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

The best part of winter in New England is cozying up to a warm fire with a hearty, home-cooked meal! Learn how to create traditional, warming recipes that are easy to recreate in the comfort of your own kitchen. Why bundle up and battle the elements to eat out, when you have the skills to create a three-course meal at home?

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 expertise 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 January 7th from 6-8PM – Menu 1
  • Tuesday January 14th from 6-8PM  – Menu 1
  • Tuesday January 28th from 6-8PM  – Menu 1
  • Tuesday February 4th from 6-8PM  – Menu 1
  • Tuesday February 11th from 6-8PM  – Menu 1
  • Tuesday February 25th from 6-8PM  – Menu 1
  • Tuesday March 3rd from 6-8PM – Menu 2
  • Tuesday March 10th from 6-8PM – Menu 2
  • Tuesday March 17th from 6-8PM – Menu 2
  • Tuesday March 24th from 6-8PM – Menu 2
  • Tuesday March 31st from 6-8PM – Menu 2

Menu 1:

  • Warm goat cheese, bacon and date bruschetta
  • Crispy skillet chicken with hot honey and sautéed winter greens
  • Coconut macaroons with chocolate drizzle

Menu 2: 

  • Roasted beet and citrus salad
  • Chestnut Farms Pork ragu with ricotta gnocchi
  • Caramelized apples with honeycomb and nuts

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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