“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
After 21 long years of cooking in a kitchen the size of a small walk-in closet, I am now standing on the precipice of a major house and kitchen remodel. I hope to finally have the kitchen I’ve longed for since I was in my twenties. Yet, as I look back, I’ve cooked a lot of amazing food in that tiny kitchen, and some pretty small kitchens before that. More importantly, I’ve shared that food and good cheer with a lot of amazing friends and family. As awkward as it was preparing daily meals and grand feasts in close quarters, it was certainly worth the effort. Nothing brings folks together like food. I will love to have a beautiful new kitchen, but my small kitchen has taught me that it’s the people your good food brings together that’s truly important.
Our kitchen at BSC isn’t very large, but over the past 13½ years an incredible amount of culinary delights have been produced there! This spring quarter will be no exception. We’re offering classes that represent at least 10 different countries, we have 12 hands-on classes for children and adults, 2 classes with local treasure Xinh Dwelley, 3 classes with downtown Olympia food establishments, and one very special tour. All of this, and I’m just scratching the surface here!
The BSC tour this spring is called the South Sound Artisan Food and Wine Tour with Christine Ciancetta, and it focuses on our local produce, animal products, wine and spirits. We’ve never done anything like it and I can hardly wait!
Springtime can be a busy time. One of my new year’s resolutions was to try and have guests over for dinner more often. I know that many of you are like me and feel that cooking good food is a gift we can give to others. What a lovely pursuit!
Hope to see you soon, upstairs in the BSC kitchen!
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