From the Field to the Kitchen

Cooking Basics and Fundamentals

This class is located in Rancho Mission Viejo at Esencia Farm
79 Esencia Drive, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

This is an onsite class that teaches farm-to-kitchen techniques
and is for residents only.

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Course Details

6 Week Course
Tuesdays, April 14 to May 19
2:45 pm to 4:15 pm


This is a hands-on cooking class that explores different types of cuisines using the basic fundamentals of cooking! Lil’ Chefs will learn how to harvest various seasonal fruits and vegetables, clean them and learn how to apply them in a recipe.

Lil’ Chef School teaches children of all ages the joy of cooking in a kid-friendly and safe environment.  Each chef will learn the basics of cooking, while participating in the preparation of real recipes they get to taste at the end of each class.  Students also learn kitchen safety, etiquette, knife skills, math and science!

Our Menu is inspired by the available crops at Esencia Farm. Each week our Lil’ Chefs will learn about a crop with the Farmer, harvest it and then use it in a recipe with our Chef.

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Esencia Spring Farm Menu

Week 1 4/14 Chickpea Soup with Swiss Chard
Week 2 4/21 Apricot – Basil Chicken Salad
Week 3 4/28 Potato Cheese Soup
Week 4 5/05 Carrot Cupcake w/Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Week 5 5/12 Corn Fritters with Zucchini Salsa
Week 6 5/19 Strawberry Shortcake Cups

We will be using the following crops from Esencia Farm
Swiss chard, Potatoes, Strawberries, Carrots, Basil and Zucchini

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