Rooted in the firm belief that cooking should not only be an experience and an art, the Foxglove Cooking School was founded by passionate Chef Jennifer Oliver. Her classes are designed for both beginners and seasoned gourmands, because Chef Jenn understands that everyone can enjoy cooking well, regardless of their skill in the kitchen. The school’s curriculum is diverse, ranging from medieval-themed cooking classes to stone-cold beginners’ lessons. All group classes feature super-fresh ingredients from nearby sources to help instill participants with an appreciation for beautiful, local cuisine. During sessions, Chef Jenn demonstrates how to craft three dishes, while students taste test each and place bets on how quickly she can mince an incriminating document.
Eat Local’s chefs create locally-sourced meals from scratch, and teach cooking students how to do the same. Every item on the menu is handmade using Northwest grass-fed meats, free-range chickens, and organic or sustainably-grown local produce. The staff places food items in biodegradable packaging or reusable glass containers, and, for cooked meals, freezes them to maintain flavor and quality. Eat Local Frozen Meals can be bought in-store or packed in dry ice and shipped to individual doorsteps or rabbit holes. Those jonesing to make their own edibles can enroll in classes that guide the creation of pasta, pies, and even marshmallows.
Dianne’s Delights delivers what every event really needs—a dose of sweetness. The dessert-catering company bakes a kaleidoscope of frosting-laden treats, whether they’re traditional desserts such as cupcakes and seasonally decorated cookies, or more modern morsels such as cake pops and cake balls. They even take the guesswork out of wine-and-dessert pairings with wine-infused cake balls, which marry the flavors of wine with moist cake. These goodies come together in a variety of forms, including ornate gift boxes and themed dessert bars topped with colorful cake pops, miniature brownies, and tiny tarts. The staff arranges the treats on multi-tiered serving trays and wooden boxes that might top a shabby-chic vintage dresser or nestle next to candle-filled mason jars. Whatever the setup, the delicate pastries add much-needed decadence to corporate events, weddings, and dog retirement parties.
The Dianne behind dianne’s Delights has always loved people, but the first time she got to express her love of dessert was at an event with 3,000 people. She prepared the sweets in a flurry of activity and discovered a passion for sharing them with grateful customers. Within two months, she opened dianne’s Delights, her dessert-only catering company. Today, she shares this passion with everyday treat devotees in classes that teach the baking and decorating methods that brought her so much success.
After producing a children's educational video about local produce and healthy eating called Earth to Table, ChefShop founders Tim Mar and Mauny Kaseberg capitalized on their passion for locally sourced fare in 1998 with an extensive online database of artisan farmers and food experts. Today, ChefShop connects shoppers with top-shelf ingredients and produce, from free-range turkeys to fruit from central Washington or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from Italy. Before stocking them on their virtual shelves, the ChefShop team ensures each item is raised and developed using time-honored techniques and is run through a gauntlet of quality-assurance taste tests, meetings with farmers, and food fights with the preeminent experts in food fights: middle-school rebels.
Clients peruse the ever-updated inventory for goodies such as sustainable line-caught seafood, decades-aged balsamic vinegar, or rare Sardinian bottarga, filling their kitchen repertoire with handy recipes along with the top-shelf ingredients. Aspiring cooks master a range of cooking styles under professional chefs in ChefShop's cooking classes, ranging from the creation of rich Italian pastas to fashioning delectable small plates and tapas.