Taking advantage of the plethora of fresh produce coming from area gardens and farmers markets, East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will offer a six-week cooking course, “Garden Chronicles.”
The course will be taught by local chef and restauranteur Sheridan Dockery Nice, a classically trained chef who studied at La Verenne, Ecole de Cuisine, in Paris. She is the owner of Mona Lisa’s Gelato and the former owner of Epicurean.
“This is the perfect time of year to focus on a more plant-based menu,” Nice said. “Area gardens are offering up their spectacular bounty, and local farmers markets are bursting at the seams with countless heirloom varieties of all sorts of vegetables.
“We’ll take our cue from modern French cuisine, focusing on seasonal ingredients and whole foods, and the recipes will also be inspired by ethnic flavors from around the world. Every class will be spent preparing a meal, which we will then share together. Each meal will include a light entrée of fish, poultry or meat, as well. We want to promote local foods and food production, along with gastronomy.”
“Garden Chronicles” will meet for six weeks starting Aug. 15 in the Foods Lab of ETSU’s Hutcheson Hall. Each class will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Registration is $189 and includes all food for a meal at every meeting, most of which will come from Mona Lisa’s organic garden.
For registration or more information, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 1-800-222-3878. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.