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 Earth's Bounty Cooking 101 Apr-30-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Did you know that a healthy diet consists of 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day? But, do you really know how to cook a rutabaga or brussel sprouts? Join us as we explore the earth's bounty and learn the how, when, why and where of vegetables and fruits...

Basic Knife Skills May-05-2016 - 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...

The Basics of Canning May-06-2016 - 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 Mother Sauces Cooking 101 May-07-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

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BBQ University May-13-2016 - 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-14-2016 - 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...

The Ocean's Bounty Cooking 101 May-21-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us as we explore the ocean’s bounty and the how to of selecting fish and shellfish, the best cooking methods, when to buy, proper storing, and how much to buy...

Salumi How to Cure Meats at Home May-25-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us for a morning of pork pleasure where we will reveal the secrets to the art of home meat curing. Using time honored techniques; you will learn the "how to" of transforming the humble pig into salumi, bacon, pâtés, and more...