Sep
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Cooking demo at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Join Rachel Weston, author of "New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table." at the market as she cooks the recipe of the day. Rachel will answer questions about seasonal produce, farmers markets and eating with the season. FREE

Location: Farmers Market at Rutgers Gardens, 124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

More info: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/

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Aug
18
12:00pm12:00pm

Cooking demo at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Join Rachel Weston, author of "New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table." at the market as she cooks the recipe of the day. Rachel will answer questions about seasonal produce, farmers markets and eating with the season. FREE

Location: Farmers Market at Rutgers Gardens, 124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

More info: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/

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Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fresh & Fabulous Jersey Tomato Supper Class

There is nothing like the taste of Jersey Tomatoes in August!  In this class food writer and educator, Rachel Weston, will inspire students to use the Jersey Tomatoes' fabulous flavors in some new and creative ways.
Spice Dusted Shrimp over Seared Beefsteak Tomato
Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Eggplant and Fresh Mozzarella Napoleon
Jersey Tomato and Peach Gazpacho
Penne Pasta with Pesto and Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Chicken Picatta with Stuffed Tomato
Summer Berry Cobbler

Partial Hands-on • $75
Location: Taste and Technique Cooking Studio, 597 River Road, Fair Haven NJ
Register: Call 732.741.COOK or register online.

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Jul
21
12:00pm12:00pm

Cooking demo at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Join Rachel Weston, author of "New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table." at the market as she cooks the recipe of the day. Rachel will answer questions about seasonal produce, farmers markets and eating with the season. FREE

Location: Farmers Market at Rutgers Gardens, 124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

More info: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/

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Jun
16
12:00pm12:00pm

Cooking demo at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Join Rachel Weston, author of "New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table." at the market as she cooks the recipe of the day. Rachel will answer questions about seasonal produce, farmers markets and eating with the season. FREE

Location: Farmers Market at Rutgers Gardens, 124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

More info: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/

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May
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Cooking demo at Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Join Rachel Weston, author of "New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table." at the market as she cooks the recipe of the day. Rachel will answer questions about seasonal produce, farmers markets and eating with the season. FREE

The market is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by Rachel's tent for a tasting from 12-3 p.m.

Location: Farmers Market at Rutgers Gardens, 124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.

More info: http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/

 

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Feb
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Private party

Did you know I am available for private classes or events in your home or a location of your choice? Let me help you create something special for your family, friends or group. Email me for details: njgutsygourmet at yahoo.com

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Nov
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Festive for Fall Class

Food Writer and Educator, Rachel Weston will offer tips on using the fall harvest to make some creative seasonal dishes.
Sweet Potato Hummus with Spiced Pita Chips
Kale and Endive Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Carrot Ginger Soup
Butternut Squash Risotto
Turkey Cutlets with Roasted Mushrooms and Leeks
Sausage and Herb Stuffing Muffins
Green Beans with Pickled Red Onion
Gingerbread Cake with Apple Compote

Partial Hands-onclass, $75
Location: Taste and Technique Cooking Studio, 597 River Road, Fair Haven NJ
Register: Call 732.741.COOK or register online.

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Nov
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Fall Produce and Eating Local for the Holidays

Fall Produce and Eating Local for the Holidays with info on where to buy your Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings - pumpkins, squashes, apples, cranberries, etc. Tastings of heirloom apple varieties and a local seasonal condiment or two included!

Location: North Plainfield Library, 6 Rockview Ave.North Plainfield, NJ. Program Room

Register online

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Oct
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Eat Local

A talk and photo presentation overview of the benefits of shopping directly from farmers and farmers markets throughout the state and in or around Somerset county. Learn about heirloom tomatoes, antique apples, colorful and unusual crops being grown locally and internationally inspired ways to cook them.

Location: Somerville Public Library, 35 West End Ave. Somerville, NJ. Public Meeting Room

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Sep
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Preserve the Season

Food preservation is an age old way of making the most of produce when it is in season. We’ll overview canning, freezing, pickling, dehydrating and lacto-fermenting techniques and the equipment needed to get started on putting up your own larder this year.  There will also be a cooking demo and tasting.

Location: Bound Brook Memorial Library, 402 E High St., Bound Brook, NJ Finlayson Room A

Register online

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Aug
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Preserve the Season

Food preservation is an age old way of making the most of produce when it is in season. We’ll overview canning, freezing, pickling, dehydrating and lacto-fermenting techniques and the equipment needed to get started on putting up your own larder this year. The program will last approximately 1.5 hours and will have a tasting and a cooking demo.

Location: Bridgewater Library , 1 Vogt Dr.Bridgewater, NJ. Meeting Room A

Registration is required.

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Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Iconic Jersey Tomato

Once considered poisonous, the tomato has become one of the best loved joys of summer and synonymous with New Jersey. Food writer and culinary educator Rachel Weston will talk about the tomato's lore, its true origins and New Jersey's role in its popularity. Enjoy a tomato tasting and cooking demonstration of two recipes prepared by Rachel.

Location: Warren Township Library, 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ. Meeting Room 1

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Jul
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Iconic Jersey Tomato

Once considered poisonous, the tomato has become one of the best loves joys of summer and synonymous with New Jersey. Come learn a bit about the tomato’s lore, its true origins, and New Jersey’s role in its popularity. There will be a tasting of locally grown heirloom tomatoes and specialty food products.

Location: Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington St.Rocky Hill, NJ.  Program Room

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Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Iconic Jersey Tomato

It's time for tomatoes! Once considered poisonous, the tomato has become one of the best loves joys of summer and synonymous with New Jersey. Come learn a bit about the tomato’s lore, its true origins and New Jersey’s role in its popularity. The program will include a cooking demonstration of two tomato recipes.

Location: Watchung Library, 12 Stirling Rd., Watchung, NJ Register online.

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Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Farm to Table Cooking Class

This class which highlights seasonal produce will showcase some of my favorite summer finds.
Tuscan Toasts with Marinated Zucchini Ribbons
Jersey Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Grilled Eggplant Napoleon with Black Lentils
Herb Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Chutney over Polenta
Grilled Steak with Backyard Barbecue Spice Rub
Roasted Corn and Poblano Peppers with Queso Fresco
Blue and Gold Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic, Lemon Sauce and Herbs
Chocolate Bourbon Cake, Peaches & Cream

Partial Hands-onclass, $75
Location: Taste and Technique Cooking Studio, 597 River Road, Fair Haven NJ
Register: Call 732.741.COOK or register online.

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Jun
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eat Local: Healthy Eating, Healthy Living

A talk and photo presentation overview of the benefits of shopping directly from farmers and farmers markets throughout the state and in or around Somerset county. Learn about heirloom tomatoes, antique apples, colorful and unusual crops being grown locally and internationally. FREE

Location: Manville Public Library, 100 South 10th Ave. Manville, NJ

 

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Jun
25
11:00am11:00am

Growing Unusual Edibles Talk

Growing edibles in New Jersey has never been more exciting. Learn about some of the new crops farmers are growing that you can, too! Grains, heirloom fruits, ingredients for numerous ethnic cuisines are all possible. Get some inspiration and some new resources for growing interesting edibles for the 2016 season. Everyone will receive a 2016 seed catalog and the opportunity to take home a few of Rachel’s favorite seeds to grow. Book signing to follow talk.

Location: Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ.

Registration online recommended. For more information, call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

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Jun
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

Let's Table This: Jersey Style Food Writer Panel

 Montclair Public Library and Watchung Booksellers present an author panel in celebration of the Montclair Food & Wine Festival. Join us for an afternoon of Jersey writers dishing up their takes on food, the local restaurant scene and the food writing industry. The panel will be moderated by David Galef, creative writing program director at Montclair State University.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

Location: Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ

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May
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Eat Local: Healthy Eating, Healthy Living

A talk and photo presentation overview of the benefits of shopping directly from farmers and farmers markets throughout the state and in or around Somerset County. Learn about heirloom tomatoes, antique apples, other colorful and unusual crops being grown locally, and internationally inspired ways to cook them.  FREE

Location: Peapack & Gladstone Library, School St. Peapack, NJ.  Conference Room #1

Register online

 

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Apr
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Springtime Banquet

We'll be using the best fresh spring ingredients to create a light and flavorful meal.
Radish Tartine with Orange Butter on Crostini
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Grilled Sirloin, Fennel and Red Onion Salad
Moroccan Chicken Breasts Roasted with Ras al Hanout and Honey
Roasted Carrots with Preserved Lemon
Spring Pea Rice Pilaf
Strawberry Napoleon

Partial Hands-onclass, $75
Location: Taste and Technique Cooking Studio, 597 River Road, Fair Haven NJ
Register: Call 732.741.COOK or register online.

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Apr
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Eating Local for Passover

Preparing for Passover meals can be a challenge. Chef and author, Rachel Weston will share her recipe ideas for vegetarian, egg and meat based dishes that are easy to prepare in advance and delicious. Learn about local farmers that raise humanely pastured animals and grow gorgeous fruits, vegetables and herbs. Products made by New Jersey artisan food producers and wineries will also be suggested. With these tips, you can relax and feel good about what you will be serving your family and friends during Passover. Participants will be treated to a tasting of some of the items discussed and receive a handout of recipes and a local shopping guide. Book signing after the talk.

$18 for non-members. Register by sending name, email address, phone number with the name of the program and a check for $18 payable to Brandeis University to Brandeis, PO Box 156, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.


Location: South River Library, 55 Appleby Ave, South River, NJ

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Mar
19
1:30pm 1:30pm

Women In Agriculture

I'll be speaking to the alumni group of the College of St. Elizabeth about women in New Jersey's agricultural community and the importance of buying and eating local. This networking event for alumni of CSE is open to the public. Enjoy a sit down luncheon, with an open bar, basket raffles, and more. 

$60. Register in advance online. All monies raised will support CSE scholarships.

Location: Seasons, easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway at 644 Pascack Rd., Township of Washington, NJ

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Jan
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Talk: Growing Unusual Edibles

Growing edibles in New Jersey has never been more exciting. Learn about some of the new crops farmers are growing that you can, too! Grains, heirloom fruits, ingredients for numerous ethnic cuisines are all possible. Get some inspiration and some new resources for growing interesting edibles for the 2016 season. Book signing after the talk.

Location: Shrewsbury Garden Club. Meeting (Visitors welcome.)
Shrewsbury Historical Society Building, 419 Sycamore Avenue, Municipal Complex, Shrewsbury, NJ.

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Jan
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Talk: Growing Edibles in NJ

Allentown Garden Club of NJ member's meeting. (Guests are welcome.)
Growing edibles in New Jersey has never been more exciting. Learn about some of the new crops farmers are growing that you can, too! Grains, heirloom fruits, ingredients for numerous ethnic cuisines are all possible. Get some inspiration and some new resources for growing interesting edibles for the 2016 season. Book signing after the talk.

Location: Allentown Methodist Church, 23 Church St, Allentown

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Jan
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Private Class

Did you know I am available for private classes in your home or a location of your choice? Let me help you create something special for your family, friends or group. Email me for details: njgutsygourmet at yahoo.com

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Dec
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Class: Gifts from the Kitchen

When the holiday season arrives, everyone is sure to enjoy homemade gifts from the kitchen. Share your love with small edible tokens that do not take long to make or break the bank. Menu includes Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Almond Bark, Chocolate Irish Crème and more. Join Rachel Weston, Author of New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table for tips, tricks and tastes.
Location: Middlesex County College. Edison, NJ
Register online or by calling 732-906-2556

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