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2018 Open Hearth Cooking Classes


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Are you interested in historic foodways? Do you want to learn how to cook in your fireplace? Do you have a beehive oven and ever wondered how to heat it and bake in it? Please join us this winter to prepare and eat savory and sweet dishes under the guidance of our experienced open hearth cooks.

A series of seven one-day classes, each with its own theme, has been scheduled for Saturdays in February and March 2018. Classes are held in the kitchen of the 1786 Hall Tavern.  The hearth cooks will teach you a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on 18th- and early 19th-century food preparation, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. While the food is cooking, a visit to a kitchen of a historic house is part of the experience. A bibliography on open hearth cookery will be distributed.

You will participate in the process and assist hearth cooks in the tasks undertaken. We recommend that you dress comfortably, bring an apron, pen, and paper for notes. After the food is prepared, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor. (You may also bring a brown bag lunch.) For program information, please contact Claire Carlson at ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org or (413) 775-7217.

Winter 2018 Open Hearth Cooking Classes

February 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Basics: From Hearth to Table
For the beginner, come try a range of hearth cooking techniques and equipment.

February 10, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Supper at the Hall Tavern: Special Evening Class

Come and prepare hearty tavern fare and enjoy supper by the fire.

February 17, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Supper at the Hall Tavern: Special Evening Class

Come and prepare hearty tavern fare and enjoy supper by the fire.             

February 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Baking in the Beehive Oven

Learn how to fire the oven. We will bake bread and pies in the beehive oven.

March 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All About Bread

We will bake several different kinds of breads in this new class using a variety of flours and leavenings.

March 10, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Supper at the Hall Tavern: Special Evening Class

Come and prepare hearth tavern fare and enjoy supper by the fire.

March 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Basics: From Hearth to Table

For the beginner, come try a range of hearth cooking techniques and equipment.

The registration fee for each class is $60.00 per person ($55.00 for members). Click the button below to register online. To pay by mail, download the registration form. Registration fees will be refunded if cancellation is made by 12 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the program. Participants will receive a confirmation letter.