Organic, Santa Cruz-based New Leaf Community Markets has a wide array of upcoming food, coffee, wine, and cooking events, and some are even free! Below are a few classes in the near future at the Westside Santa Cruz New Leaf (1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz).
For more information, see the New Leaf web site. Sign up online or register for classes by calling (831) 466-9060 x126.
Gluten- and Dairy-Free Valentine’s Menu with Chef Lauren Hoover-West
Hands-on Cooking: learn how to make great cocktails, appetizers includingTruffled Mushroom Pâté Canapés, Veggie & Shrimp Tempura, and the dessert Chocolate Fondue!
Thursday, February 9, 6pm-8:30pm, $35
Healthy Cookbook Club: “The Wine and Food Lover’s Diet” with Chef Jenny Brewer
Hands-on Cooking: this event focuses on a cookbook by Dr. Philip Tirman that combines healthful eating with drinking a little wine yet still losing weight.You will prepare a delicious, multi-course meal, including Spiced Chickpeas, Barley Risotto with Tomatoes and Lemon, Seafood Cakes with Lemon Créme Fraiche, and Flourless Chocolate Cake.
Tuesday, February 14, 6pm-8:30pm, $80 for 2 (includes wine with your meal and one cookbook)
Free Vegan Store Tour & Tasting with Chef Talya Lutzker
Living a vegan lifestyle can be challenging. Talya Lutzker will help you navigate through the store aisles by teaching you about new products to look for and how to read labels. Enjoy a sampling of some of Talya’s favorites at the end of the class.
Thursday, February 16, 2pm-3pm, Free
Free Coffee Lecture & Tasting with Community Agroecology Network and Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company
Come taste and learn what AgroEco® Coffee is all about! Enjoy a coffee tasting with Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company and hear a presentation by the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and a representative of the Union of Cooperatives in Nicaragua. They are the ones that bring you rich, tasty coffee while conserving biodiversity and generating higher returns for coffee farmers.
Thursday, February 16, 6pm-8pm, Free
Wine 101 with Sommelier Ronaldo Goularte
Goularte will lead a 2-hour lecture and tasting which introduces the fundamentals of wine, viticulture and viniculture. Six wines will be sampled. This class promises to teach attendees a significant foundation of knowledge and understanding of wine.
Friday, February 17, 6pm-8pm, $45
Thai in the Raw with Melissa Mango
Learn about creating raw food with Asian and Thai flavors. This is a cooking demo & tasting event, not a hands-on cooking class. Selections includeLeaf Wraps with Almond Ginger Sauce, Tom Kha Soup, Green Curry with Parsnip Rice, and Mango-Lime Ice Cream with Ginger. Saturday, February 18, 10:30am-12pm, $15
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