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Culinary Workshop Descriptions

CSNN Calgary is happy to offer the Holistic Culinary Certificate via Zoom. Workshops will be on Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00pm MST, starting January 17, 2023.

These holistic food preparation and tasting classes teach basic cooking skills and techniques. Learn to apply them to foods like grains, legumes, greens, bone broths, and fermented foods. These classes have something to offer everyone, from beginners to more experience chefs. Students walk away with an enriched skill set in holistic cooking and how it benefits overall health.

Kitchen Culture and Knife Skills

Learn the essentials of food safety, how to maintain a clean and organized kitchen, and the proper temperatures for cooking, cooling, storing, and reheating food. Basic knife skills will be demonstrated and practiced as students prepare a basic vegetable stock and garnishes. Learn tips for working efficiently and effectively along with the use of many standard tools and equipment found in a working kitchen.

Ancient Grains and Legumes

You are introduced to a variety of grains and legumes and their nutritional benefits with a focus on optimal preparation with techniques such as soaking, sprouting, and fermenting of beans, nuts, grains, and seeds. You’ll be able to visually identify and name nutritional properties of a variety of ancient grains and legumes. Learn how to prepare them for optimal digestibility and gain confidence to expand the variety of your diet. A variety of dishes will be demonstrated and prepared.

Raw Food Fundamentals

This is a boot camp approach to the fundamental techniques used in raw food preparation as well as a discussion of the theory and nutritional pros and cons of this dietary paradigm. Hands-on practice will cover sprouting, dehydrating, juicing, raw “pasta”, nut milks, seed cheeses, and more to get you familiar with the products, tools, and recipes of raw cuisine.

Probiotic-rich Fermented Foods & Beverages

Welcome to the world of pickled, fermented vegetables and fizzy, live culture kombucha beverages. Learn how to make and incorporate probiotic and enzyme-rich foods and beverages into the diet. Learn the importance of probiotic foods in the diet for digestive and immune health as well as food traditions and importance of fermented and cultured foods in traditional diets compared to modern diets. This class also introduces quality salt and the functions of salt in the diet. Make sauerkraut through hands-on preparation. The class also includes demonstrations and tasting of kimchi and kombucha.

Meal Planning and Practical Food Preparation for Busy Lives

This is the class for all you busy bees! Gain tools and insight on how to plan for and execute a successful week of healthy eating to incorporate personal tastes and healthy foods while considering time and budget. This class provides a template for creating meal plans for yourself and for case study (volunteer) clients. Make dishes which keep well in the fridge, are versatile, and can be batch-cooked and frozen. There will also be an interactive discussion of the benefits and limitations of eating locally and seasonally.

Cooking for Kids

Picky eaters, allergies, food sensitivities – no problem! Learn how to create kid-friendly meals void of the most common allergens and sensitivities. Create meals that are appealing for kids, easy to prepare, lunch box friendly, and also great for the whole family. Learn about foods that can help with hyperactivity, concentration, sleep, and behavioural issues.

Eating for Sports and Performance

Athletes often require additional nutrients, calories, and protein to maintain muscle and performance. Learn how to create nutrient-balanced pre- and post-workout smoothies, homemade electrolyte drinks, and energy bars. Addressing the specific needs of people who need to adapt their diets for strength and performance will be applied to main meal preparation as well. A discussion on the specific dietary approaches to support both strength athletes and endurance athletes will be discussed.

Alternative Baking and Raw Sweets

Satisfy a sweet tooth with healthier alternatives and substitutions for commonly allergenic and trigger foods. The variety of sweet made can accommodate grain-free, raw, and vegan diets and even incorporates superfoods such as goji berries, maca, and raw cacao. See how to create a creamy texture without dairy and eggs. Nutrition information will be provided on a variety of natural sweeteners and how to use them in baking and raw desserts.

Balancing Broths, Elixirs & Teas

Learn how to make traditional bone broths to create a foundation for soups, stews, and sauces. Bone broths and vegetable broths are compared in preparation and nutrition qualities as students learn how to create delicious soups and stews using a versatile “recipe skeleton”. Beyond just how-to, learn the restorative benefits of bone broth and how to apply them to GAPS, paleo-type diets, and other health-giving protocols. Ethical sourcing of bones and animal products will be discussed and a local resource listing for finding quality meat and bones will be provided.

International Cuisines

Discover how geography and climate have influenced the world’s major cuisines by providing not only different key ingredients, but also the herbs and spices which define their flavor profiles. Different cultures have developed cooking techniques and all have their inherent nutritional logic. Recipes selected to provide templates to prepare Indian, Mediterranean, or Southeast Asian dishes.

Eating Plants from Land and Sea

Kitchen techniques will be introduced as well as how to identify, prepare, and cook a wide variety of plants that are cultivated, foraged, and wild-harvested. Learn how to properly caramelize onions, braise hardy greens, roast root vegetables, sauté, and steam as the class prepares a plant-based feast.

Instructor Bio

Barb Sheldon, MA, C.H.N.C.

Classes are taught by Barb Sheldon, who is a professional speaker, holistic nutrition and culinary educator, and author. For the past fifteen years, Barb’s brand of nutrition and culinary education has reached audiences all over the world as she insights and inspires crowds to pick up a knife and get back in their kitchen cooking and eating real, whole, locally grown food. Whether she is in the kitchen demonstrating culinary techniques or in front of thousands teaching about the benefits of whole foods, Barb’s focus is always on one main topic – food literacy. Barb believes that learning how to grow, prepare, and nourish the body with whole foods are life skills that, like reading, every person needs to know to survive and thrive. From children to CEO’s, everyone benefits from Barb’s ability to connect people to their food and show that cooking truly is the key to health.

Barb achieved her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies where her Graduate work researched the connection between effective food literacy programming and minority youth populations. Barb has instructed formally at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and has a private nutrition and culinary education and coaching practice for 15 years. 

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720 – 28th Street NE, Unit 220
Calgary, AB
T2A 6R3

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