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Ring Bros. Marketplace said it will offer free beginner cooking classes starting July 17 for shoppers who would like to learn the fundamentals of cooking or brush up on basic cooking techniques in a relaxed setting.
Called “Cooking Skills 101,” the classes will be taught by general manager Don Fallon, a Culinary Institute of America trained chef, in the store’s cooking demonstration area. In lieu of a fee, donations will be accepted for the Harwich Food Pantry.
“We’ll concentrate on one facet of cooking with each class,” said Fallon. “This is a great way for someone who is inexperienced in the kitchen to learn skills that will make them a better cook. It will also give them knowledge of ingredients that are available in the marketplace.”
The first class will focus on basic knife skills. “Learning the proper way to use a knife is often overlooked by the home cook,” said Fallon. “We will go over everything from sharpening knives to how to hold your knife, as well as basic cuts.”
Sautéing and roasting are two other topics that will be covered this month. The series will continue through September with classes on stocks, sauces, potatoes, eggs, grilling, and chocolate.
South Dennis, Mass.-based Ring Bros.' format consists of six independently owned businesses in the store: Ring Bros. Markets, which specializes in fresh produce, dairy, and grocery products; Harney's Liquors, which provides one of the largest selections of wines, craft brews, and top shelf liquors on Cape Cod; Dark Horse Beef and Deli, offering all-natural beef, chicken, cheese, and deli products; Spinner's Pizza & Burrito, which prepares fresh gourmet pizzas, burritos, take-home meals, and homemade desserts; Chatham Fish & Lobster, with fresh fish, shellfish, and lobster; and Nata's Noodles, which, together with Montilio's Express, rounds out the marketplace with desserts, freshly made pasta, and prepared gourmet foods.