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2012 West Michigan Culinary & Artisan Skill Series

2012 West Michigan Culinary & Artisan Skill Series

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This idea was a winner! Molly Clauhs was awarded $2,500 in November 2011

About Idea

The 2012 West Michigan Culinary Discovery Series is an exciting collection of classes and experiences to empower and educate local food lovers, home chefs, curious cooks, and homesteaders.

This ideas expands about The Silver Spork Food Truck’s (owned/operated by Molly) mission of serving fresh, local cuisine and supporting the West Michigan community.  It is an expansion to now organize year long programming to help us all be more self sufficient and able.

The series will feature our region’s experts on artisan skills and culinary technique. Classes will take place at Uptown Kitchen (in Eastown) or at a location specific to what we are learning.

Each month will feature three cooking classes:

-In the Kitchen with Molly (ex: Christmas cookies or Irish Country Cuisine)
These classes will feature a demonstration and include a three course meal and a packet of recipes.

-Artisan Skills (ex: home brewing)
beekeeping, soap making, artisan bread baking, cheese making… we’ll have a workshop with a local expert and learn how to employ these skills at our home

-Guest Chef Feature (ex: Rustin Italian Cuisine)
vegan/veg cooking, cupcakes, sustainable seafood, pies!

Throughout the year we will also enjoy:

-Culinary-focused bus trips to Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids & Chicago

-Informative Seminars (“Planning the garden and planting from seed”)

-Dinner Events (“Food as Art during ArtPrize”)

-DIY Workshops so you can be crafty too (block printing, sewing)

The entire series will be blogged about at


The impact is a more self sufficient community. More gardens, more cheese makers, inspired home cooks, and above all us, knowledge. West Michiganders are passionate about buying locally and pursuing a balanced lifestyle, but the region lacks educational resources.  The Culinary & Artisan Skills Series will fill the void by joining together the best teachers and small businesses to empower (and entertain) each other and the community members.

What I Will Do With $5,000

I wilI use the grant to design and print the 2012 class brochure to be distributed in local businesses.  The money will also be used for purchasing materials, making deposits on event space, and keeping the costs of the programming affordable for all.  The grant will enable free seminars throughout the year that cover topics such as cooking with grains and legumes, planning the garden and starting for seed, and antiquing in West Michigan.

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