Culinary Basics

Our Culinary Basics classes provide the foundation for cooking well. You'll learn what different foods are all about, how to use the tools in your kitchen, what the different cooking methods are and how to use them. You'll explore food like never before and learn the same techniques professional chefs use. From pots and pans to ingredients to finished dishes, our classes will enlighten, educate and excite you.

Our classes can be taken individually or by program, you chose! We can even structure a program specifically for your needs. Classes are hands on, 3 hours in length and are taught Monday through Saturday. There's no limit to what you'll achieve in the kitchen, it all starts with you at Alchemy of the Hearth.

The Basics of Canning Apr-26-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

There is no better way to preserve the wonderful flavors of our harvest than through canning. Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd as she teaches you the proper way to prepare and can the magnificent bounty of our local farms...

The Varieties of Rice Cooking 102 Apr-30-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

Most of us know how to cook white rice or we think we can. Did you know that rice comes in many colors? Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd for an exploration into the world of rice...

Saute and Sear Mastering Technique May-01-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

The secret to cooking well doesn't lie in knowing a ton of recipes. Cooking well relies on time tested techniques passed down from generation to generation of cooks...

Basic Knife Skills May-01-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

A good knife is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. Knowing how to use one and which knife does what job makes cooking all the more pleasurable...

BBQ University May-03-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

The secret to a great barbeque lies within the magic of the rub, the marinade, the mop and the sauce used in the preparation of your meat. Learn how to create your own fabulous flavors, when to use them and why they are so integral to great barbeque...

Chicken Chicken and More Chicken Cooking 101 May-07-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us as we explore the world of the humble chicken. From eggs to bird, learn all about the majesty of this wonderful bird including: how to buy, cut, store and prepare...

Grains Cooking 102 May-14-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

Grains are the foundation of our diet, yet, many of us are not familiar with how to prepare them properly. Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd for an evening dedicated to preparing the best nature has to offer...

All About Spice and Herbs Cooking 101 May-21-2014 - Arleen Lloyd

Seasoning is the most important component of cooking a great meal. Spices and herbs are the mainstays in creating the perfect seasoning mix. Join us as we explore the differences between herbs and spices, what each is meant to do and how different combinations create the most wonderful alchemy...