Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Slow Food Chicago Offers Canning Workshop – 8.23 & 8.28

Reprinted with permission from

We’re not the only ones believing in eating local later. Our friends at Slow Food Chicago know how vital it is to put away good food for future eating. They also know that many lack the skills needed to preserve their seasonal bounty. Thus, they have organized a series of workshops to introduce people to the pleasures of canning–and believe us there is plenty of pleasure when you twist open your first jar of home canned tomatoes. We’ve heard that several people have already enrolled in their August classes. Learn how to be ready.

To teach your canning, Slow Food Chicago will offer two hands-on workshops this month, each focusing on the tomato at the Logan Square Kitchen (2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.). The classes will be led by Sam Radov, Pastry Chef at the Publican. The first workshop takes place August 23 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., and the second workshop takes place August 28 from noon until 3:00 p.m. Classes include all tools and equipments. Guests may bring up to 10 lbs. of tomatoes from their own garden, their favorite farmer or have Slow Food Chicago procure their tomatoes ($20). All the tomatoes will get mixed together in one sustainable bucket of red love that will be parceled out to each participant. The price to attend is $45. To register for the class and purchase tomatoes, visit Space is limited, and several people have already signed up. Act now!

Slow Food Chicago will present canning workshops featuring apples in fall, citrus fruits in winter and rhubarb next spring. Eat local now and eat local later!

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