Fermentation Basics
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Fermentation Basics

Naturally formed, plant-based, probiotic-rich foods are a welcome addition to any diet. In a world where antibiotics find their way into our day-to-day lives in ways we can’t even fathom, any sort of probiotic help should be gratefully accepted with open arms.

From effervescent beverages like kombucha, jun and water kefir to live-culture condiments like kimchi, sauerkraut and curtido, long time fermentation advocate, Matthew Thompson, is familiar with and loves to make them all. Joined by Culinary Nutrition Expert, Alexis Macnab, this dynamic duo spills all their trials and tribulations, successful ventures and the odd epic failure of their adventures in fermentation.

Learn about the historical part fermented foods have played in a variety of cultures around the globe, the health benefits of implementing a tiny bit of fermented food in every meal and, how you can start doing all sorts of fermentation in your own kitchen with things you likely already have.

A variety of home fermented food and drink with be available for snacking and sampling!

Cost: $60.00/person

email: raisintheroot@gmail.com for more information or to sign up!

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"Meatless Mondays" & Vegan Substitutes
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

"Meatless Mondays" & Vegan Substitutes

Veganism is trendy. Vegan restaurants are popping up left, right and centre, social media influencers are touting the health & beauty benefits of a plant-based diet, and environmentalists will tell you that the #1 contribution a single individual can do to lighten their carbon footprint on the earth is to cut meat out of their diet.

But how do you do that when you’ve been raised with, and are used to a meat & dairy-centric diet? How do you bake cookies without egg? How can you have a cream sauce without milk? How do you fill up on just vegetables?

Join long-term, plant-based, Culinary Nutrition Expert Alexis Macnab and ask her all of your questions while enjoying some homemade, healthy and satisfyingly vegan snacks. Explore scientifically-backed reasons to cut down on meat & dairy intake to improve your own health and help heal the health of our planet. Discuss substitutions and alternatives for both baking and cooking, and go home with the ability to veganize ANY recipe you wish, without losing integrity of good taste.

Cost: $60.00/person

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Whole Food Fundamentals
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Whole Food Fundamentals

Are you interested in making delicious, nutrient-dense meals for you and your family but aren’t sure where to start? Do you want to support your health and the health of your loved ones with smart food choices, but find the grocery store overwhelming and simple can’t spend 2 hours in the kitchen every night?

Join Culinary Nutrition Expert, Alexis Macnab for an introduction into plant-based, wholesome eating and a crash course in smart food choices. During this 2 hour workshop we will discuss:

  • label dissection on packaged goods

  • eliminating unnecessary, extra ingredients from your meals

  • how to flavour ANYTHING with spices and herbs

  • deciphering cooking oils - which ones works best in different applications

  • the protein & calorie myths - how much protein do you really need and where does this concept come from? what is a calorie and are they all created equal?

In addition to enlightening conversation and intelligent discussion, we will go over simple tips to transition away from the traditional SAD food choices and return to a more wholesome, simple and nutrition-oriented diet. A light lunch is included.

Cost: $60.00/person

email: raisintheroot@gmail.com for more information or to sign up!

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Kombucha Basics - how to brew, how to flavour, health benefits
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Kombucha Basics - how to brew, how to flavour, health benefits

Although currently very popular and trendy in the health and wellness movement sweeping the globe, Kombucha is thought to have originated in Northeast Asia over 2000 years ago. This ancient, fermented tea is full of naturally occurring, gut-friendly probiotics which contribute to healthy gut flora and replenish depleted good bacterias. In a world where exposure to antibiotics is at all all-time high due to prescription drugs, altered water and corporate farming (both agriculture and livestock) everyone can benefit from home-brewed, plant-based, naturally formed probiotics.

During this workshop, you will sample kombucha in its two stages (1F - ‘raw’ kombucha and 2F flavoured kombucha) learn how to brew and flavour your own! We will demonstrate both stages, and you will leave with the tools necessary to start your own brew.

***please bring a glass or plastic container to carry home your SCOBY and starter liquid***

Cost: $40.00/person

email: raisintheroot@gmail.com for more information or to sign up!

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