We're back and better than ever! This fall at the Wedge, there are tons of opportunities to expand your mind as well as your culinary prowess. New classes and old favorites abound! There are also chances to learn directly from local celebrity chefs and gain insight into this fantastic food system of ours. We've got amazing classes to fit anyone's budget and tastes, as well as free events for the whole family. Mark your calendars. Master your skills. Make something beautiful.
To register for a class, call Wedge Customer Service at 612-871-3993 or sign up at the Customer Service desk in store. Register early to ensure your spot. Please cancel your reservation more than 48 hours in advance to get your full-refund. Classes may be canceled by the Wedge or our instructors and you will be issued a full refund.
3:00pm-7:00pm Apple sampling and activities
7:00pm-8:00pm Sociable Cider Werks talk
We're celebrating all things apple! Local apples make life awesome in fall, and we're featuring our favorites. From 3 to 7 p.m., we'll have samples of our favorite apple treats, salads, meals and delicacies! We'll have an apple hunt for kids in the store, and the chance for everyone to vote for their favorite apple. Then from 7 to 8 p.m., local cider gurus from Sociable Cider Werks will be here to discuss the process of making hard cider, including samples of the apples that go into their cider. It's cider time!
Going Grain Free
The fastest, simplest way to feel better, lose weight and be more mentally alert is to stop eating all grains. Rely on vegetables, lean protein, fruits and healthful fats for all your meals. In other words, go Paleo friendly. Sample Red Cabbage and Baby Romaine Salad with Seared Salmon and Chipotle Dressing; Butterflied Whole Chicken with Roasted Squash Cubes; Stir-Fried Fall Vegetables with Sesame-Studded Shrimp; and Pressure Cooked Turkey Meatballs with Basil Tomato Sauce.
Field Trip: Co-op Partners Warehouse
You know the Wedge owns a farm, but did you know that the store also oversees a warehouse that distributes locally produced food products across seven states? Did you know that Co-op Partners Warehouse distributes for Cedar Summit Farms and 1,000 Hills Cattle? Co-op Partners (or CPW as we so lovingly call it) helps extend the reach of small growers and producers by distributing their products across the Midwest.
Join us for an exclusive tour of Co-op Partners Warehouse in St. Paul. You'll learn about the important role it plays in our local food system and sample some of CPW's best products from some of their closest partners.
There are only 25 spots on this free tour, and you need to sign up in advance. Sign up at Customer Service today or call 612-871-3993 to reserve your spot! The tour bus will leave from the Wedge at 11:45 am and drop us back at the Wedge at 2:15 pm. Please note that the only way to attend this tour is to sign up for the bus. Due to the location of CPW, owners are not able to drive themselves .
Questions? Email Emily L, Outreach and Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMOs and the Future of Labeling: An Evening with Right to Know Minnesota and the Birchwood Cafe
Right to Know Minnesota is a coalition of activists, business owners and farmers who seek to make GMO labeling a reality in Minnesota. What are GMOs and what impact do they have on our community? What should we look for in the upcoming legislative session? How can we get involved? Come learn the answers to these questions and more!
100 percent of your class fee will be donated to Right to Know Minnesota
Showing off with Shrimp
Rock your taste buds with shrimp that is already in your freezer for a quick meal. Thaw them quickly and produce these show stoppers. We'll try a Shrimp Cocktail with Aioli; Shrimp, Green Bean and Potato Salad with Basil Mayonnaise; Head-On Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura with Ginger Dipping Sauce: and Lemon and Garlic-Infused Shrimp with Greens.
Eat in Five: Fast, Healthful, Simple Meals
There's nothing worse than getting home from work, tired, hungry and uncertain of what to make. Avoid resorting to takeout by these learning simple, delicious, and healthful five-minute meals. Chef Kate Moore will walk you through a series of meals that will help you feel more inspired when cooking for yourself. Vegan and Gluten-free options are available as well!
It's time for our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch! Bring out the kids for some face painting and cider to celebrate fall in Minnesota! This year, the Patch will be in our south parking lot, so follow the pumpkin trail from the front entrance to get there. Inside, we'll be featuring lots of harvest foods and treats, so make sure to stop in and try some samples.
The Anti-Inflammation Diet
Inflammation is a source of many health problems, particularly those that are difficult to diagnose. Get started towards feeling better with the non-gluten/non-dairy diet often recommended by functional medicine physicians. In this class, we'll learn how to make Rich Broth Soup with Bok Choy and Yams; Poached Chicken and Vegetables in Curried Ginger-Coconut Milk Sauce; and Green Bean, Beet, and Carrot Salad with Baby Romaine.
Local: The New Restaurant Buzzword
Tons of restaurants across the metro boast of their connections to local food and farms. Do places that tout local actually carry locally sourced food? What is the range of "local?" What economic impact does the support of a restaurant have for a farm? How does seasonal, local produce impact a chef's menu? Join us for a conversation about the trend of local in the restaurant world. Rhys Williams, who has years of experience working with local farms and food systems, and renowned chef Lucia Watson of Lucia's Restaurant, will discuss this hot topic, and Lucia will demo a seasonal dish!
100 percent of your class fee will be donated to Roots for the Home Team
The Slow Cooker and Pressure Cooker Revolution
Slow cookers and pressure cookers are the best time-saving tools in the kitchen. Bring yours to learn how to use them properly. The pressure cooker prepares beans, grains, soups, stews, meats and vegetables in a hurry; the slow cooker simmers dinner all day while you are gone. In this class, we'll master these wonderful tools and make delicious food doing it! Get ready for White Bean Soup with Pesto Garnish; Balsamic Braised Chicken with Baby Kale and Red Chard; Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce; Pressure Cooked Artichokes with Lemon Butter; and Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish Butter.
Easy as Pie
Though the phrase "easy as pie" is decidedly overused, it isn't true for all of us. Join Michelle Gayer, owner of the Salty Tart Bakery in the Midtown Global Market and James Beard Award nominee, as she works to spread the pie culture in Minnesota. She'll demo a holiday pie using seasonal ingredients, then we'll try our own hand at making the perfect pie crust in this fun, hands-on class!
Winter Chinese Food Therapy
Food therapy is one of the five major branches of traditional Chinese medicine. Join us for a fun class that teaches you the energetic nature of food and how to select seasonal and healthful foods for winter, based on Chinese principles. Sample a seasonal dish as well! Teachers Rob Roman and Leah Fifield are acupuncturists/herbalists at Minnesota Community Acupuncture, where they have years of experience helping their patients stay healthy with acupuncture, herbs, and food therapy. Leah is also one of the Wedge's seasoned Health and Body Care experts.
Dice, chop, slice, mince and more! Chef Kate Moore will teach the tricks to take your cooking to the next level without losing a finger. Learning safe and speedy knife skills can reduce your cooking time and boost your confidence in the kitchen. Be prepared to get in some good practice. Bring your own knife and a container for leftovers!
Holiday Feast for Everyone
Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or omnivore- this holiday meal works splendidly for everyone. If one of your loved ones have food allergies or sensitivities, it can be stressful to plan meal that is both delicious and free of those problematic foods. This class is perfect for you. Come learn how to make Savory Onion Tart (gluten-free crust); Garlicky Broccoli with Toasted Sesame Seeds; Pink Cabbage Salad with Baby Romaine and Goat Cheese; Brined, Butterflied Roasted Organic Turkey; and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie- whipped cream optional.
The Whole Bird
What's the big deal about the bird? Cooking a whole chicken can seem intimidating, especially when it is sitting next to the convenience of skinless chicken breasts. Come learn how easy cooking a whole chicken can be. We'll learn roasting basics, how to break down the whole chicken and a few dishes that will get you through the week! That bird is many meals wrapped into one!
With the holidays coming on, gifts for friends and loved ones becomes a big priority. Get some of them out of the way early on! In this hands-on class, you'll learn how to make all-natural gifts for holiday giving, and take home gift sets of organic lip balm, soothing lotion bars, and relaxing bath soak for four to six people! Class fee includes all ingredients and a free sample of essential oil.