UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES & EVENTS

We have wonderful classes lined up for the month of February! Register online via the ticket links below or sign up in person with our staff at the registers. All classes and events are located in the Flatlander Classroom at Common Ground, 300 S. Broadway Avenue in the Lincoln Square Mall.
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Lotion making with Old Town Flowers
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by local herb and flower farmer, Joan of Old Town Flowers
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Most body care products contain preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, and even the products labeled “natural” can contain ingredients that aren’t good for our bodies. Learn the basics of lotion making with local herbal farmer, Joan of Old Town Flowers. This special recipe uses natural and easy to find ingredients and is the perfect moisturizer for winter skin. Students will get to take home a jar of lotion as well as instructions for making lotion at home.
Sat, Feb 1, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Indian Flavors: Malai Kofta
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op Owner & Teacher, Sirisha
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Learn how to make delicious Malai Kofta with amazing cook, Sirisha!

Malai kofta is a decadent curry with rich and creamy koftas (fried dumplings) served with an equally creamy onion tomato and nut based gravy. It is one of the most popular vegetarian dishes ordered in Indian restaurants. This class teaches the basics of making the classic curry along with tips on making different koftas that go well with the gravy.
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Home Brewing Kombucha: The Basics
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op Teacher, Shasta
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Kombucha home brewer, former co-op staff, Shasta, will share her process for DIY kombucha. This class will cover basic principles of home brewing. Best of all, every class participant can leave class with their own scoby to start their own kombucha.
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Decadent Valentine's Dinner
Common Ground Food Co-operative, Urbana
$40/person; includes 4 course meal & glasses of paired wine

Join us for a decadent candlelit date night on Valentine's Day with a four course dinner and wine! Scott, accomplished home cook, and Nancy, wine expert are back with a delicious meal planned featuring local ingredients from Triple S Farms.

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Starter:
Fresh Cut Seasonal Vegetables w/ Dip paired with Tozai Plum Spritzer (plum wine with Prosecco)

Pasta Course:
Bucatini with Roasted Tomato Sauce paired with 2015 Marco Donati Situla Rosso

Entree:
Local Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce & Roasted Vegetables paired with 2015 Tenuta La Ferraia Gutternio Classico Superior

Dessert:
Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze, Garnished with Whipped Cream and Berries paired with Malvira "Birbet" Brachetto Frizzante

Event will be held in our intimate Flatlander Classroom. Limited seats available, reserve your spot today.
Sat, Feb 22, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Acupuncture + Community
Common Ground Food Co-operative, Urbana
Led by Co-op Owner & Licensed Acupuncturist, James Lorr
$10/person
Join us to learn from James Lorr, one of our experts and licensed acupuncturist, as he teaches the history of acupuncture, the basics of different acupuncture styles, treatments, and how the efforts to make acupuncture more accessible to more people became a cooperative movement.

You will also be invited on a mini-field trip (1 minute walk) to tour Urbana Acupuncture's community room within Lincoln Square Mall.
Wed, Feb 26, 2020 5:30 PM CST
Cooking Healthy on a Budget: Citrus
Common Ground Food Co-operative, Urbana
Led by Co-op staff and Co-op teacher, Sarah
FREE; registration required

Join us for our next Cooking Healthy on a Budget class featuring Citrus! This free class is hands-on and interactive. Join us for our next Cooking Healthy on a Budget class featuring Orange Chicken, citrus salad dressings, and lemon roasted potatoes! We will cover simple knife skills, cooking techniques, the history of citrus and its many varieties, and the class will include tastes of all dishes we make.
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Ethiopian Flavors: Vegan Lentil Stew
Common Ground Food Co-operative, Urbana
Led by Co-op Owner & Co-op Teacher, Tesfaye
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Join Tesfaye Wolde-Medhin as he shares the cuisine and culture of his birthland. You'll learn how to make traditional Ethiopian lentil stew and greens; they will be served with some of Tesfaye's famous injera! All the recipes are vegan, too!