RAWkolates – Raw Chocolate Class

February  4/2014

A night of chocolate decadence! In the funky kitchen of the BUZZ Coffee shop, we welcomed Vida to STIR Cooking School to teach us how to make the raw chocolates she is so famous for.

Vida uses only the finest, fair-trade cacao, followed by top-quality ingredients that end up as RAWkolates savoury and sweet delights. We  wine-paired the chocolates with light sweet whites, dark, rich reds, finishing off with blackberry dessert wine.

Participants helped Vida temper the chocolate and chose molds to pour their creations into. Additions of chopped almonds, goji berries and coconut personalized their delicious goodies that many were hoping but not optimistic, would last for Valentines day! Thanks to Vida for an amazing class.

You can check out RAWkolates at your local farmers market.


Vegetarian Soups and Stews

January 29/2014

This heart and soul warming class featured three amazing soups/stews that can be enjoyed as a main course for a hungry family or used as sauces or bases for other dishes.

We made Coconut Miso Cauliflower, Mediterranean Multi-Bean and West African Peanut Soup.  The group rolled up their sleeves and dove into chopping, sautéing and pureeing. Before long the kitchen was filled with the most delicious smells and tummys were rumbling as bubbling pots of soup were carefully stirred.

Laughter and stories of favourite soup recipes filled the air as the hard working group finally sat down to taste the steaming bowls of goodness. We tried the peanut soup as a sauce on faro with cilantro and avocado. Participants learned about miso, a fermented soybean paste, and its many applications .We also learned how to make a tasty Marathon Vegetable Stock you can make in your slow cooker, so simple and handy! Satisfied and tired, everyone filled up their containers and packed up their three soups to take home to their families.

STIR Cooking School

STIR Cooking School wants to invite you to “stir up your kitchen” with healthy, creative classes for seasoned cooks and rookies.

We believe cooking is a vital skill connecting people to their food sources and each other.

Through hands on classes and demos you will be inspired to get back in the kitchen and cook or expand your existing repertoire.

The cooking classes at STIR will all be based on whole, healthy food.  We want to educate and inspire all levels of cooks to prepare their own meals and snacks to improve their health as well as foster connections within their families and the community.

Cooking Classes:STIR_BlackBean-7319

  • Vegetarian
  • Kids and Teen Classes
  • Guest Chef Demos
  • Large Batch Cooking
  • Ethnic Classes
  • and more…

Join us soon for a culinary adventure!

Kids Cooking Class – Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Kids Cooking Class Breakfast in Bed for Mom Thursday, May 8, 3-5pm Costin Hall, Lantzville

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this hands-on class will teach the kids how to independently create a healthy and fun menu just for mom.  This class is nut-free.

On the Menu:

Multigrain Pancake Mix (to take home)

Creative Granola

Fruity Chia Jam

Mini Frittatas

For kids in grades 5-7 (Age 9-12).

Class Cost:  $45/child

Register for this class.


Curry in a Hurry

Curry in a Hurry
Wednesday, November 19, 10am-1pm
Costin Hall, Lantzville

Back by popular demand: batch cooking!
Get ready to top up your freezer with your own
homemade curry paste and future meals for your family.

As well as enjoying your culinary creations in class, you will take home:
Master Curry Paste
2 Delicious Main courses for four

Class Cost:  $85/person
*vegetarian *gluten-free