Aug
2
7:00 pm19:00

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.


May
19
12:00 pm12:00

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/

 

Feb
24
6:30 pm18:30

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

Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

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

Oct
29
2:00 pm14:00

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

Register online

Oct
15
6:30 pm18:30

Private Event- Bridal Shower Cooking Class

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

Sep
24
2:00 pm14:00

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

Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

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.

Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

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

Register online

Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

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

Register online

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

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

 

Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

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.

Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

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

Register online

Jun
1
12:00 pm12:00

Private Event- Pretty in Pink luncheon

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

May
7
2:00 pm14:00

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

 

Apr
14
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Apr
7
1:00 pm13:00

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

Mar
19
1:30 pm13:30

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

Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

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.

Jan
14
7:00 pm19:00

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

Jan
2
12:00 pm12:00

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

Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

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

Dec
6
11:00 am11:00

Book signing at Sickles Market

I'll be signing copies of New Jersey Fresh at Sickles Market, the fabulous specialty food store and garden center. Let's chat about edible gift giving. A copy of my book and an assortment of locally produced specialty food products available at the store will be a wonderful holiday gift.

Location: Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver, NJ

More information

Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Crazy for Cookbooks! Panel discussion

Come to a panel discussion with area food writers, chefs and publishers who will reveal their personal cookbook favorites, past and present, what makes a good cookbook, and their top holiday gift picks. We’ll also discuss the future of cookbooks, whether print or electronic. Panelists include: Faith Bahadurian, Packet Group food columnist and NJ Spice blogger; Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, co-founders/creators of “Canal House Cooking” and the daily blog, “Canal House Cooks Lunch”; Alex Levine, Chef at Princeton’s Whole Earth Center and bibliophile; and Pat Tanner, longtime NJ food writer, restaurant critic, and blogger. Moderated by Rachel Weston, culinary educator and and author of New Jersey Fresh: Four seasons from Farm to Table. Discussion will include time for Q&A, followed by book sales/signing (Canal House & Weston) and a snapshot photo booth- bring your favorite cookbook to show off, photos will be displayed online at the Princeton Library website.

Location: Princeton Library, community room, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ

Cost: Free

Nov
19
6:30 pm18:30

Turkey with a Twist class

I'll be sharing interesting twists on traditional Thanksgiving dishes and desserts in this festive holiday class.
Caramelized Onion Dip with Crusty Bread
Celery, Date and Smoked Almond Salad
Curried Butternut and Apple Soup
Turkey Breast with Herbs and Pancetta
Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges with Parmesan and Balsamic
Chocolate Pecan Tart
Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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