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Upcoming Events: A Week in the Chicago Area

jars at chicago food swap

Hello Chicago area readers! I am headed your way very, very soon and want to make sure that you know about all the various events, demos, and book signings I’m going to be doing while in your fine region. Please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come say hi while I’m in town.

Oh, and books will be available for sale at all these events, so no need to get a copy ahead of time. That said, I am also always entirely happy to sign copies you already own, so make sure to bring those too!

Sunday, June 5
Chicago Botanic Garden! Canning demo and book signing in the Garden Kitchen Amphitheater. 10:30 a.m. Admission is free but seating is limited, so get there early!

Monday, June 6
Mundelein, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Fremont Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free.

Tuesday, June 7
Gurnee, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Warren-Newport Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free. Register here.

Wednesday, June 8
Lake Zurich, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Ela Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free.

Thursday, June 9
Northfield, IL! I’ll be speaking at a luncheon starting at 11:30 am to benefit Canning for Kids and The Ferrer Foundation. More details here. Buy your ticket here!
Chicago, IL! Later that evening, I’m teaming up with Local Foods and Read It and Eat from 6-7:30 pm for canning demo and book signing. This event is free, but we ask that you sign up in advance.

Friday, June 10
Chicago, IL! Canning demo and book signing at The Chopping Block’s Merchandise Mart location. 5:30-6:30 pm. Free.

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Jam & Tea at Valley Forge Flowers with WHYY

spring flowers

On Sunday, May 8, I’m teaming up with WHYY and Valley Forge Flowers for a special canning demo and book signing. There will be tea, jam, and the chance to watch me make jam from a comfortable seat. Tickets are still available for this event and they cost $35 for WHYY members, and $42 for non-members (that price includes a copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars).

If you’re looking for something special to do with your mom or other favorite maternal person, this event is for you, because May 8 just happens to be Mother’s Day. However, the program is not Mother’s Day specific, so please come even if you don’t have a mother to fete.

The event is from 4-6 pm and tickets can be obtained here.

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Preserving the Edible Bounty at the Omega Institute

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Most of the time, when I teach canning and preserving classes, they last no more than two or three hours. Occasionally though, I offer longer, more intense workshops in order to give people a chance to dig deeply and really get hands on with the preserving experience.

I’m teaching one of these weekend-long workshops this June at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. It starts on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, June 26. We’ll make between 10 and 12 different products and will make sure to touch on a variety of skills, including jam making, pickling, fermenting, drying, pressure canning, hot packed fruit pieces, natural sweeteners, and more.

For information, or to register for the workshop, click here.

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Upcoming Events: May Classes, Demos and More!

jars on shelves

After all that travel in April, I made the choice to stay closer to home for the month of May. You’ll find me throughout the Philadelphia region for a number of classes and free demos. There will be samples for tasting and books available for sale at all of these events. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

Thursday, April 28 (Reading, PA!)
Join me for a canning demonstration and book signing at the Exeter Community Library. 6 pm. Free.

Monday, May 2 (Mullica Hill, NJ)
I’m doing a canning demo and book signing at the Mullica Hill branch of the Gloucester County Library system. 7 pm. Free. Sign up here.

Thursday, May 5 (Broomall, PA)
I’ll be at the Marple Public Library, offering up a canning demonstration. There will be a brief book signing to follow. 6:30 pm. Free.

Sunday, May 8 (Wayne, PA)
This is the special Mother’s Day demonstration and book signing (mentioned above) at Valley Forge Flowers that’s being presented in partnership with WHYY. 4-6 pm. Details and tickets here.

Tuesday, May 10 (Horsham, PA)
You’ll find me at the Horsham Township Library at 7 pm, showing you how to make jam with natural sweeteners. There will be a brief book signing to follow. Sign up here!

Thursday, May 19 (Easton, PA)
I’ll be at the brand new Easton Public Market, teaching a hands on canning and preserving class. We’ll make a batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam from start to finish and all participants will go home with a small jar of jam. 7-9 pm. $45. Register here.

Saturday, May 21 (Hanover Township, PA) You’ll find me at Dundee Gardens, offering a demo-style canning class. I’ll show you how to make a batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam, and will get you ready to go home and make a batch yourself! 11 am. More info and registration.

Tuesday, May 24 (Franklin Township, NJ)
Find me at Franklin Township Library at 6:30 pm, for a canning demonstration and book signing.

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Seattle Area Events for Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

pantry at delancey

These events make up the last leg of my west coast book tour. Both the classes at Lepp Farm Market and The Pantry are wait list only, but there’s still plenty of space available for my Book Larder event. Hope to see you guys there!

Monday, April 18 (Abbotsford, BC)
Next, a leap to the north. I’ll be teaching a canning class at Lepp Farm Market (33955 Clayburn Road) from 7 to 9:30 pm. This class costs $77 (which includes a copy of the book) and you can register here.

Tuesday, April 19 (Seattle)
I’m returning to The Pantry at Delancey (1417 NW 70th Street) for a canning class focused on natural sweeteners. We’ll make four recipes from the book, and everyone will go home with a jar or two of freshly made preserves. The class is from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and costs $85.Register here.

Wednesday, April 20 (Seattle)
I’ll be at the Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave. N) in Seattle from 6:30-8 pm demonstrating a half batch of the strawberry cocoa jam from the new the book and signing as many copies as I can. The event is free, but they ask that you RSVP using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Oregon Events for Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

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For those of you in Portland, Beaverton, or Eugene, here are all my upcoming book events in a nice, neat blog post. Please join me!

Friday, April 15 (SW Portland)
Come out for a demo-style class at The Cakery (6306 SW Capitol Highway), from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The $30 cost of the event includes a copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars. Sign up by calling 503-546-3737.

Saturday, April 16 (Beaverton)
You’ll find me at the Beaverton Farmers Market (12375 SW 5th Street) from 10 am to 1 pm. I’ll be demoing continually and will have books on hand for sale and signature.

Saturday, April 16 (SE Portland)
Later that same day, join me for a hands-on natural sweeteners canning class at Portland Homestead Supply from 3-5 pm. The class costs $45 and you can register here.

Sunday, April 17 (Eugene)
At 11 am, you’ll find me at Down to Earth’s Olive Street (532 Olive Street) location for a canning demo and book signing. It’s a free event and a good time will be had by all.

Sunday, April 17 (Portland)
That evening at 7:30 pm, I’ll be at the main location of Powell’s Books (it’s something of a dream come true), having a conversation with fellow food writer Ivy Manning. There will be a book signing to follow. More details here.

 

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