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Cooking Classes at the Goodman Community Center

Slow Food Madison is getting ready to kick off a new series of beginner-level cooking classes, and we need volunteers! The class, which meets once a month from June through October, is being developed in partnership with the Goodman Community Center and is supported by a SEED grant. We are looking for volunteers with basic cooking knowledge and an interest in teaching others how to cook simple yet delicious meals at home. Our first class is Saturday, June 14 from 9 until noon, and we are still looking for a couple of volunteers. If you would like to help out at any or all of the classes, please send Trevor a note at

Course Description

Learn how to prepare simple, fresh, delicious meals at home in this five-part cooking series. Each class will cover kitchen basics, tips for shopping economically, and an overview of healthy food preparation techniques. Sign up for all five classes or pick and choose the topics that most appeal to you! No prior cooking experience is necessary. All participants will receive a home pantry “starter kit”.

June 14 – Salads: learn how to turn beautiful spring greens into a quick, flavorful meal with simple homemade salad dressings.

July 12 – Side dishes: seasonal veggies + inexpensive pantry staples = an endless variety of delicious, easy-to-prepare sides. Great for potlucks, lunch boxes, or a light dinner!

August 9 – Main courses: combine easy-to-find ingredients like beans and lentils with fresh summer veggies and–if desired–a bit of meat to create memorable meals that will feed a crowd! Also, tips for pleasing picky eaters.

September 6 – Desserts: a sweet end to your meal doesn’t have to be loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Learn how to feature local fruits and vegetables in a number of quick preparations that are bound to impress your friends and family.

October 11 – Appetizers & snacks: learn how to prepare a variety of flavor-packed snacks that are significantly better for you–not to mention tastier–than their supermarket counterparts.