Adult Education

Couples Cooking with Chef Maria Reina

Summer Solstice at the Farm: Saturday June 17th, 7pm-10pm Register Here
Easy Dinner Grilling: Friday July 28th, 7pm-10pm Register Here
Ready for Fall: Saturday September 9th, 7pm-10pm Register Here

It's summertime and everyone should be outside enjoying the gorgeous weather and tasting all that Mother Nature has to offer! This cooking class will explore all avenues of cooking outside, on the grill. We will also make a few raw dishes, and that doesn't mean a bowl of lettuce! Join me on the bucolic Hilltop Hanover Farm for an evening of delicious food and company. Bring an apron, a beverage and your enthusiasm. Everyone participates in prep and cooking!
Recipes for the class will mainly use vegetables harvested that day. Other ingredients that may or may not be specified in the menu titles could include nuts, meats, spices and wheat flours. If you have a food allergy, please check the farm before attending the class.

Chef Maria Reina is a graduate of the International Culinary Center, where she trained in NYC and at the prestigious Italian cooking school ALMA-La Scuola Internzionale di Cucina Italiana, in Parma.

Together you and your partner will learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant-quality recipes.

The class is limited to 10 couples, and online registration is required, $125 per couple, BYOB.

**if you have any food allergies, please contact the office at (914)962-2368 prior to the class!

Cooking with Chef Maria Reina

Homemade Pasta: Saturday April 8, 5:00pm - 7:30pm Register Here

Join Chef Maria Reina kicking off her fourth year teaching cooking classes at Hilltop. This class will learn the fine (and easy!) art of pasta making. You will make your own pasta dough for an herb-infuse short pasta and a vegetable infused fettuccine. To finish you will make a show stopping chocolate pasta with two difference sauces, one sweet and one savory. Bring an apron and bottle of chianti for an evening of delicious fun. 

We will be cooking...

Thyme-infused garganelli with a simple mushroom ragu
Spinach fettuccine with fresh ricotta
Chocolate pasta with a raspberry-balsamic sauce 
Chocolate pasta with pistachio pesto

All about Eggs: Saturday May 20, 11:00am - 1:30pm Register Here

Join Chef Maria for an egg-cellent class using our very own Hilltop eggs. You will learn the fine (and very easy!) art of poaching. She will also show you a great cooking tip for perfect hard boiled eggs. Using some of our gorgeous leafy greens we will also bake a strata and cook a frittata. Bring an apron and let's cook eggs! All you need is an apron and enthusiasm for cooking! 

Chef Maria Reina is a graduate of the International Culinary Center, where she trained in NYC and at the prestigious Italian cooking school ALMA-La Scuola Internzionale di Cucina Italiana, in Parma.

**if you have any food allergies, please contact the office at (914)962-2368 prior to the class!


Cooking with Chef Rinku Bhattacharya

Vibrant Vegan Cooking: Saturday, April 22nd, 4:00pm-6:30pm  Register Here

Join Chef Rinku Bhattacharya for a vegan cooking class, focusing on fresh vibrant flavors showcasing wholesome global flavors. Learn how to put together a beautiful balanced vegan meal that is nothing short of delicious. In this meal will talk about working with a few key ingredients and harnessing the natural bounty of the plant kingdom.

Passionate Roasted Bell Pepper and Creamy Coconut Tofu over Herb Infused Quinoa
Fried Mint and Cayenne Chickpeas with Tahini Sauce
Green Pea Almond Pesto with Whole Wheat Pasta
Maple Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango and Raspberries


Classic Indian Cooking: Saturday, May 13th, 4:00pm-6:30pm  Register Here

Work with Chef Rinku to put together a classic Indian meal. In this class you will discuss the elements of spicing and work together to put together a creative Indian meal and learn how to plate it the traditional way. You will learn about making spice blends, how to work with farm stand ingredients and balance your palate.

Choley – Wholesome Curried Chickpeas
Saag Panner – Healthy Creamed Spinach with Homemade Cottage Cheese
Chicken or Egg Curry
Pulao – Saffron and Cardamom Laced Basmati Rice
Halwa - Warm Semolina Pudding

Chef Rinku Bhattacharya is a chef and food writer who specializes working with seasonal ingredients. Her areas of expertise include Indian cooking and meshing spices with local produce. Rinku is the author of two award winning cookbooks - The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles and Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors. Rinku also writes the blog, Spice Chronicles.

Veggie Cooking with JL Fields

Veggie Cooking with JL Fields: Friday, May 26th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm  Register Here

If you're a new vegan and looking for creative cooking ideas, a long-time vegetarian in a cooking rut, or simply veg-curious and exploring ways to expand your culinary horizons, cooking vegan food fast, fun, and flavorful with two gadgets: the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) and the air fryer. Join Colorado-based - and former Westchester resident - vegan culinary instructor and cookbook author JL Fields for a 90-minute class she dubs "pressure cooking and air frying 101." Recipes and food samples will be provided.

Bonus: The pressure cooker (8-in-1 multicooker) and air fryer used for the demonstration class will be given away at the conclusion of the class to two lucky students! 


JL Fields is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a vegan lifestyle coach & educator, Food for Life instructor, and a chef instructor in the culinary program at the University of New Mexico-Taos. JL is the author of The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors and Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes. She is the co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. JL produces and hosts the weekly radio program Easy Vegan and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. She writes and broadcasts from Colorado Springs where she lives with her husband Dave and their rescued cat Oliver. 

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