The Hidden Kitchen Story

Basic Class Information

  • gift certificates cannot be used with this offer.
  • New classes added regularly.
  • Classes are nonrefundable although you’re more than welcome to re-gift your seat to someone else – just let us know.

September, 10 |
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HK Saturday Class – Wild Edibles – Foraging Class

DSC_031210:30-1:30 pm~ 125. per person

Back by popular demand, Boston-based forager David Craft returns to join IW Executive Chef Michael Ehlenfeldt!

Forage the inn property and learn what wild edibles you can eat!

Then head back into The Hidden Kitchen and enjoy this hands-on very popular class as you learn to cook these edibles. After, sit back as a class and enjoy your dishes together.

Menu (subject to change but close to what we’ll find)

Saag Paneer with Red Lentils & Dock Leaves

Saag Paneer with Red Lentils and Dock Leaves

Burdock Root, Hijiki, Bacon and Fried Rice

Walnut Black Bean Veggie Burgers with Crab Apple Chutney

Herbaceous Mushroom Stew with no-knead bread

Kousa Dogwood Jam

Call (802) 263-9217

December, 03 |
Hands OnHands On

Cookies & Cocktails

671889_18f957b8af77469b8ea5afd55bf392a3-1NYC based chef/cooking instructor/baker Molly Pam is coming back to the inn to TEACH a fun-filled holiday class. Love her style, her energy. 10-1 pm This class will sell out fast! Grab your friends. $55 pp

Here’s the menu:
Eggnog spritz cookies
Cranberry Rugelach
Gingerbread snowflakes with juniper royal icing
Toffee bars
Chocolate Rum Balls

Pear and ginger bellini
Cranberry whiskey sour

Here’s a link to Molly’s website:
Call for reservations: 802-263-9217

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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