ATHENS: (706)354-8191
CLAYTON: (706)782-0780

USA - ATHENS, PO Box 48857, ATHENS, GA 30604

USA - CLAYTON, 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, GA 30525

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Address: 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, GA, 30525

Phone: 706-782-0780


Beyond providing fresh and nutritious food to the needy, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia wants to empower people to make healthy choices and learn new skills.

Our Teaching Kitchen programs are open to the public and include hands-on cooking classes, nutrition lessons, chef demonstrations, farmer’s market activities, and farm-to-table dinners. Proceeds from ticketed classes and events support the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

We also offer free nutrition and cooking classes available to eligible residents of Rabun, Towns, Habersham, Stephens, and White Counties. Call us today to find out how you can qualify for our free cooking classes! Phone: (706) 782-0780

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Tuesday, October 16: Medicine in the Kitchen: Everything You Need to Know about Turmeric & Ginger

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Cost: $30

Turmeric and ginger, two of nature’s most powerful ancient healers, have been used as foods and medicines for thousands of years. Find out why you should know how to incorporate both into your kitchen, and your garden. Herbalist and cook, Patricia Kyritsi Howell explains their health benefits and shows you the basics of how to buy, store and cook with turmeric and ginger. And organic farmers, Karen Hurturbise and John Clarke of Qualla Berry Farm, inspire you to grow both in your garden. Recipes and lots of tips along with tastings included.

Wednesday, October 17: SOLD OUT!! Fortify Local Food Dinner Pop-Up!

Cost: $40 per person

Time: Starting at 6:30pm

Chef Jamie Allred is taking his last local food dinner of the year on the road...and into our Teaching Kitchen! Join us for a delicious coursed and family-style meal including your choice of red or white wine provided by Stonewall Creek Vineyards and Noble Wine Cellar or a cocktail created by Carlton Chamblin of Farm 2 Cocktail. 100% of the proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the Teaching Kitchen to start a Local Food Fund to help buy farm fresh local food for upcoming cooking classes. You will need to buy tickets for this event in advance. Tickets are available online here - make your selection from the drop down payment box - or visit Fortify Kitchen + Bar on Main Street to purchase tickets in person. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions in advance or we may not be able to accommodate you. We look forward to serving you!

Contact Cara-Lee for all inquiries:

Phone: 706-782-0780


Saturday, October 20: Bee Smart, Eat Smart FREE Family Cooking Class

Time: 12pm-3pm


The UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia will be hosting a FREE parent-child cooking class. Join us in the kitchen for some fun for the whole family. Moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles - all are welcome! Together we will make eggplant pizza, kale pesto pasta, and mini carrot cupcakes using ingredients fresh from the garden and local farms. Participants will also receive fun door prizes. RSVP is required as space is limited.

Contact Cara-Lee to sign up:

Phone: 706-782-0780


Saturday, November 3: Medicine in the Kitchen: Fabulous Fire Cider!

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Cost: $30

Come learn how to make fiery fire cider to help ward off cold and flu. Fire Cider is an herbal winter mainstay to keep phlegm and congestion at bay, clear the sinuses, and boost the immune system. Vinegar-based medicines have a long history in the Southern Appalachians. Using apple cider vinegar and warming medicinal herbs, learn to keep you and your family well during the winter for generations to come! Participants in this class will get to make their very own own jar of fire cider to take home.

Wednesday, November 7: Countdown to your best Thanksgiving meal

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $30

Learn to make Thanksgiving meal prep a breeze from incredible home-cook and monthly contributor to the Georgia Mountain Laurel's The Family Table, Lorie Ramey-Thompson. Join us for hands-on basic instruction for an organized and easy Thanksgiving meal of roast turkey, southern cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. Receive a suggested timeline to make your holiday cooking as stress-free as possible with recipes and tastings included.

Saturday, December 8: Medicine in the Kitchen: Healing Honeys

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Cost: $30

Join local beekeeper, Bob Grant of Turning Creek Artisans, and Registered Herbalist, Pam Gould, for an informative and interactive workshop that explores the magic of honey! Bob will cover everything you need to know about honey production and the different kinds of honey available in our area. Pam will teach us to prepare some delicious medicinal honeys to take home. We will be using some common kitchen foods and herbs that are powerful healers AND taste delicious! Go home with healing honeys that are great to have on hand during cold & flu season and make wonderful gifts too!

Teaching Kitchen Policies

Classes are first-come, first-served and often fill up quickly. To register, please submit your payment online here or call 706-782-0780. A non-refundable class tuition fee is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is accepted no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled class. No cash refunds will be given. A one-time class credit will be issued, based upon schedule availability.

Low Enrollment Policy: Programs may be subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Participants will be notified the week of the class or event and refunds will be issued.

Inclement Weather Policy: Programs may be subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather. Tickets are transferrable and can be credited to other programs if participant is unable to attend make-up date. Refunds can be issued if necessary.

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