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.

July, 03 |
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HK 7/3 Sunday Supper Herb Class

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Join Executive Chef Michael Ehlenfeldt in this Sunday Supper class inside The Hidden Kitchen.

Summer Herb Marinated Goat Cheese Native Greens with Champagne Tarragon Vinaigrette

Horseradish Encrusted Salmon with Rosemary Garlic Potatoes & Garden Vegetables

Strawberry & Thyme Shorcakes with Lemon Thyme Honey Ice Cream

Prepare your dinner with chef and then sit down over a glass of wine with Chef and enjoy what you’ve created.

$55 pp

July, 16 |
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HK Saturday Class – “Chaparty” Indian Bread


10 am – 1 pm

We love local instructor Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farms & Lotus Moon Medicinals. Here’s what she’s planning:

“Come and get your hands dirty — well, floury!! — we will all take turns learning how to knead, roll out and cook Chapatis, an unleavened whole wheat indian bread that often accompanies a meal. We’ll also make luchi,  a fried bengali bread, eaten with ‘begun bhaja’ (eggplant).  And how could we overlook NAAN, a well-known favorite oven-baked flatbread. 
We will eat these breads with daal and vegetables so it’s bread baking and lunch!”

Price 65. per person

Call 802-263-9217 or book online

August, 13 |
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HK Saturday Class – Annual Pit Roasting

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10-1 pm – Demo & hands-on Class ~ 165. per person
6 pm Dinner in the wine cellar with special guest
Class & dinner included (drinks + tax + gratuity not included at dinner)
Class size Limited to 10 students

Join us for this unique cooking experience where we build a fire the night before, move the coals over to roast parts and sometimes a whole animals wrapped in cheese cloth and ferns and corn husks. Weather permitting, we’ll prep in the shade of the garden’s apple trees then eat lunch in The Hidden Kitchen.

At 6 pm, return to the inn’s wine cellar for a pre-set tasting menu prepared by Chef Michael to continue the salute to Native American cooking. Special guest host Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan and his wife share the natives cooking and farming techniques.

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

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Back by popular demand, Boston-based Didi Emmons and forager David Craft return!

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)

Day Lily Salad with Pine Nuts, Goat Cheese, Balsamic & Parmesan

Knotweed Lemon Jam

Muhummara with Crackers

Stinging Nettle Soup with Sweet Potato

French Lentil Tabouli with Chickweed, Goosefoot & Feta

Millet Cakes with Chickweed Borani

Knotweed Raisin Bread Pudding

Call (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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