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.

  • January 16, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 7 spaces left for this event

With John of Heartical Foods

Winter is a great time to warm up the house with delicious baked dishes! Utilizing the three sisters: corn, beans, and squash, we will make a delightful Polenta Pie Crust and also prepare a bed of corn chips to hold our delicious blend of toppings. Slow cooked beans poured into a hot pan of sautéed corn, olives, garlic, and squash, simmered with sweet tomato sauce will make the perfect topping. Topped with cheese (dairy and vegan), sliced squash, sweet peppers, and pumpkin seeds for a little crunch. And what nachos would be complete without a little salsa or hot sauce? We will make a small simple batch of Roasted Chili Sauce for the spice lovers out there. These pies and nachos make a hearty, delicious meal best to enjoy around a fire with good friends and family. Vegetarian with vegan option, gluten-free and cane sugar free.

  • January 17, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With John of Heartical Foods

Have you been avoiding your desserts this holiday season? Fret no more. Come get your slice of the pie! We will be making some very delicious and nutritious Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pies, using only the most wholesome ingredients. These pies are like a meal in themselves! Sweetened with pure maple syrup and/or coconut sugar, we can leave cane sugar on the shelf. Leaving out the wheat flour gives some more nutritious flours a chance to hold your pie filling. Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and fresh ground nutmeg will sing together in full harmony as they blend with the gooey winter squash and sweet potato … Now what slice of pie would be complete without a tall glass of milk? Of course we will have to make up a fresh batch of hazelnut milk. Now you can have your pie and eat it too. Vegan, gluten-free and cane sugar free.

  • January 19, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 6 spaces left for this event

With John of Heartical Foods

Who doesn’t love Pad Thai? We don’t want to know. Many people find their Pad Thai at local restaurants, but restaurants are not always open. Contrary to popular belief it is not too hard to make your own delicious Pad Thai at home, if you simply prepare yourself with some key ingredients. Together, we will make a large steaming wok full of delicious Pad Thai using rice noodles, garlic, tamarind, coconut sugar, kefir lime, ginger, veggies, tofu, and more. Come to this class and you will be able to find Pad Thai 24-hours a day. Vegan, gluten-free and cane sugar free.

  • January 20, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With John of Heartical Foods

Do you love delicious cookies? Do you find yourself avoiding them because of the not-so-healthy ingredients they sometimes contain? Well then, this class is for you! In this course we will be making moist delicious Superfood Cookies utilizing some healthy, nutritious, and delicious ingredients from nature’s bounty.  Sweetening our cookies with maple syrup, coconut sugar, and mesquite flour, while utilizing highly nutritious teff flour, we will bind our cookies with nut butter and bake them to goooey perfection. A meal in a cookie! Now what cookie feast would be complete without a nice tall glass of milk? We will make a fresh batch of creamy Hemp/Flax Milk for dipping and sipping. Together, we will make a batch of cookies you will truly feel good about putting in your body, cookies that will make you feel good. Vegan, gluten-free and cane sugar free.

  • January 24, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 2 spaces left for this event

With Shauna Schultz, RD

Nourish your body and move toward new goals in the post-holiday season with simple and filling plant-based dishes. Yes, it’s possible – you can eat healthy all week with little effort! With a little meal planning, shopping and setting aside a day to cook and prep, the pressure of “what’s for dinner?” is lifted. You’ll learn how to utilize pantry staples, delicious dressings and sauces and a few key ingredients to make multiple meals that can be customized to please the whole family. Meals prepared in class include Beam Me Up Burrito bowl; Love Your Noodle (Asian noodles with peanut sauce); Peace Love and Happiness bowl (sweet potato, quinoa, kale, chickpeas); Curry Me Crazy bowl and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Vegan, gluten-free

  • January 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With Kim Allen-Jones

Are you tired of the same old chicken and beef recipes? Let’s stuff it! With just a little extra effort, you can take your favorite from boring to brilliant. We will make Herb-stuffed Cheese Chicken Breast wrapped in Prosciutto with Spinach and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Flank Steak with roasted red pepper sauce. Yum! Gluten-free.

  • January 28, 2017
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With Sarah Nelson

Like it or not, we all want a little sweet treat at some point or another. Rather than reaching for packaged sweets and desserts for your child, come learn how to make three incredibly simple and satisfying treats: Baked Banana Bliss, Morning Glory Muffins, and Grateful Granola. These recipes are big on taste and light on sugar. Vegetarian

Each ticket is good for one adult and one child.

  • January 30, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 8 spaces left for this event

With Mayumi Tavalero

This class will begin with a brief introduction to the Ketogenic Diet (low carb, high fat, and moderate protein), then move on to three delicious main dishes that will curb your desire for excess carbs and give you energy in the form of healthy fats. We will conclude with a question and answer discussion. Our menu will include: Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with meat sauce, Chicken Enchiladas with egg “tortillas,” Asian Chicken Wraps with spicy peanut sauce. Gluten-free.

  • January 31, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With Chef Lindsey McClerin

Learn how to take to your canine’s health to the next level. If your critter is experiencing aliments such as scratching, itching, runny eyes, IBS, acid reflux and indigestion, you will not want to miss this class. Most aliments start in the gut. Learn how to make your own pet food along with Shinto’s Pet Food Whole Food Supplement.

  • February 4, 2017
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • There are 10 spaces left for this event

With Mayumi Tavalero

Learn to cook this elegant dinner for your special someone. It’ll look like you spent all day in the kitchen (NOT!) Join us for this hands-on class that will include: Romaine Salad with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts; Chicken Saltimbocca (chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, and parmesan); Saffron Risotto; and Chocolate Mousse with Espresso. Gluten-free.


Class Calendar

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