Learn about healthy cooking, eating, and veggie-friendly lifestyles at local centers.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Stony Point
CCE’s Rockland County center offers several free two-hour long cooking and nutrition workshops for families, youths, and seniors who have a limited income. All materials are provided and participants can enjoy a bite to eat as they cook through the class. The classes focus on how to cook low-cost, nutritious, and healthy meals with tips on how to feed the entire family. After six classes, attendees receive a certificate of completion.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties
These all-vegan classes, taught by Chefs Linda and Sara, teach participants how to make the most out of cruelty-free ingredients, from the most flavorful means of preparing tofu and tempeh to making your own vegan cheeses. Each intimate (10 max) class includes a glass of vegan wine and runs from $50-$75.
Bluecashew Kitchen Homestead, Kingston
This high-end cookware store also hosts demonstrations and classes based around healthy, organic, and frequently – as with its Farmers Market Cooking Class – local food. Classes are taught in the uptown Kingston location by both in-house and visiting chefs, including representatives from Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go and Whole Foods, and typically run around $95.
Nirmala Narine, Highland
These classes, held at the cook’s Highland farm, guide participants in the correct use of spices, a trademark of Nirmala’s cooking. Classes are available for $120 in Moroccan cuisine, autumnal-themed Indian food, as well as a global survey of vegetarian dishes.