DIY: LA's best fall food classes

Learn how to make cheese, roast your own coffee beans and plant your own edible garden with these 9 picks of LA’s best fall food classes.



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Ice cream making Farm lunch Jam making

Classroom Mother Moo Malibu Farm Sqirl

Syllabus The 3-hour class is led by master preserver Karen Klemens, who shares her secrets to great ice cream (cream cheese!). Klemens opens her Sierra Madre ice cream parlor for the hands-on class where you'll make basic vanilla to candied orange peel and chocolate ice cream. Experience life on the farm—in sunny Malibu, no less—with a literal farm-to-table lunch. Get your hands (and Wellies) dirty harvesting the farm’s produce (and the day's ingredients), which get diced and sauteed into a seasonally-themed lunch that's limited to nine wannabe farmers. Fall means Gravenstein apples and heirloom pears, which are preserved into jars of fruit butters at Sqirl's Silver Lake HQ. You’ll have to sing for your supper churning apples through a food mill and patiently waiting to sample the sweet conserves.

Snack time Students scream for ice cream made with Strauss milk, local fruit, organic eggs and sugar. Dig into free scoops and take home what you make in class. Eight to nine fall-themed dishes—olives in October and sage in November—are presented by the day’s “chefs” (i.e. you) and eaten after class at the family-style, al fresco lunch. The nearly three-hour long jam session breaks for cake and sweet preserves—Sqirl-made flavors include strawberry rose geranium—served with homemade rhubarb lemonade and local Handsome Coffee.

When Saturdays, 9am-noon
October 13, November 10
Sundays, 10:45am-12:45pm
October 21, November 11
Sundays, 4-6:45pm
October 14, November 18

How much? $65 $60 $100

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