Very Basic 1 is our beginner cooking series – four one-night classes that cover the basics of knife skills, simple soups and stocks, and sauces; easy vegetable preparations; how to cook eggs; and the methods for cooking familiar cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and fish. We discuss building a pantry of ingredients and selecting a small batterie of equipment included, as well as tips for menu planning, nesting tasks, shopping smarter, and sources for ingredients.

The goal of this series is about building your skills and confidence as well as training your tastebuds. At the completion of this capsule, you should be ready to put together some simple meals for yourself and family.

Who should take it: Individuals who have done a small amount of cooking – you may have just a handle of recipes you feel confident about – or those who have been cooking for years but have never had formal training and lack confidence about what they’re doing in the kitchen.

Week 1: (Sept 10) Basic Knifes Skills; Simple Stocks and Soups; Easy Vegetable Prep
Week 2: (Sept 17) Moist Heat Cooking Methods; Simple Sauces; Equipment for Moist Heat
Week 3: (Sept 24) Dry Heat Cooking Methods; Simple Sauces; Equipment for Dry Heat
Week 4: (Oct 1) Pasta, Rice, and Grains; Modern Casseroles; Extras

Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of the session.
A light snack prepared by our staff and non-alcoholic beverages provided – so you can survive!

Type: Hands On
Date: Wed   Sep 10  
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ages: 16+
Price: $300

* Class Full *


This menu speaks for itself: handmade pasta (it’s easier than you think) with a rich, wild-boar sauce. And the Tuscan version of focaccia, served with one of the best soups on the planet. This is Italian cooking at it’s best – seasonal and satisfying.

  • Farro and Bean Soup
  • Foccacia
  • Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu
  • Gelato Affogato

We have wine and beer available for purchase, by the bottle or glass. (Southborough is not a BYOB town.)

Note: Tuition price is per couple.

Type: Hands On
Date: Sat   Oct 4  
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ages: Adults
Price: $150

* Class Full *


Basic cooking knowledge is solid grounding for a self-sufficient life, so we offer the junior version of our adult beginner’s series for budding chefs for students 10-12 years of age.

Students cover everything from basic knife skills to the techniques for preparing simple, real food. It’s not just about the recipes: this is about problem-solving, time management, everyday arithmetic, and applied creativity.

Each week, students will prepare a three-course meal that can be prepared with adult supervision in the kitchen; one class is devoted to after-school snacks.

Classes meet every Monday afternoon from 4:30-6:30 beginning September 22.  Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of the four-week capsule.

Take the entire series, or individual classes. For more details and an application form, please email or call.

Kids Cooking Club – Eat All Day Menus

Class 1/September 22
Whole-Grain Pancakes
Dinner for Breakfast Eggs
Fresh Fruit Parfaits

Class 2/September 29
Soup is the Answer
Homemade Lunchables
Recess Cookies

Class 3/October 6
Roast Chicken and Potatoes
Broccoli Salad
Chocolate Pudding

Class 4/October 20
Afterschool Nosh 3 Ways

Type: Hands On
Date: Mon   Sep 22  
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Ages: 10-12
Price: $145
(Seats Available)
Date: Tue   Oct 7  
Time: 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ages: Adults
Price: $0

* Class Full *

Date: Thu   Oct 9  
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ages: Adults
Price: $0

* Class Full *


Very Basic 2 is our advanced beginner series of class. Students will advance to more challenging knife skills and knife sharpening; will be taught how to identify and shop for different cuts of meat and perform simple butchery at home; will learn more complex sauce techniques; and will delve into some DIY artisan techniques for making simple cheeses, homemade sausage, and yeast bread.

The focus of these four one-night classes is building on your existing skills, expanding your taste range, and becoming less recipe-dependent and more creative. At the completion of this series, students will confidently cook for family and entertain friends as well.

Who should take it: Students who have completed the Very Basic 1 series or who have solid knife skills and feel confident with the basics but are ready to move on to more challenging techniques.

Week 1: (Oct 14) Advanced Knife Skills; Working with Herbs and Spices; Complex Sauces
Week 2: (Oct 21) Advanced Moist Heat Methods
Week 3: (Oct 28) Advanced Dry Heat Methods
Week 4: (Nov 4) Simple Artisan Foods to Make at Home; Extras

Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of the session.

A light snack prepared by our staff and non-alcoholic beverages provided – so you can survive!

Type: Hands On
Date: Tue   Oct 14  
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Ages: 16+
Price: $300
(Seats Available)
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