Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Autumn in New England Comfort Foods

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Autumn in New England Comfort Foods

Everyone says fall in New England is the best—and we whole-heartedly agree! Local farms are bringing truckloads of fresh picked fruits and veggies, and we get to showcase it all in a unique seasonal and local cooking experience! Building on traditional foods of Native Americans and Pilgrims as well as 20th century Ireland and Italy, you will travel through time to agrarian New England to understand what it means to be a locavore today.

In this lively, hands-on cooking class you will learn how to utilize the produce and products of the farmers and artisans of the Boston Public Market. Guided by Chef Jen, you will create an exciting three-course meal based on seasonal, local food, and increase your comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques, and flavor profiles.

In addition to learning a new cooking style, you’ll enjoy tastes of three local New England wines that pair perfectly with recipes we’ll be making, courtesy of The Massachusetts Wine Shop.

Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get cooking! See below the dates, times and menus.


  • Tuesday, October 15 from 6-8PM | Menu 1
  • Tuesday, October 22 from 6-8PM | Menu 1
  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-8PM | Menu 1
  • Tuesday, November 5 from 6-8PM | Menu 1
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-8PM | Menu 1
  • Tuesday, November 19 from 6-8PM | Menu 2
  • Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8PM | Menu 2
  • Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8PM | Menu 2
  • Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8PM | Menu 2

Menu 1:

  • Whole roasted squash salad with greens and local cheese
  • Spice-rubbed duck breast with brussels sprouts
  • Poached pears with cream

Menu 2: 

  • Mussels with hard cider and herbs
  • Bacon, mushrooms and hearty greens with polenta
  • Apple crisp with cranberry oatmeal topping

Our hands-on cooking classes are structured as a group learning experience; you’ll work with other students to create a seasonal meal led by our professional chef instructors. We focus on learning new cooking styles and techniques to increase your confidence and enjoyment in your own kitchen. Here are a few things to know before booking a class with us:

  • Each class is centered on the local, seasonal farmers and artisans of the Boston Public Market, so menus may change slightly based on what’s available the day of the event.
  • During each class, you’ll learn 2 or 3 recipes, you’ll work with between 2 and 4 other students to create each one, and you’ll enjoy a plentiful taste of each.
  • Classes are usually between 2 and 2.5 hours long, unless otherwise noted.
  • Please be prepared to be on your feet, standing at a table, and cooking for the duration of class.
  • We recommend comfortable, non-slip, and closed-toe shoes.

Tickets: $60 for Trustees member and $75 for Non-Trustees Members. Members must bring their current member card and number. Join The Trustees and save! Members save between 20-40% off all classes in The KITCHEN.

About Chef Jen Heilig

Jennifer Heilig is a trained chef, culinary educator, and owner of For The Table cooking school. She has cooked professionally for over 15 years. Jen teaches group, private, and corporate cooking classes in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Cooking has been Jen’s lifelong passion. After graduating from Smith College, she dove into the kitchen life as the personal chef for a college president for several years. Work in the business world followed, but cooking remained a central part of her life, and she eventually left her desk job to focus on food. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts with high honors and received the school’s Julia Child Award. She has worked at a number of restaurants in and around Boston and on Cape Cod, including Legal Harborside and State Street’s executive dining room. Jen founded For The Table cooking school to bring hands-on classes to home cooks of all levels. Her mission is to help people enjoy cooking and to cook at home more often. Her classes range from cooking techniques and fundamentals to ingredient- and cuisine-focused favorites. She is proud to be part of the Boston Public Market community and to teach and cook in The KITCHEN with the fresh, local bounty of New England.

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