SNFC website.

(All classes are held at the Co-op Community Learning Center and Cooking School at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., right around the corner from the store–unless otherwise noted on the website.  Pre-registration is required; register online; by phone, at (916) 455-2667 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; or in person at the Customer Service Desk in the store.  Payment is required at the time of registration.)

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  A Taste of Argentina.  Go on a Latin American culinary journey, and experience dishes such as: walnut, celery and blue cheese empanadas; humita (corn and squash tamales); sausages with chimichurri sauce; carrot and potato pureé; fresh cheese with quince paste; and cookies with dulce de leche.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Saturday, October 10, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Lasagna Workshop.  Learn to make traditional lasagna with Bolognese sauce; timbale of lasagna Modena style; and polenta lasagna with Italian sausage.  ($35 for co-op owners; $45 for non-owners.)

Monday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Spectacular Seafood Pastas.  Learn to make linguine with clams in a white wine sauce; spaghetti with tomato sauce and mussels; farfalle with pesto and grilled shrimp; and seafood ravioli.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Pizza Perfetto!  Learn to make three different types of pizza dough; whole wheat calzone with grilled chicken; thin-crusted pizza with prosciutto; Chicago deep-dish style with sausage and mushrooms; and quattro formaggi (corn meal crusted pizza with four Italian cheeses and mushrooms).  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Soulful Vegan Soups.  (Part One of a three-part series of classes on “the vegetarian kitchen.”)  Learn to make French lentil stew with potatoes and tarragon; smoky black bean and vegetable soup; spiced butternut squash and coconut milk bisque; and potato and celery-root leek soup.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Monday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Crèpes from Around the World.  Learn to make Indian dosas filled with potato; Italian crespelle with Swiss chard and ricotta; Vietnamese rice flour crèpes with chicken and shrimp; and classic French dessert crèpes with sautéed apples and caramel sauce.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Thai and Vietnamese Cooking With Mai Pham.  Join chef Mai Pham, owner of the Lemon Grass restaurant, on a journey of some of her favorite dishes from Thailand and Vietnam.  She’ll show you how to make:  spicy roasted chicken with rice; lemongrass tofu with shiitake mushrooms; green curry with shrimp; kabocha squash and basil and cucumber salad.  ($35 for co-op owners; $45 for non-owners.)

Wow!  I’m getting hungry just writing all this!  (Especially that pizza class up there…hmm…)

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