Education Series - December 2012


Miracle Berries – A Flavor-Changing Experience
Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8pm
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th Street

Explore the amazing flavor-changing properties of Miracle Berries, their practical uses, and possible impacts on worldwide food systems with award winning chef Chris Gray. In this interactive and fun class, participants sample foods and discuss the ways that Miracle Berries change the natural effects of sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy flavors.

$15  Register by December 5 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


East-Meets-West Cooking Classes with Peilin Chiu
705 S. Parkridge Road, Bloomington

If you like Asian food but often turned off by the heavy, greasy restaurant preparations, these classes will prepare you to make your own healthy Asian dishes. While the focus of the classes is on Asian flavors, Western elements and ingredients are incorporated whenever appropriate. The hands-on classes feature primarily organic, natural, local, whole food ingredients cooked in a colorful and nutritious East-Meets-West style. The classes cover different cooking techniques and nutritional benefits. Meal is also included in the late afternoon classes.

Chinese dumplings and hot & sour soup from scratch
Sunday, December 9, 4-6:30pm

Making dumpling from scratch has been one of the traditional ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Northern China. In modern days, people from all parts of Chinese society have made this regional tradition a common food fair for family and friends’ gatherings with a simpler approach of using store-bought wrappers. Learn how to make (including wrappers), cook, and freeze dumplings from scratch. Authentic hot and sour soup, commonly served with dumplings, will be also included in this hands-on class.

$35 Limited to 10 students. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 334-7730 (Cell 219-9424)


Fermentation-- Frugal and Fabulous
Tuesday, December 11, 7– 8:30pm
Monroe County Public Library

Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, sourdough, kim chi, beer, pickles, kombucha and more!

Fermentation is a great way to preserve food, and a method which generally requires no special equipment and no electricity or heat--just a little human energy and time. What’s more, fermenting often increases the nutritional value of the food while enhancing the flavor. Join Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and MCPL’s "It’s Your Money" for a journey into the world of fermented foods. The workshop includes a hands-on fermentation activity and participants will take a jar of fermenting food home with them. Barbara Lehr will lead the workshop with her passion and expertise regarding all things fermented.

Please register with Jason Evans Groth for this event: 812-349-3228