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Eastern Market Cooking Class Schedule Expands for Summer 2018

As part of Eastern Market’s mission of “nourishing a healthier, wealthier, happier Detroit,” the nonprofit organization is offering a full slate of cooking classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays for both kids and adults in the Shed 5 kitchen.

Classes at the Tuesday market are just for kids ages 8-12. Saturday offerings include kids-only classes, adult classes, and special grandparent/grandchild classes.

Tuesday’s hour-long kids’ classes focus on building kitchen skills such as how to use a knife, pickle and preserve, or make a quick bread. They include kid-friendly recipes like minestrone, pasta with Pomodoro sauce, or fruit pies. Saturday’s lessons last for 90 minutes, and recipes include making grilled veggie pizza or summer salads.

Sam Morykwas, Eastern Market Corp.’s marketing manager, says that the classes try to incorporate products from Eastern Market’s vendors as much as possible.

“The idea is that people who participate in the cooking classes on Tuesday or Saturday can then go immediately go down and have a conversation with a vendor, get a product, and then try the recipe again at home, Morykwas says.

He says the classes and the recipes chosen are meant to encourage a long-term interesting in home cooking and have been developed in cooperation between Eastern Market’s manager of kitchens and Chef Joseph Cosenza, who heads the culinary department at Henry Ford College.

Morykwas says that Eastern Market has been offering Saturday classes for a while, but the full slate of cooking classes, including the kids’ classes on Tuesdays, “kicked into gear” over summer 2017 and was immediately popular. He estimated that the total number of children and adults who took cooking classes at the market last year was between 400 and 500 people.

“All our classes last year sold out,” he says. “It’s not the biggest space, so class capacity is around 16.”
This year, kids’ classes run through the first of September, while adult and grandparent/grandchild classes run through the third week of September.

Classes are $15 each and include a taste of the food being made. For more information or to register, visit https://www.easternmarket.org/markets/events/summer-cooking-classes.

Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at sarahrigg1@gmail.com

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