Southern Cooking Class & Meal Kit

Learn how to make a traditional Southern meal highlighting local and seasonal ingredients with trained chef and local farmer, Ann Swanson of Hendrick House. Ann will share recipes inspired by her time spent cooking in high-end restaurants in Charleston, SC. The menu includes:

  • Southern Potlikker Stew with brothy stewed greens, local turnips, onion, and garlic
  • Pan-seared Local Pork Chops with thyme, butter, and hot sauce cream
  • Braised Local Wheatberries with roasted local butternut squash

Register below and preorder your meal kit to pick up on Friday, December 9th from 4-6pm in the Common Ground Flatlander Classroom. The $40 meal kit serves 2-3 people and a vegan option is available. Tune in for the virtual Zoom live cooking class on Saturday, December 10th from 3-5pm and cook the dishes in your kitchen using the preportioned ingredients from your kit. Once you submit the preorder form, you will be directed to PayPal to complete your payment. You will receive email reminders about the upcoming pick up date and a link to the Zoom class.


Class kits are not available for pick up outside of the designated pick-up times. Any orders that are not paid for with your class registration will not be guaranteed. Questions? Email:


About the Instructor: Ann Swanson


Ann Swanson built and manages a 10-acre vegetable farm for a foodservice company called Hendrick House, located in Champaign, Illinois. She is a trained chef and after leaving high end restaurants in 2011, Ann wanted to bring a farm to table concept to a forgotten segment of the food industry, institutional food service. She has spent the last ten years training and educating food service workers and the community on locally sourced food, creating and executing educational programs for Hendrick House employees, community youth workshops and also created a fully illustrated book to guide the community on how to handle, store and prepare fresh vegetables.


She has partnered with Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation to build a teaching farm and is passionate about getting local food into the community through institutions. Ann helps purchase local food for the Mobile Food Market in Champaign, Urbana, which is a free market to low-income communities, she also does marketing and consulting work for local farms, cooking videos for the Urbana Park District, and has done Kid’s Kit videos through The Land Connection, which can be found at the Saturday Farmer’s Markets. Ann founded Allerton’s annual Forest to Mansion Dinner with Nate Beccue, Allerton’s Natural Area’s Manager, featuring a menu created around spring foraged ingredients in the park. Ann is a participant in SARE and formally sat on the NRCS Farm Rancher Review Committee for three years. She is also active with Illinois Stewardship Alliance working on farmer legislation.