BriarPatch classes heat up in June |

BriarPatch classes heat up in June

BriarPatch Co-op announced their June cooking classes at In the Kitchen cooking school.

This week, Thursday’s class focuses on soothing beverages with, “Hydration Station: Ginger Beer, Kombucha, Lassi and More.”

Learn to make an array of bountiful, healthful fermented drinks from scratch with Kayla Wexelberg.

Drinks include ginger beer, root beer, kombucha, lassi, kefir and herbal teas. Appetizers to accompany the drinks will be provided.

On June 13, discover how to be super-local with “Hike, Eat and Drink on the Wild Side.”

Join “Living Wild” author Alicia Funk for a walk in the woods to identify native plant edibles, and then return to the kitchen to make tasty dishes and hydrating beverages from local foods.

Learn how to grow, harvest and prepare currants, elderflowers, elderberries, wild lilac, Manzanita berries, chokecherries, serviceberries and gooseberries. Taste Wild Lilac and Manzanita Berry Cider, Manzanita Muffins with Elderberries, Chokecherry Jam and Oak Nut Marzipan.

Funk is the founder of the Living Wild Project and co-author of the recently published second edition of “Living Wild — Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of California.” Her passion is discovering greener ways to garden, eat, and heal.

One of the Patch’s most popular classes, “Traditional Staples of Indian Cuisine” will be June 20. Teacher Kayla Wexelberg is delighted to share cooking techniques that she learned during her time in India. She’ll demonstrate how to create classic Indian dishes that will steep you in the land and culture of the Indian people. The adventuresome dishes will include Dal, Raita, Parantha, and Mint Sauce.

The month ends on a fun and fungal note with “Mushroom Extravaganza” June 27. Learn the history, benefits and many flavors of mushrooms in dishes including tapenade with mushroom and olives on shallot bread, ravioli stuffed with seasonal mushrooms and dressed in a cream sauce, salad with shitake vinaigrette and raw cocoa reishi balls. with Kayla Wexelberg and Tyler Vaughn.

All co-op classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at In the Kitchen, 648 Zion St. in Nevada City. The fee for most classes is $30 for BriarPatch owners, and $35 for the general public.

For information or to pre-register, call BriarPatch at 272-5333, ext. 129 or email MellisaH@

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