Monday, February 3, 2014

Food Lover's Month at The Skillery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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After a brief hiatus last summer and a relaunch around the holidays, The Skillery is back and more focused in its efforts to provide offline educational opportunities “to help creative professionals broaden their abilities and grow their businesses.” These same creative folks — many of whom operate local independent businesses — will be teaching the classes The Skillery offers.

Each month will have a theme; January was “Makers' Month,” and February will be “Food Lovers' Month.” The Skillery members (those folks who have signed up for the co-working program) get discounts on classes, but all are open to the public.

Classes are still being developed and added through the month, but there is already an impressive selection for you to choose from, whether you want to get some basic kitchen skills, improve your health, or grow your business. Check out the classes offered this month after the jump. And if you see something you like, hurry; classes are already filling up and some have already sold out.

February 10: Introduction to Pie Making with Hannah Messinger

Learn the fundamentals surrounding the three basic types of pie — fruit, custard, and cream — along with the building blocks you need to be able to create your very own signature flavors.

$40 members, $45 non-members

February 11: Handmade Mozzarella with Rowena Aldridge

Make, sample and take home fresh mozzarella cheese made with your own hands. We’ll cover everything from the coagulation process to stretching the curds into milky, smooth balls of mozzarella.

$45 members, $50 non-members

February 15: Letterpress Poster Class: Prints for the Kitchen with Sawtooth Printhouse‘s Nieves Uhl & Chris Cheney

Learn the basics of letterpress from design, typesetting, readying the press, and printing — with food-related designs to honor Food Lovers’ February. Create a poster for your favorite beer, or make one of a kind art prints from your favorite of grandma’s recipes. Each participant will leave with an edition of 25 one-color posters.

$135 members, $150 non-members

February 15: Meet Your Maker: A Bean to Bar Beer Pairing with Olive and Sinclair‘s Scott Witherow

O&S owner and founder Witherow will take attendees through a factory tour, sharing the importance of cacao beans’ origins and tracing their journey from bean to bar. That info will get put to work as you taste and pair beans with different craft beers (a mix of brews that feature Olive and Sinclair chocolate and local favorites) and wine.

$25 members, $30 non-members

February 18: Create a Night Out at Home with Tony and Carline Galzin

This 21-and-up class/demonstration — led by industry veterans Tony and Caroline Galzin — will focus on creating an affordable and delicious multi-course meal at home that rivals your fine-dining splurges, including seasonal menu planning and ingredient knowledge, cooking, mixology and wine pairing tips and demos.

$35 members, $40 non-members

February 18: Bourbon: America’s Whiskey with Jeremiah Jason Blake

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned bourbon veteran, this class is sure to quench your thirst for the popular spirit. We’ll discuss distillation, explore the historical roots of bourbon and enjoy an evening of snacks, a welcome punch and hand-selected bourbons by spirits expert/former Holland House head bartender Jeremiah Blake.

$50 members, $55 non-members

February 19: Learn to Brand Your Food Business with Hey Rooster‘s Courtney Webb

Have an awesome food product you’d like to get into shops? Hey Rooster owner Webb will share the ins and outs of what small and large retailers need to see on your products, including logo design, branding, labels and packaging. She’ll also discuss your individual branding concepts.

$25 members, $30 non-members

February 22: Introduction to Canning with Rowena Aldridge

This class covers the basics, from equipment and safety to techniques and recipes, with a focus on in-season vegetable and fruit products. You’ll learn the most up-to-date USDA food preservation techniques while canning fresh tomatoes — every student will take home a jar of the finished product, and the knowledge to tackle canning in your own kitchen!

$50 members, $55 non-members

February 24: Knife Skills: Kitchen Volition Part Two with Delaney Gray

In the second installment of Gray’s Kitchen Volition series, you’ll learn the art of choosing the best knife for your needs, the most efficient cutting methods for various basic ingredients and how to maintain your knives for safety and longevity.

$25 members, $30 non-members

February 25: Handmade Pasta with Rowena Aldridge

In this hands-on class you’ll learn how to make a variety of pastas including herbed pasta and pastas enriched with vegetables. You’ll learn how to create a variety of pasta shapes, and some of Rowena’s secret tips for pasta success. You’ll also go home with a packet of recipes to expand your pasta horizons!

$45 members, $50 non-members

February 27: Juice Your Way to a Healthier, Happier You with Stephanie Waring of juice. Nashville

This juicing workshop will include an informative presentation on the health benefits of juicing, along with a tutorial on how — and what — to juice at home and a juice tasting.

$20 members, $25 non-members

Classes take place at various locations, but many of the food-related classes will take place at a partner venue, Casa Azafran community center's Mesa Komal commercial kitchen on Nolensville Road. Check the website for more information and to register for classes. And if the class you want is sold out, be sure to click the button to be added to the wait list; sometimes, instructors add spots to classes or tickets are otherwise freed up.

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