Travel With The Farm Cooking School! 

In 2019, we will offer three, 5-day gastro-experiences where former Gourmet magazine food editors turned cooking school partners, Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman, will guide students through a week of field-to-kitchen cooking classes, meals, and excursions that explore local east coast foodways.  Students will hone knife skills, practice a variety of cooking techniques, and learn about regenerative and renewable farming practices. This is an intimate hands-on experience for students 21+.  Space is limited.

“What we offer our guests is beyond farm-to-table,” explains Knauer, the founder of The Farm Cooking School.  “Remove the buzzwords and this is actually how we and our community live. Our culinary retreats teach students how to go from soil and seed, to plate and table, and then to compost and feed.  Building a viable food system is full circle and that’s what we focus on.”

The Foundations of Cooking

June 24-29, 2019 and July 22-26, 2019

This 5-day culinary vacation to The Farm Cooking School in the beautiful Delaware River Valley includes everything you need to know for creative freedom in the kitchen!  You will learn essential knife skills and five core culinary techniques: searing, braising, roasting, poaching, and grilling. You will also learn how to make a variety of egg-based seasonal desserts (including custard, ice cream, meringue). Classes will use Roots to River organic vegetables, award-winning local meats, and sustainable seafood. A full three-course meal will be created in each of the seven classes to be enjoyed with classmates and the instructors!

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

8:00AM - 9:00AM Optional Excursion: The Golden Nugget Flea Market; Personal Time

9:00AM - 10:00AM Roots to River & Locust Light Farm Tours with Malaika Spencer and Amanda Midkiff

10:00AM - 1:00PM Knife Skills Cooking Class at The Farm Cooking School (includes lunch)

1:00PM - 4:00PM Bobolink Dairy Farm Tour and Cheese Tasting

4:00PM - 6:00PM Optional Excursion: Grounds for Sculpture Tour; Personal Time

6:00PM - 9:00PM Wine Paired Farm Dinner with Sommelier Carol Berman


The cost per person is $2,250.00* which includes all hands-on cooking classes, lunch and dinner, afternoon excursions/demonstrations, and a copy of The Farm Cooking School cookbook. Classes are intimate and focus attention on each students individual needs.  This experience is designed for adults 21+.

*Prices do not include nightly accommodation.


 Photo Credit: Alex Vishnevsky 2014

Photo Credit: Alex Vishnevsky 2014

NEW!  East Coast Foodways Experience

August 12-16, 2019

This 5-day experience is a complete immersion into the organic food system - both in the fields and in the kitchen.  Students will learn agricultural literacy by working alongside Roots to River Organic Farm and Locust Light Herbal Apothecary Farm and then utilize the August bounty as the main inspiration for the cooking class menus. The produce will be a foil for various homemade pastas, flatbreads made in our pizza oven, tacos made with homemade corn and flour tortillas,  and much more. Students will visit local livestock farms and orchards, learn canning and experience beekeeping, bake bread and even enjoy a special wine dinner hosted by Ian, Shelley, and the cooking school’s sommelier, Carol Berman. Additionally, there will be time built in for guests to relax among the art and culture of the Delaware River Valley.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

7:00AM - 7:45AM Optional Class: Morning Yoga in the Herb Garden with Amanda Midkiff

8:00AM - 10:00AM Agricultural Literacy: Seeding & Transplanting with Roots to River’s Malaika Spencer

10:00AM - 11:00AM Morning Refreshments at The Farm Cooking School; Personal Time

11:00AM - 2:00PM Woodfired Pizza Cooking Class at The Farm Cooking School (includes lunch)

2:00PM - 5:00PM Optional Excursion: Grounds for Sculpture Tour; Personal Time

5:00PM - 6:00PM Herbal Literacy: The Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs with Locust Light’s Amanda Midkiff

6:00PM - 9:00PM Wine Paired Farm Dinner with Sommelier Carol Berman

The cost per person is $2,750* which includes all hands-on cooking classes, lunch and dinner, afternoon excursions/demonstrations, and a copy of The Farm Cooking School cookbook. Classes are intimate and focus attention on each students individual needs.  This experience is designed for adults 21+.