cooking classes

Medford’s Downtown Market Resets The House

Owners Nora LaBracca and Brian Witter have elevated the front of house with a high design and comfy feel for pre-seating lounging.

Medford’s Downtown Market Goes Back to School

Combine energetic Italian family-taught cook, Nora LaBrocca, with a homey dramatic retail space in downtown Medford, and you have the fixings for outstanding fare, stocked shelves of pantry items, fun group cooking classes and tasting events at the Downtown Market Company she co-owns with husband Brian Witter. Together they have created a space reminiscent of a big city neighborhood shop that serves as the perfect place for grabbing a seat at the lunch counter, securing last-minute dinner items, or stopping in for the occasional local wine tasting. In little more than a month, her on-site cooking classes have already found… See More

Cooking from the Hip at Portland’s Hipcooks

As a cook who rarely follows strict recipes and almost never measures my ingredients, the classes at Hipcooks Portland are right up my alley. Enthusiastic owner of Hipcooks, Monika Reti, eschews measurements and recipes in favor of a more holistic, stress free approach to cooking. The classes, which range from cheese making, to planning a dinner party, to “Persian Immersion,” all ban recipes in order to “free foodies from the recipe and take back the kitchen as a place for fun, health and inspiration.”   Reti, who was part entertainer, part cooking teacher in my “Thai One Up” class, said… See More