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Friday, June 1

Member: $72;
Nonmember: $90;

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978.356.5728 x4118

Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich, MA

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Farm-to-Kitchen Cooking Class: Spring in Provence with Saltbox Farm

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3 Trustees properties - Powisset Farm, The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, and Appleton Farm are proud to partner with Saltbox Farm in Concord, Mass to bring you the ultimate seasonal and local cooking class celebrating fall and local farms! This hands-on cooking class will be led by Chef Ben Elliot, Chef, Farmer and Owner of Saltbox Farm and Saltbox Kitchen and Chef Aaron Furmanek, Head Cooking Instructor at The Cooking School at Saltbox Farm. The Saltbox approach to cooking features refined, yet simple menus driven by the seasons, rooted in French technique, and dedicated to preserving culinary traditions while featuring homegrown and locally procured ingredients.

Chef Ben and Chef Aaron's recipes will awaken your senses and introduce you to both savory and sweet crepes using local and seasonal ingredients. The majority of ingredients for the class will be straight from Powisset Farm, Saltbox Farm in Concord, and the Boston Public Market, proving you can buy local, cook local, and still achieve gourmet flavors.

Buy tickets for any of the three classes through Eventbrite HERE. PLEASE NOTE - these classes take place at three different locations. 

Menu | April 13 at The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market:

  • Braised Escarole butter, lemon juice, mint
  • Coque au Vin white wine, butterball potatoes, fresh herbs
  • Shaved Chocolate Semifreddo chocolate sauce

Menu | May 18 at Powisset Farms:

  • Shaved Asparagus Salad: arugula, radish, ginger and lime vinaigrette
  • Marinated Flank Steak: braised leeks & mushrooms, chimmichuri, seasoned butter
  • Strawberry Shortcake: fresh strawberries, whipped cream, mint

Menu | June 1 at Appleton Farms:

  • Warm Potato Salad sherry vinegar, broccoli rabe, braised red onion
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin citrus marinade, cilantro, mint, greek yogurt
  • Cherry Clafoutis whipped cream

Menus may change slightly depending on seasonal availiblity of ingredients. Each course will be paired with a tasting of local wine and/or beer.

About Saltbox Farm and Saltbox Kitchen

Located on a picturesque 10-acre property in historic Concord, MA, Saltbox Farm is owned by Chef Ben Elliott and is the soul of all of the Saltbox businesses, including Saltbox Kitchen, a café, brewery and catering company in nearby West Concord. Prior to focusing on Saltbox, Ben was a professional chef for almost 20 years, most recently working for Barbara Lynch as Chef de Cuisine at No.9 Park. In 2004, Ben and his wife Julia moved to Saltbox Farm to raise their family and to restore the farm that his grandparents built in the 1940s. On the farm, the team grows a wide variety of vegetables, raises sheep, keeps chickens for eggs and keeps bees for honey. They have recently planted a small orchard that includes apples, peaches, pears and cherries, as well as a newly-planted hop yard to supply fresh hops for the brewery at Saltbox Kitchen. Saltbox Farm also has an annual CSA program and a small farmstand during the growing season.

Three years ago, Ben and his team began offering cooking classes at Saltbox Farm. The Cooking School at Saltbox Farm offers a unique opportunity for home cooks and food enthusiasts to get hands-on instruction with professional chefs and to learn new techniques and recipes that they can use at home.

Saltbox Kitchen, located in West Concord, is a café and microbrewery that provides Ben and his team the opportunity to share their passion for simple, clean food and beers brewed using ingredients from Saltbox Farm. Open 6 days a week, Saltbox Kitchen offers seasonal, globally-inspired dishes featuring fresh produce from Saltbox Farm. Saltbox Kitchen is also home to Chef Ben’s award-winning catering and private events business specializing in farm-inspired, globally influenced dishes for weddings, passed hors d’oeuvres cocktail parties (both large and small), multi-course plated dinner parties, corporate events, private cooking classes and even pig roasts.


This event is part of the Appleton Cooks! program. For more information about Appleton Cooks! and similar events please click here.

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