The Hidden Kitchen Story

HK Classes & Culinary Adventures' Overview

  • Join a Culinary Adventure and stay for $99 per night. (Two night maximum. Does not qualify for Guest Loyalty Appreciation Discount Cards and cannot be combined with any other offers, including use of gift certificates.)
  • Book any cooking class priced priced less than $150 and receive 20% off your room rate. gift certificates cannot be used with this offer.
  • Stay tuned as we add classes and culinary adventures throughout the coming year
  • Classes are nonrefundable although you’re more than welcome to re-gift your seat to someone else – just let us know

April, 24 - 25 |

Kitchen Garden Design & Cooking Class

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Author Ellen Ecker Ogden, “The Complete Kitchen Garden”
Friday April 24 / 6:30-7:30 pm The Art of Growing Food – Lecture & Photos
Saturday April 25 
9:30-12 pm  Cooking from the Garden + lunch
2 pm – 4:30 pm – Kitchen Garden Design Workshop
Cost: $125 class includes lunch, book & materials
Add  Table-talk Dinner with author in the wine cellar @ 6:30 pm  
Cost: $195 class + 5 course dinner includes book & materials 
Includes 2 1/2 hr cooking class + 2 1/2 hr garden design + 1 hr lecture + lunch + dinner
Learn how to design a kitchen garden for productivity & creativity and cook seasonal recipes to inspire fresh, healthy eating. Ideal for gardeners just starting out or if you’re experienced planning to take the next step.  Learn to make savory tarts, herb swirl bread & seasonal salads with grains & greens.
Learn more about Ellen Ogden
(Cannot wait for this class…it’s a gift that will keep giving and giving!)
Join the Culinary Adventure and stay for $99 per night.
(Two night maximum. Does not qualify for Guest Loyalty Appreciation Discount Cards and cannot be combined with any other offers.)
For more information and/or to book, call 802-263-9217 or email
May, 09 - 09 |

Gleaning from the Farms

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Menu: TBA

3 hour class, lunch included

$65 pp

Take this cooking class and receive 20% off the regular room rate if you choose to stay at the inn. Call 802-263-9217 or book online.

May, 23 - 23 |

Delicious Indian Appetizers

indian cooking class 9-20 009 (1024x683)Lini Mazumdar, a local favorite Indian Cooking instructor, returns to The Hidden Kitchen to share her kind wisdom in combining spices and flavors to create colorful and delicious cuisine pulling from our local farms.


Veggie Pakoras with Tamarind Sauce, Fish Tikki’s with Cilantro-Mint Dressing

Dahi and aaloo-chaat (a potato and garbanzo appetizer with a yogurt sauce)

Kofta with Yogurt Sauce

3 hour class, lunch included

More about Lini:
Lini Mazumdar lives on Anjali Farm in South Londonderry, Vermont, where she cooks Indian Tiffins from organic and seasonal ingredients.  She is a two-time Amateur Chef winner of the Taste of Vermont, she was featured on GNAT TV with Amy Chamberlain of the Perfect Wife restaurant in Manchester. She is also an Ayurvedic Nutritional Counselor and Certified Herbalist.  She has taught Indian Home cooking classes for the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, teaches monthly cooking classes locally and caters small events.  Lini demystifies the elaborate Indian cuisine to include seasonal ingredients that are easy to find and prepare.  She believes that in order to satisfy all our senses, food should be nutritious as well as delicious which is how she approaches her cooking–guided by color and taste!

Stay at the inn and enjoy 20% off your room rate. Call for reservations 802-263-9217 or book online.

May, 16 |

Cook Wild Edibles Right from the Inn’s grounds!

Join Chef/Cookbook Author Didi Emmons & Forager David Craft PhD

Foraging Walk 10 – 12:30 am / Hands-on Cooking Class 3-6 pm + dinner inside The Hidden Kitchen

$ 195 per person  (5 1/2 hour class + dinner)
Forage with David Craft, author of “Urban Foraging,” in our woods. Break for lunch & enjoy free time to explore the area. Return to The Hidden Kitchen to learn how to cook these cultivated greens/herbs – including, lovage, knotweed, pokeweed, wild onion, spruce shoots, goosefoot, stinging nettle & more with Didi Emmons. Dine on your creations (supplemented by our restaurant) in the Hidden Kitchen.

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June, 05 - 06 |

Natural Leavens: Sourdough Bread from a Wood-Fired Oven

2-Day Intensive with Cookbook Author Dan Wing
Learn the secrets to making naturally leavened sourdough breads with artisan bread baker Dan Wing, co-author of The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens.
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Friday June 5    5 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday June 6    8 am – 3 pm Class + lunch
Saturday June 6    3 pm – 6:30 pm Class + dinner in The Hidden Kitchen

Meet on Friday evening to mix sourdough starters and measure ingredients for Saturday. Then Saturday, mix, shape and bake naturally leavened bread. You will also make pizza for lunch and a chicken dinner, all in Dan’s portable wood-fired ovens. We’ll also bake desserts in the inn’s 1792 beehive oven! Then, eat what you make and take some bread home!
$299 per person (12 hours instruction + lunch + dinner)
Join the Culinary Adventure and stay for $99 per night. (Two night maximum. Does not qualify for Guest Loyalty Appreciation Discount Cards and cannot be combined with any other offers.) For more information and/or to book, call 802-263-9217 or email
July, 17 - 18 |

NEW PRICE Food Photography Workshop

Join food + lifestyle photographer  Mary Giordano Brackett for a weekend photography intensive.
Perfect Class for Food Bloggers, Foodies, Amateur Photographers!
10 hour Food Photography Workshop
(Includes one-on-one instruction, lunch, local farm tours, stylizing lessons, plus dinner at Dusk in the garden!)
$295 per person

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August, 01 |

(Only 3 spots left!) Pit Roasting “In the Garden” Class

8-31-13 020 (944x1024)This is one of the favorite cooking classes of the year.
We start the fire the night before in our stone-lined garden pit. In the morning, we pull the coals aside and place the meat wrapped in cheesecloth then corn husks into the pit, cover with ferns and more husks, lay barn tin on top and then shovel the coals on top. The next morning, we have the unveiling and bring the meat inside The Hidden Kitchen to serve as the main course for a traditional Native American meal.
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10 am – 1:30 pm + 6 pm Dinner in the Garden with special guest 
Hands-on/demonstration class – details to come (Native American Cuisine)
$149 per person
(3 1/2 hour class + dinner)
Chief of the Abenaki tribe Roger Longtoe Sheehan returns to lead the table talk discussion on Native American life in the area, how they cooked, their diet, and their tools.
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Enjoy 20% off room night (Two night maximum. Cannot be combined with any other offers.) For more information and/or to book, call 802-263-9217 or email
August, 29 - 29 |
Hands OnHands On

Chef/cookbook author Virginia Willis “Lighten’ up y’all”


Photo credit: Angie Mosier

Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child, prepared lunch for President Clinton, and catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda. She began her culinary career tossing pizzas in college, has since foraged for wild herbs in the Alps, made mustard in Dijon, and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen. She is the author of newly released Lighten’ up Y’all, Bon Appétit, Y’all and Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, Okra: A Savor the South Cookbook, and Grits by Short Stack Editions.


Photo credit Angie Mosier

The Chicago Tribune praised her as one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know.” Her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French cooking a down-home feel and reimagining Southern recipes en Français.
Join her in The Hidden Kitchen for this demonstration cooking class:
Lightened Up Pimiento Cheese –
Bourbon Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce
Cream Corn Stuffed Tomatoes
Summer Squash Casserole
Buttermilk Biscuits w/ Blueberry Jam — and everyone can take home a 1/2 pint jar
Spa-ah Fruit Cobbler with Vanilla Cream
$95 pp includes lunch
To learn more about Virginia Willis, click here.
Stay at the inn and receive 20% off regular room rate.
For more information and/or to book, call 802-263-9217.
December, 05 - 06 |
Hands OnHands On

NEW PRICE Holiday Splendid Spoonfuls – Savory & Sweet

From Bread Pudding to Creme Brulee with cookbook author Barbara Lauterbach CCP
Saturday Dec. 5  ~ 10 am – 1 pm Class + lunch / Sunday Dec. 6 ~  10 am – 12:30 pm class + lunch 
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Explore a savory and sweet range of custards and puddings, from stove-top to oven baked, in this two part weekend class. Certified Cooking Professional Barbara Lauterbach shares techniques and recipes featured in her book.
Learn more about Barbara Lauterbach 
$195 per person
(5 1/2 hours class time + 2 lunches)
Join the Culinary Adventure and stay for $99 per night. (Two night maximum. Does not qualify for Guest Loyalty Appreciation Discount Cards and cannot be combined with any other offers.) For more information and/or to book, call 802-263-9217 or email

hk - apronAnyone can teach you how to prepare a recipe, to measure, chop and braise.

Inside The Hidden Kitchen, our on-site cooking studio, you’ll learn to follow a recipe as a guideline, not as a binding road map. We’ll encourage you to take the “scenic route,” savor what’s in season, buy direct from the farmer and cook for your health and vitality. hidden kitchen more photos 011 (533x800)

This philosophy has defined the culinary experience at The Inn at Weathersfield for years. It’s also why this our farm partners play a key role in The Hidden Kitchen. Without them, we’d be like every other cooking school in the country.

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Our classes are fun, entertaining and up close and personal with our Executive Chef, visiting chefs, cookbook authors and experts in their field.

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Classes are open to all, whether you’re staying at the inn, live in the area, or just passing through.

And in case you’re wondering where the  name came from…

No, it’s not after NPR’s award winning radio series,  Hidden Kitchens.

While that might be a logical conclusion, the only real connection is food.

Back in the early 1970s, The Hidden Kitchen was the name of a little restaurant in the charming beach town, Del Mar, California. It was owned by inn owner Marilee Spanjian’s late mother, Ann Yalian.

“When I was a teenager, I don’t remember why or what made my mother, who was a home cook with no professional training, want to open a restaurant, but she did,” Marilee recalls. “The restaurant was located off Highway 101, below a fresh fish market. There was a wood staircase that led down off the main sidewalk that took you to a courtyard where my mom had tables and chairs for her guests. Around the corner, my dad built a mini salad bar and order counter.  I stitched her a piece of art that hung in her little restaurant.”

Fast forward around 40 years.direction sign

Behind the inn, a short walk down the lane is the cooking studio.

Behind the inn, a short walk down the lane is the cooking studio.

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Shortly after buying the inn, Marilee, her husband and co-owner Richard and the executive chef were brainstorming names for the cooking school.  Marilee shared the story of her mother’s restaurant and suggested The Hidden Kitchen.

They agreed it was a perfect fit as the cooking studio is tucked behind the inn inside the old barn loft. Instead of going down a flight of stairs, you go up eight and step inside a truly magical space. We invite you to come and visit.

(This was the name of my Mom's little restaurant in California. I made this for felt applique for her even though I was a bratty teenager :)




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