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Ricotta and Gnocchi Making-July 26th

$ 75.00
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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2024 | 6:30 PM

with Laura Cochran and PattyJo Hinkel

Embark on a culinary journey of artisanal delight with our hands-on cooking class! Join Chef Laura as she guides you through the mesmerizing process of transforming simple milk into luscious ricotta cheese, right before your eyes. Next, Chef PattyJo will take the reins, demonstrating the art of crafting pillowy gnocchi using your freshly made ricotta, paired with a decadent, spring-inspired sauce with the vibrant flavors of seasonal peas and refreshing mint. Seize the opportunity to awaken your inner chef and treat yourself to an unforgettable culinary evening! Recipes will be included. Tickets are priced per person.

*All class ticket sales are final. No refunds or credit transfers to other classes are available.*


Chef Laura Cochran, Sweet Freedom Head Cheesemonger

Chef Laura grew up in Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas, earning a degree in French. After 10 years in collegiate administration, Laura pursued a long-held dream to attend culinary school, during which she began her career in cheese at Sweet Freedom Cheese. Graduating from Brightwater in 2020 with a degree in Food Studies and emphasis in Artisanal Foods, Laura holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, and ServSafe Food Manager and recently became a Certified Cheese Professional from the American Cheese Society. Her favorite part of the culinary world is learning about foods sourced and produced using old-world style techniques, particularly honey cultivation, bread making, and (of course) cheesemaking.

Chef PattyJo Hinkel, Sweet Freedom Director of Culinary Experience

Building on her experiences working in the food industry, Chef PattyJo moved from her home state of Wyoming to Arkansas in the fall of 2017 to attend Brightwater culinary school where she graduated with a triple-threat of degrees in Culinary, Artisanal Foods, and Pastry Arts in 2020. She holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, ServSafe Food Manager, and Specialty Coffee Association barista. PJ joined the team at Sweet Freedom Cheese in 2019 after completing her culinary internship and is the Director of Culinary Experience, leading the kitchen team in creating gorgeous cheese-focused dishes and show-stopping cheese & charcuterie boards.

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