The Hidden Kitchen Story

Basic Class Information

  • HANDS-ON & HANDS-ON/DEMONSTRATION CLASSES – MAX 12 STUDENTS ONLY
  • Join a Culinary Adventure (cooking classes over $150 pp) and stay for $99 per night. (Two night maximum. Cannot be combined with any other offers, including use of bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates.)
  • Book any cooking class priced less than $150 and receive 20% off your room rate. Bedandbreakfast.com 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

August, 29 - 29 |
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Chef/cookbook author Virginia Willis “Lighten’ up y’all”

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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.

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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.
September, 26 - 26 |
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Indian Appetizers with Ayurvedic Counselor, Certified Herbalist & chef Lini Mazumdar

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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.

Menu – “Delicious Indian Appetizers”.

Veggie Pakoras with Tamarind Sauce – Indian Vegetable Fritters
Fish Tikkis and Koftas with cilantro-mint dressing – a pan-fried fish cake and Koftas (made with ground rather than cubed meat)
Dahi and aaloo-chaat (a potato and garbanzo appetizer with a yogurt sauce) – This is a popular street food from Kolkata. It is a healthy snack and has zero oil

3 hour class, lunch included

$65 per person

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!

September, 30 - 30 |
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Hands-on Cooking Class with Chef Michael Ehlenfeldt

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Details to Come

 

December, 05 - 06 |
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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 stay@weathersfieldinn.com.

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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