Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 22, 2014

Food in Brief: 05/22/2014

Chinese cooking

TRAVERSE CITY — Chinese-American chef Candice Lee will teach an authentic Chinese cooking class in conjunction with the International Affairs Forum's China conference.

Lee lived in Beijing from 2006-2013, spending five years at Black Sesame Kitchen, a private kitchen and cooking school. She has appeared on MSNBC and Lonely Planet TV, and has written for Frommer's guide books.

The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7, at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Culinary Institute, 715 E. Front St. Lee will discuss different regional styles of Chinese cooking and her experiences living in Beijing. She also will share Chinese cooking techniques. Demonstrations include dumpling making and other traditional dishes.

The cost is $80 for China conference attendees; $100 for all others. For details or registration, visit or call 800-836-0717.

Food preservation

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will offer a 12-class series on food preservation.

The series opens June 4 with "The Mighty Asparagus," which will cover pickling. All classes will start at 10 a.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer and into the fall at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115. Each class is $20 and registration is required five days before each class.

A complete listing/brochure with a description of each class is available at For details, call 882-9510, email or visit the Grow Benzie website.

Maple Table 'pops up'

EAST JORDAN — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center will host a brunch at its "pop-up" restaurant The Maple Table.

The pancake and local food restaurant will offer a maple-themed brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31-June 1at the education center, 5745 N. M-66.

The event is a fundraiser for the center. Watch for the menu at For details, call 536-0333 or email

Dine out for BACN

BENZIE COUNTY — Diners can enjoy a meal out and help Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on June 3.

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