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Classes, Events and Culinary Coaching

Locavore extraordinaire and veteran cooking teacher, I’ve taught home and professional cooking extensively at schools such as the Institute for Culinary Education and The Culinary Institute of America.

In all my classes, 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.

Classes that are open to the public are announced well before they take place on this page, on my blog and facebook page. (If you like, sign up in the upper right hand corner of this page. Or contact me.)

Arrange your own private class with 1-8 students to be held at your home, anywhere within 1 hour of Northampton, Massachusetts. Private group lessons can also be arranged to include pick-your-own outings and/or farm tours with a cooking class. Contact me to arrange.


The Best Beans and Legumes Ever!
February 17, 6:15-8:45
Northampton, Massachusetts, Different Drummer Cooking School
Menu and registration here.

Perfect Chicken Breasts, Every Style
April 8, 6:15-8:45
Menu and registration here.

Some highlights from 2014

Talk on the Local Food Movement
January 8th
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
For more, click here.

Three Moroccan Cooking Classes
January 28, 29, February 3rd.
Northampton, Massachusetts, Different Drummer Cooking School
More here 

Italian Spring Celebration
April 23, 6:15-8:45
Northampton, Massachusetts, Different Drummer Cooking School
Menu and registration here.

A Sampling of Some Past Cooking Classes
(or I’ll design one just for you.)


Apple Tasting and Cooking
Compare and contrast local seasonal apples.
Make and bring home apple sauce.
Prepare and dine on Apple Galette with local Ice Cream

Last of the Season Feast
On-Farm feast at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY or any pre-arranged farm site.

Local Apple and Cheese Tasting and Cook Off


Vegetarian Heaven
Local Vegetable Turnovers with Parsley Pesto
Tuscan white bean soup with Greens
Local Butternut Squash and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Apple Galette with Garam Masala

Winter Feast
East-West Maine Shrimp Dumplings
Shittake Mushroom and Butternut Stew on Piedmont Polenta
Vegetable course TDB,depending on availability
Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes with Local Eggs and Cream


Corn and Tomato Extravaganza
Taste and compare the best of the heirloom tomatoes.
Prepare and Savor:
Fresh tomato Brochette
Celebration Corn Soup with Tomato Salsa
The Best Local Field Greens Salad

Goat Cheese Heaven
Visit and tour at Rawson Brook Farm in Monterey
Savor the cheese with a green salad, using local produce.
Enjoy unforgettable cheesecake.

Let the Harvest Begin Buffet
Season menus on blog a month before class

Cook with the Season’s Bounty
Flexible and forgiving cooking with your CSA share or bounty from the Farmers’ Market.

Tomato and Corn Extravaganza
Menu announced on blog one month before class.


Greens and Strawberry Workshop
Cooking at the farm: Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, New York

Where are the classes held?
In your home or at schools around the region. (My blog and facebook page list group classes well before they take place)

Other Details
Prices: Range from $65 for a group class to $100-$250 for private classes.
Signed booksThe Locavore Way — will be available for $12.95 at all classes.To sign up for classes– Contact me or link included with class listing.

For more information
Contact me! 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 within one hour of Northampton, MA. Read about other upcoming events on the calendar.

A Sampling of other Classes Taught

Cooking for Company
Everything Salad
Fall Harvest Meals
Farmers Market Class
Finger Foods
Healthy, Quick and Easy
Holiday Fare (class by holiday)
How to Season Food
International Soups and Stews
Italian First Courses that Make a Meal
One Pot Vegetarian Meals
Pasta Intensive
Pick-Your-Own Class
Quick and Easy Gourmet
Risotto Extravaganza
Rustic Mediterranean
Summer Bounty
The Best of Spring
The Improvisational Cook
The Seasonal Chef
Vegetarian Main Courses
Warming Winter Meals
World Chicken