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, 16 |
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HK Saturday Class – Lini’s back with Summer Indian Recipes


10 am – 1 pm

Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farms returns to The Hidden Kitchen to teach us how to cook when it’s hot outside in this hands-on/demonstration class.
We will practice rolling out Chapatis, unleavened whole wheat bread baked on a tava. We will also learn to make and taste: Mango & Mint Lassi, a cooling yogurt drink, Macher Jhol, a light Bengali Fish Stew, a Kale and Chickpea side dish with Rice, and a Fresh Pineapple Ginger Chutney.
$65 pp includes lunch & drinks

Call 802-263-9217 or book online

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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