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Food & Cooking

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

You don’t need a modern kitchen to cook delicious food. Join us for an afternoon of tea and working together to bake yummy, period-appropriate treats on the wood burning stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center. Recipes and all supplies provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older.



Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24


Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013


Gifts from the Herb Garden

Spend a fun morning crafting enchanting gifts to delight friends and family. Make and take home chocolate delights including delicious chocolate nut clusters and irresistible chocolate dipped candied ginger and orange peel. Learn how to make spicy/sweet cocktail nuts, a soothing lavender lip balm, a pressed-flower glass candle holder and pot up some narcissus for fragrant blooms. We ll have chai tea and scones to keep that creative juice going. Recipes and all materials included. Treat yourself!


Price: $59, $54 member


Instructor: Susan Evans


Jams and Jellies


In this class we will focus on making fruit preserves that we can use on our toast, ice cream, mixed in yogurt, and used to flavor cocktails. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.


Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee



Japanese Tea Ceremony

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.


The format of the class consists of four parts:

1) Guide the guests through the tea garden and teach them how to use the washbasin (tsukubai).

2) An introduction to the history and philosophy of tea ceremony.

3) Demonstration of the tea ceremony in the tea room.

4) Serve Japanese sweets (okashi) and tea to the guests. Some guests might volunteer to practice as guests. They will have to be able to sit in seiza (traditional formal way of sitting in Japan).


Price: $35, $30 members


Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 9:45 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.



Pickles and Chutney


In this hands-on cooking class we will focus on pickle and chutney making. We will review canning safety and techniques of boiling water bath canning, but this class is geared to those who have had some experience with waterbath canning. We will pickle some fruit, some vegetables, and also make chutneys we can use to dress up our barbeque’d meats or liven up a cheese plate. Each student will get at least 3 jars-of pickled vegetable, pickled fruit, and chutney.


Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee


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