Oxford launches variety of food classes

lifestyle_foodBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – EatingOxford.com, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Oxford Park Commission are combining efforts to offer monthly food classes.

“I talk to so many people in the food industry, and I didn’t think that the classes offered in Oxford were what most people wanted,” said Liz Barrett. “Too many were attuned to students at Ole Miss or were really expensive. We thought, ‘Why not do something that’s less expensive and more varied – like juicing, flatbreads, beverages and so on?’”

Registration is closed for the first class, “Juicing for Health and Energy,” led by Melody Sharp, owner of Oxford-based Living Foods (formerly Local Flavor), but seats are available for sessions through the end of the year. Tickets are available at eatingoxford.brownpapertickets.com, and ticket sales will cease two days before each class.

July’s class will be “Southern Foods Done Light” with Tim Woodard of Little Easy Catering.

“It’s all your favorite Southern dishes done in a lighter way,” Barrett said. Sunny Young of Good Food for Oxford Schools will host the August session at Oxford City Market.

“She’s going to be doing a kids-and-parents shopping and cooking class,” Barrett said. “It’ll be a chance for kids to learn about real food and how to prepare it to be delicious.”

September’s offering will be “Holiday Flaming Desserts” with Chef Roland Schnider at Locals, while in October, Chef Lee Craven of Tu Country Catering will lead a session on flatbreads.

In November, Michelle Rounsaville of My Michelle’s Catering will teach couples how to prepare freezer dinners ahead of time so they can spend more time with each other.

“They’ll have a date night where they’ll get to dine … and then they’ll make a meal to be put in the freezer for later,” Barrett said.

“Know Your Champagnes” will be the focus of a December session at The Wine Bar.

Barrett said classes will be priced from $25 to $45 per person, depending on the cost of foods and beverages included.Email liz@eatingoxford.com for details.

errol.castens@journalinc.com