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Experience hosted by Donna

2 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Farm-to-table cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Up to 10 people
Includes food

What you'll do

Each class will focus on a unique theme inspired by the expert facilitating that session (whether it’s Donna herself, a local artisan producer or a guest Chef).

Your culinary experience will begin with a casual meet and greet, followed by an introduction about the select culture and cuisine of the class. We will go out to the garden to gather ingredients for use in the lesson, which will be a combination of instruction, demonstration, and hands-on participation with ample time for questions.

Classes will conclude with a tasting of the foods prepared in the class and sharing of thoughts and ideas. Guests will be given all of the recipes, and have an opportunity to get some of the special ingredients used in the session from our farm market.

Our kitchen is ‘zero waste’, so thoughtful disposal of scraps will be discussed. 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.

Other things to note: 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
Each class will focus on a unique theme inspired by the expert facilitating that session (whether it’s Donna herself, a local artisan producer or a guest Chef).

Your culinary experience will begin with a casual meet and greet, followed by an introduction about the select culture and cuisine of the class. We will go out to the garden to gather ingredients for use in the lesson, which will be a combination of instruction, demonstration…

What's included

  • Food
    Some classes will include light refreshments while others may conclude with...

Meet your host, Donna

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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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 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
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 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 yo…
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From $85
/ person

In partnership with Slow Food

Slow Food approved
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.

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

1 review

Theo
January 2020
Donna was fabulous. My wife and I learnt to make several soups from scratch. She is a very passionate chef who is extremely knowledgable and made it fun for us to learn.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Government ID

    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.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

    While not required, guests are invited to bring treasured family recipes, stories and interesting kitchen tools to share with the class.

    Wear weather appropriate (casual) clothing and comfortable shoes.