August’s selection is “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life–its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

Back by popular demand! Learn the basics of food photography with local professional photographer Katie Blauser of Blink of an Eye Photography. Through the assembly of a beautiful charcuterie board, Katie will discuss  how to style and photograph food including lighting tricks and how to use color. Check out her Instagram @eatprettydarling for inspiration.  Attendees will have the opportunity to assemble their own board to enjoy and photograph their creations. All you need to bring is your own phone or camera.

Katie Blauser is the mama of three boys, wife of a picky eater, and photographer at Eat Pretty Darling. She believes in making food fun, healthy, & pretty! Katie’s not only outnumbered by boys in her little family, but also by picky eaters. She loves trying to find new ways to get both kids and adults to eat healthy while making food pretty yummy, pretty healthy, and pretty fun! 

Space is limited to 10 participants.

Cost – $25 per person

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to your ticket purchase.

 

Have fun in the kitchen and learn the basics of cooking!

This series will focus on on a different theme each week and  food inspirations behind them.  We’ll prepare the dishes and eat our creations. This is a hands on class and kids will be cooking with supervision.

Crowd Favorites- Chicken Tenders, Macaroni and Cheese, Real Lemonade, Homemade Ice Cream

We will start promptly at 10am, so please arrive on time. Waivers must be signed by parents/guardians in advance. We will email you the event waiver once you purchase your ticket. Class size is limited to 8 students, so purchase your ticket today!

*Menu is subject to slight changes

Ages 8-13

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to your ticket purchase.

Have fun in the kitchen and learn the basics of cooking!

This series will focus on on a different theme each week and  food inspirations behind them.  We’ll prepare the dishes and eat our creations. This is a hands on class and kids will be cooking with supervision.

Science in the Kitchen – menu is TBD, but we will be doing science and eating it!

We will start promptly at 10am, so please arrive on time. Waivers must be signed by parents/guardians in advance. We will email you the event waiver once you purchase your ticket. Class size is limited to 8 students, so purchase your ticket today!

*Menu is subject to slight changes

Ages 8-13

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to your ticket purchase.

Summer is here! We’re excited for days in the sun, catching lightning bugs, and yummy summertime foods. Join us for stories in the shop that will focus on foods, the kitchen, and the summer season. 

Do you enjoy cooking but you don’t have the space? Want to make some new friends that enjoy cooking? Want to bring a group to learn some new recipes? We’ll all be cooking together and sharing the meal.

We’re celebrating summer this month and working out of Rick Rodgers “Summer Gatherings”. The menu will include tasty summer goodies: Heirloom tomato and cheese tort, Peperonata, Classic basil pesto with pasta, and Mixed berry slump.  This is a hands-on evening of cooking with friends, perfect for a double, triple, or quadruple date with friends, or a girls night out. One of our Bookshop staff will facilitate the evening, but you get to make this your own! While we are not able to serve alcoholic beverages, you are welcome to bring your own for the evening. We are limited to 8 guests for this event, so sign up early!

Cost – $25

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to your ticket purchase.

In July we will be reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

Taste T Love Baby Food will be in our kitchen to teach you how to make the best food for your baby. You know what you’re putting into your body, know what your baby is eating as well.  Avoid allergies and fillers in your little one’s food and fill them with nutritious, fresh, and delicious foods of the season.

Follow them on Instagram – @tastetlove and on Facebook – @tastetlovebabyfood

Cost – $40 per person

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to your ticket purchase.

Do you find it difficult to eat a healthy lunch because of your busy schedule?

Katie Blauser will be in our kitchen ready to talk strategy and how to plan ahead for healthy, tasty lunches every day of the week. You’ll never be bored with your lunch every again after this class. She’ll show us different ideas that are sure to be lots of fun and interesting. Each attendee will also receive a gorgeous Bento Box to take home!

Katie Blauser is the mama of three boys, wife of a picky eater, and photographer at Eat Pretty Darling. She believes in making food fun, healthy, & pretty! Katie’s not only outnumbered by boys in her little family, but also by picky eaters. She loves trying to find new ways to get both kids and adults to eat healthy while making food pretty yummy, pretty healthy, and pretty fun!

Price: $40 per person

Seating is limited to 8 people, so sign up quickly!

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to purchasing your ticket.