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August Farm-to-Table Cooking Classes!

Join me for fabulous Locavore Way Classes

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I’m a locavore extraordinaire and veteran cooking teacher who has taught home and professional cooking extensively at schools such as the Institute for Culinary Education and The Culinary Institute of America.

In The Locavore Way Cooking Class Series, students learn how to cook seasonally, bringing out the best in farm-fresh ingredients, seeking out and savoring delicious local foods wherever they live. This style of ingredient-focused cooking emphasizes improvisation and recipe adaptation, using fabulous food combinations with easy-to-follow techniques. The results are delicious.

August Classes

August 14, Saturday evening, 4:30 to 7:30, Local Farm Foods Cooking Class: The Locavore Way Series cooking class, Summer Bounty Candlelit Dinner, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen.

August 21, Saturday, 4:00–8:00 p.m. Local Farm Foods Cooking Class: Locavore Candlelight Peak of the Season Supper (bring your sweetie to the dinner) at Hawthorne Valley Farm.

August 29, Sunday, 10:00 to 2:00. Local farm foods cooking class: The Locavore Way Way Series Cooking Class, Tomato and Corn Extravaganza,West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen.Scholarships and barter available.

Where are the classes held?

Locavore Way Series Classes, as above
West Stockbridge, MA (Amy Cotler’s teaching kitchen)
Ghent, New York (Hawthorne Valley Farm’s teaching kitchen)

Private Classes
Manhattan (Your apartment)
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts (Your home)

In West Stockbridge, Classes are taught in the large kitchen of Amy Cotler’s charming 1810 home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts in The Berkshires. Classes are also taught in the teaching kitchen at Hawthorne Valley Farm Private classes for 1-8 people are also available in West Stockbridge or at your home in the Berkshires or Manhattan.

More about the Classes

My Teaching Kitchen (West Stockbridge,MA): Full-participation classes in West Stockbridge, MA are  4 to 4-1/2 hours, including a full meal, either buffet-style or plated in courses. The cost for each person per class is $100, or $90 per class for 3 classes or more. Scholarships and barter available.Full menus, which are dependent on availability, will always include at least 6 dishes and a full meal with wine. (Email me at if you want to learn more) When weather and daylight allow, the final meal is served outdoors. When students are interested, there is a trip to a farm ($25, 80% goes to farmer) or to the farmers market ($10) before the class. The farm or market location will be announced at least 2 weeks before the classes.

Hawthorne Valley Farm (Ghent, NY): Details as above in West Stockbridge classes. Differences: Class limit of 12 people, not 8, except for the September 5th class,which we hope will be a large outdoor extravaganza.  Classes and class meals take place at the farm’s new teaching kitchen.They run a total of 4 hours, including a short harvest on the farm. Full menus, which don’t include wine, are posted on line. The cost for each person per class is $70 per person.

Signed books — The Locavore Way — will be available for $12.95 at all classes.

To sign up for classes
For West Stockbridge classes, please send a check or money order made out to Amy Cotler, with the name of the class written on it: 139 West Center Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266. For The Hawthorne Valley Farm classes, follow directions on the link or call the farm.  Include your email address for class confirmation. Classes have limited space, so are only held with complete prepayment. Free phone consultations are available to arrange for private classes (Just email me first). Students are asked to bring a chefs knife and apron.

For more information
Feel free to contact me at or through Facebook (Amy Cotler) or Twitter (The Locavore Way). See “offerings” on the home page for more culinary services, such as consulting and culinary coaching. Amy is also available on a limited basis for private chef’s work in the Berkshires. Read about other upcoming events on the calendar.

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