The Hidden Kitchen Story

Class Overview


We offer demonstration, hands-on and culinary weekends.


December 6 – Drink (& Eat) Like it’s 1699 – Colonial Cocktails (& Food) – Corin Hirsh

20140405_Colonial_Drinks_1 Long before there were Cosmos and Negronis, our colonial forebears buoyed themselves with whimsically named proto-cocktails such as Flip, Rattle-Skull and Whistle Belly Vengeance. 20140405_Colonial_Drinks_rattle


Join drinks writer and author Corin Hirsch as she guides us through a sensory journey of these early blends of rum, cider, spices and even eggs. We’ll learn to make a favorite colonial light meal to go with three colonial-era drinks – a shrub, switchel and Stone-Fences and raise our glasses to our spirituous Founding Fathers .20140405_Colonial_Drinks_stoneThree Hour Class + Lunch with cookbook author & chef Corin Hirsch  $79

Return for dinner in the wine cellar at 6:30 pm with Corin Hirsch and enjoy more cocktails and a delicious colonial inspired tasting menu prepared by the inn’s Executive Chef Jean-Luc Matecat.

Class + Lunch + Dinner in the Wine Cellar – $149

Make a weekend out of it!

Ultimate Culinary Weekend Adventure

Includes one night’s lodging + two dinners + two breakfasts
+ class for two with lunch + the tour + food gratuity

$429 for en suite queen guest room (Best room available at booking)

$499 for en suite king guest room (Best room available at booking)

(Single Student – $349 for queen guest room or $399 for king guest room)

(Add Friday and/or Sunday night(s) and get 20% off regular room rate)

Call 802-263-9217 or email the inn at

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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