Perennial Class Series

 Perennial Cocktails: Simple Syrup, Shrub & Bitters

Virtual Class: Saturday, April 23rd 2-3:30pm

Join Co-op staff member Liz Sands for our next cooking class, Perennial Cocktails: Simple Syrup, Shrub & Bitters! In the class, you will learn different methods to take your cocktails to the next level using homemade mixers featuring perennial herbs and plants. The menu includes:

 

  • Fennel simple syrup - a thick sweet liquid made by dissolving sugar in water used to sweeten drinks

  • Blackberry rosemary shrub - a concentrated syrup that combines fruit, sugar and vinegar

  • Lavender rose bitters - a concentrated blend of spices and dried herbs in an alcohol base

 

The class is free to attend, with the option of a $25 kit that includes all of the ingredients needed to make the mixers. Participants also have the option of adding a bottle of local Down East Wheat Vodka! Vodka is needed to make the bitters, as well as a cocktail featuring the fennel simple syrup that will be made during the class. If you do not wish to add the Down East vodka but plan on making the mixers, please make sure to have at least a cup of vodka for the bitters and 1 1/2 ounces for the cocktail. The shrub and bitters require time to sit, but cocktail recipes will be included for when they are ready!

 

Common Ground recently began carrying liquor products, and we are proud to feature Down East vodka made by Silver Tree Beer & Spirits in Paxton, IL! Silver Tree is run by the 3 Glazik brothers where they use wheat grown on their "Down East" fields on the 5th generation family farm, Cow Creek Farm. Silver Tree is dedicated to combating climate change through their sustainable farming practices that sequester two tons of carbon per acre, per year. This means that every one of their bottles offsets the carbon waste of a car driving four miles. Read more about Silver Tree!

 

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Asparagus Quiche with Hazelnut Crust

Virtual Class: Saturday, May 28th 2-3:30pm

Learn how to make a delicious asparagus quiche with local herbs and a homemade hazelnut crust that highlights special perennial crops that can be grown here in Illinois. Co-op staff member and local food educator, Sarah Buckman will share tips on how to make a unique savory crust, fluffy quiche, and stories about local farms and perennial foods.

 

The virtual Zoom class on Saturday, May 28 from 2-3:30pm is free to attend and class participants have the option to preorder a class kit to make during the class with the instructor. Preordered class kits can be picked up at the Co-op Friday, May 27 from 4-6pm. Funding for this class is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Illinois Specialty Crop Block Grant program, awarded to The Land Connection and in collaboration with Common Ground Food Co-op.

 

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Wild SodaVirtual Class: Saturday, June 18th 2-3:30pm

Registration coming soon

 

Funding for this class series is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Illinois Specialty Crop Block Grant program, awarded to The Land Connection and in collaboration with Common Ground Food Co-op.