Chestnut Hill Farm’s culinary themed How to classes (Updated)

Above: The Trustees of Reservations is holding classes this summer for people who appreciate fine/fresh ingredients and/or outdoor dining. (images cropped from events on TTOR website)

Updated (7/17/19 5:33 pm): Editor’s Note: I was informed that the farm needs to cancel all but the last class. Make your own pizza ovens is still on for September. The other three classes that were slated for the summer are being indefinitely postponed with hopes to put them on this fall or sometime next spring/summer.

So disregard the first three classes!

In addition to offering dinners on the farm, Chestnut Hill Farm is offering classes for people who want to improve their dining experiences at home. The how-to classes cover pairings, “No-Cook” cooking, charcoal grilling, and making your own outdoor oven.

Four classes are scheduled for next week through September. Pre-registration is required for all of the following events and space is limited.* 

Pairing Wine and Cheese from TTOR websitePairing Wine and Cheese: Learn, Taste, Enjoy! – Thursday, July 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (register here)

White or red wine with cheese? Which wine is best with blue cheese? Should condiments be served? Bringing cheese and wine together can sometimes seem daunting. Spend an evening outdoors with a local wine & cheese pro and be intimidated no more!

During this fun event, you’ll sample a broad range of amazing artisanal cheeses paired with sublime condiments and superb wines, bringing together symphonies of flavors and textures. You’ll learn how to create fantastic pairings at home as you socialize with friends, all while taking in the beautiful views of Chestnut Hill Farm.

No-Cook Farm-Fresh Dinners from TTOR websiteLearn to Make No-Cook, Farm-Fresh Dinners – Tuesday, July 30, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (register here)

It’s hot out there, so no one wants to turn on the oven. But we all still want delicious, nutritious dinner options. The answer: Whip up cool, tasty dinners made with farm-fresh ingredients!

Join us for an al fresco cooking class and learn to make a three-course, oven-less dinner, filled with fresh veggies from our farm. Then enjoy the results with a glass of wine as you take in the scenic evening views.

You’ll leave with ideas on how to create delicious meals on hot summer nights that make the most of summer’s bounty, delicious new recipes, and a happy, full belly!

Gals who Grill from TTOR websiteGals Who Grill: An Outdoor Cooking Class – Thursday, August 15, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (register here)

Ladies, start your grills! Leaving the kitchen behind and getting out on the grill is the best way to cook in warm weather. Join a local, professional chef for an outdoor, hands-on grilling class designed for women who want to learn how to grill on charcoal.

Way beyond cranking up the gas for burgers and dogs, we’ll cover how to light a grill effectively, how to build a two-zone fire, and how to make the most of your grill’s heat. You’ll cook a three-course meal entirely on the grill as you make flatbreads, a big platter of grilled meat and vegetables, and a simple dessert with grilled fruit. At the end of the class, you’ll dine on your grilled creations as you enjoy the sunset on the farm. Come discover the joy of outdoor cooking!

Build your own Backyard Pizza Oven from TTOR websiteBuild Your Own Backyard Pizza Oven – Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 – 4:00 pm (register here) – Limited to 10 students

Build your own backyard pizza oven!?!? You read that right! Come to this ultimate DIY experience with stone and brick master, Martin Pearson, who will demonstrate how to build a backyard oven and cook pizza in it.

During this day-long, outdoor hands-on experience, learn how to set up a cement disk, build a sand dome, cover it with stiff clay, start a fire, dry out the clay dome, and then cook the pizza in the built oven. At the end, you’ll enjoy eating while marveling at the wonderful masterpiece created. One lucky participant will take the oven home.

You can find details in the blog calendar and on the Trustees’ website.

*Online registration closes 2 days prior. After that you can contact the Trustees to find out if there is space remaining at or 508-658-3112.

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