Welcome! Please pre-register and prepay for classes. To pay online, click the orange text or button for each class. To register and pay with cash or check, contact us at classes@briarpatch.coop or (530) 272-5333 ext. 134. We hope to see you at a class soon. Please sign up 48 hours in advance of the class you would like to take, so we know how many to shop for. Thank you!

  • July 25, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There is one space left for this event

With Deanna Figueira

Preserved lemon is an essential ingredient in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Learn how simply you can make your own preserved lemons and how it will change your flavors forever.

We will make Spicy Chickpeas w/Feta, Lemon Quinoa w/shaved Brussels Sprouts and Toasted Walnuts, Lemon/Mint Feta Dip, and taste Preserved Lemon Ice Cream (coconut milk).

Gluten Free and Vegetarian


  • July 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 6 spaces left for this event

With Deanna Figueira

Making flour tortillas is super simple and delicious, and after rolling out our tortillas, we’ll turn them into Chicken and Sweet Potato Enchiladas.  Also on our fiesta menu:  Spanish Rice, Lime Chile Cabbage Salad, and Cacao Almond Horchata.  And, finally, we’ll toast our delicious feast with a virgin, no-alcohol sangria.


  • July 29, 2017
    10:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • There are 4 spaces left for this event

with Genevieve Mack

Are you wondering what to do with all the garden abundance… or do you find yourself simply want to preserve your garden and pop open some summer berries to enjoy in the snowy winter season? Canning and Food Preservation is the key!  We will learn about safely canning high acid fruit s and low acid vegetables, using both the water bath method as well as pressure canning methods following the National Food Preservation Guidelines.  In addition to demonstrating a fruit preserve process and pickling vegetables, we will also discuss other options like canned pie fillings and homemade apple cider vinegar.   This is a must experience class for anyone who wants to learn country kitchen and homesteading skills that you can use for years to come.


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Class Information

BriarPatch Co-op Community Cooking School Mission

To empower and inspire people to make healthier food choices, as they experience a sense of connection and fellowship with others while learning about, cooking, and enjoying delicious, nutritious food.

About our classes

Come enjoy the friendly, informal atmosphere at our classes, where your questions are welcome. The cozy cottage holds just 10 or so around the big wooden table. Come ready to cook, as you may well be asked to roll up your sleeves and mince some garlic. Most often, you won’t leave hungry!

About our teachers

Class teachers are from our community, and they have a wide variety of cooking and teaching backgrounds. From passionate home cooks sharing their secrets for the first time, to professional chefs and bakers, to local food entrepreneurs, each offers something unique. By generously sharing their expertise, they are the heart of keeping down the cost of the Co-op Cooking Classes. (Note: Teachers' views on diet and health do not necessarily represent BriarPatch Co-op.)


All classes are held at the BriarPatch
Co-op Community Cooking School,
at 648 Zion St. in Nevada City.

Is dinner provided in the class?

In most classes the group will share the food that is prepared. However, the quantity of food available and the eating time varies, so we recommend you consider eating something before the class to satisfy your own appetite.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel or reschedule your class up to 24 hours ahead of time by sending an email to Hilary. Please let us know the date and class title, and whether you wish to receive a makeup for a future class or a refund. If it is past the 24-hour mark and you find that you cannot attend, you will still receive the class recipes but your tuition/option to reschedule will be forfeit. Please note: You may always send someone in your place!

Cooking Class Proposals

Do you have a cooking specialty that you'd like to share with a small, friendly group? We're always looking for interesting new cooking classes and teachers, and would love to consider your class idea. We provide the ingredients, a small stipend, and help with cleanup. Fill out a Class Proposal Worksheet and email to Hilary.

Class Proposal Due Dates:

September 1 – November classes
October 1 – Dec. and Jan. classes
December 1 – Feb. and March classes
February 1 – April and May classes
April 1 – June and July classes
June 1 – Aug. and Sept. classes
August 1 – October classes