What you'll do
Each class will focus on a unique theme inspired by the expert who is facilitating that session (whether it’s Donna herself or a special guest Chef). We begin each culinary class with a casual meet and greet introduction while enjoying light refreshments. The chef will share a history and interesting facts about the cuisine/theme of the class. All classes will have a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on participation with ample time allotted for questions. Ingredients used in the session will be organic, local, seasonal and almost always available in our farm market. Classes will conclude with a tasting of the foods prepared in the class and sharing of thoughts and ideas. Guests will leave with recipes for the foods prepared. Our kitchen is ‘zero waste’, so thoughtful disposal of scraps will be covered. Single use plastics and materials harmful to the environment will never be used. As a Snail of Approval recipient and chairman of the regional chapter of Slow Food, Donna Simons incorporates the values of 'Good Clean and Fair' in to all activities that occur at Pound Ridge Organics.
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I've worked as a chef 'garde manger', baker, and culinary educator, but my most meaningful food memories were during my childhood: My brother teaching me to cook while I stood on a kitchen chair - too small to reach the stove; Foraging for wild grapes and berries in the fields and woods behind my family home; Harvesting warm vegetables from my grandparent’s garden, dwarfed by their enormous sunflowers. I can still smell the aroma of my grandmother’s homemade pies, and taste the tangy fresh blueberry yogurt from the neighborhood dairy. I credit my passion about food to my grandpa Jake. A trailblazer and one of the earliest bagel/bialy producers in the U.S. (c 1910), he helped preserve my family’s cultural food traditions while fighting for fair labor practices for bakers, which led to the formation of the baker’s union in NY and the U.S.
In partnership with SLOW FOOD
This experience is crafted in accordance with the principles of Slow Food, ensuring that it is delicious, socially responsible and ecologically sustainable.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, it has grown into a global movement working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Your contribution, in addition to supporting the host, will help Slow Food to implement projects worldwide to empower local communities, promote artisan farmers and producers, and support school gardens and education projects.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to SLOW FOOD.
Some classes will include light refreshments while others may conclude with a complete sit down meal. Specifics will be given…
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Where you'll be
Pound Ridge with only 2,500 full time residents, and an equal amount of weekenders, is home to the largest park in Westchester, The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, boasting 4,700 acres of natural wilderness. Scotts Corners, where Pound Ridge Organics is situated, is the smallest hamlet in the county. This historic, quiet but 'hip' town (that has never seen a traffic light) has been a haven for artists, musicians, writers & celebrities for decades
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Classes will vary - ranging from beginner to master classes. Please contact host to determine which class if right for you.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
The classes will be different for each date on the calendar. Please contact Donna directly for theme, teacher and details. We can accommodate private parties for special occasions. Let us know of any special needs or dietary requests in advance. Donna can be reached at email@example.com
Slow Food-In the Kitchen With Donna