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Purchase, prepare, and polish off S.O.L.E. (sustainable, organic, local, and ethical) food at the local foodie soul of the city: the world-famous Pike Place Market. With today’s Groupon, $28 gets you a $45 two-hour ‘Lunch and Learn’ cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, just four blocks south of the legendary market at 1101 Post Alley ($50 with tax included).
Your farmer-to-table experience will be led by Diane LaVonne, a super-sweet former caterer and real-life Mrs. Fields (she delivers fresh cookies to neighboring businesses every Friday). She’ll give you a wonderful cooking lesson that combines simple, delicious cuisine with informative conversation. Belly up to the kitchen’s marble countertop for a hands-on adventure as Diane demonstrates how to whip up dishes in themed classes such as Soup & Salads, Simply Salmon Saturday, and Seafood Pasta. The intimate setting and easygoing chef encourage students to raise any culinary questions or concerns, no matter how elementary. More esoteric queries are covered in themed Q&A sessions such as Frequently Asked Crustaceans, Leek of the Week, and Ducks: Why They Have It Coming (And How To Give It To Them).
Because Diane strives to connect community and cooking, your gourmand education continues as you help prepare the multi-course lunch. Thanks to Diane’s tasty tidbits about ingredients and farmers, you’ll leave with not only a full stomach, but also a full understanding and appreciation of the local food scene and all it has to offer.
The mouth-watering menus vary depending on season, but past dishes have included seared, troll-caught salmon with apple and dried cranberry chutney, and merlot-poached pear with almond cream tart. Along with the lunch and recipes to take home, each class includes bottled water, tea, or coffee, and the experience is always infused with Diane’s passion for preparing an authentic Northwest meal. For a complete list of scheduled Lunch and Learn classes, check out the calendar.
A single Yelper gives Diane’s classes a perfect five stars and other online reviews are glowing: > * I took Diane’s market tour and cooking class with a group of friends. As a third generation Seattle native, I grew up in the market. I also work a couple blocks away. Diane showed us Pike Place market–the insider’s view. The tour appeals to natives and tourists alike. – Joan G., Yelp > * I may benefit more from [Diane’s] insight into Seattle foods, local chefs and great resources than I do how to actually prepare the foods we make. It is VERY valuable to me and I look forward to participating in many more classes. – Elizabeth, Cooking Schools of America
With the recent trend toward healthier eating habits, more sustainable farming practices, and increased cultural sensitivity, many traditional cookbooks have been forced into retirement over the years for their outmoded views. Keep your eyes peeled for these hard-to-find, out-of-print titles, which increase in value as collectors’ items daily:
- Blubber Recipes for the Weekend Harpoonist
- The Joy of (Indentured Servants) Cooking (for You)
- To Serve Manatee
- Exotic Culinary Adventures—Eat Like an Amazon with Burrito Recipes and More
Central Business District
1101 Post Ave
Seattle, Washington 98101Get Directions