Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Autumn in New England Comfort Foods

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Autumn in New England Comfort Foods

Presented by The Trustees

Everyone says fall in New England is the best—and we whole-heartedly agree! Local farms are bringing truckloads of fresh picked fruits and veggies, and we get to showcase it all in a unique seasonal and local cooking experience! Building on traditional foods of Native Americans and Pilgrims as well as 20th century Ireland and Italy, you will travel through time to agrarian New England to understand what it means to be a locavore today.

In this lively, hands-on cooking class you will learn how to utilize the produce and products of the farmers and artisans of the Boston Public Market. Guided by Chef Jen, you will create an exciting three-course meal based on seasonal, local food, and increase your comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques, and flavor profiles.

In addition to learning a new cooking style, you'll enjoy tastes of three local New England wines that pair perfectly with recipes we’ll be making, courtesy of The Massachusetts Wine Shop.

Come ready to roll up your sleeves and get cooking! See below the dates, times and menus.


  • Tuesday, October 15 from 6-8PM | Menu 1

  • Tuesday, October 22 from 6-8PM | Menu 1 - SOLD OUT

  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-8PM | Menu 1

  • Tuesday, November 5 from 6-8PM | Menu 1

  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-8PM | Menu 1

  • Tuesday, November 19 from 6-8PM | Menu 2

  • Tuesday, December 3 from 6-8PM | Menu 2

  • Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8PM | Menu 2

  • Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8PM | Menu 2

Menu 1:

  • Whole roasted squash salad with greens and local cheese from Appleton Farms

  • Spice-rubbed Chestnut Farms duck breast with brussels sprouts

  • Poached pears with cream from Appleton Farms

Menu 2: 

  • Mussels from Red's Best with hard cider and herbs

  • Chestnut Farms Bacon, mushrooms and hearty seasonal greens with polenta

  • Apple crisp with cranberry oatmeal topping

Note: Menu 1 is gluten-free, and can be made vegetarian upon request. Please email to alert us to any allergies or to request a vegetarian meal. 

Tickets: $60 for Trustees member and $75 for Non-Trustees Members. Members must bring their current member card and number. Join The Trustees and save! Members save between 20-40% off all classes in The KITCHEN.

About Chef Jen Heilig

Jennifer Heilig is a trained chef, culinary educator, and owner of For The Table cooking school. She has cooked professionally for over 15 years. Jen teaches group, private, and corporate cooking classes in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Cooking has been Jen’s lifelong passion. After graduating from Smith College, she dove into the kitchen life as the personal chef for a college president for several years. Work in the business world followed, but cooking remained a central part of her life, and she eventually left her desk job to focus on food. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts with high honors and received the school’s Julia Child Award. She has worked at a number of restaurants in and around Boston and on Cape Cod, including Legal Harborside and State Street’s executive dining room. Jen founded For The Table cooking school to bring hands-on classes to home cooks of all levels. Her mission is to help people enjoy cooking and to cook at home more often. Her classes range from cooking techniques and fundamentals to ingredient- and cuisine-focused favorites. She is proud to be part of the Boston Public Market community and to teach and cook in The KITCHEN with the fresh, local bounty of New England.

About The Trustees and The KITCHEN

As one of the largest owners of agricultural land and the premier steward of the cultural and natural landscape of Massachusetts, The Trustees extends its leadership to transform the local food system by connecting residents and visitors back to the land and sharing the Commonwealth’s collective agrarian heritage through innovative retail and educational experiences at the Boston Public Market in the heart of downtown Boston.

The KITCHEN is a community gathering place, managed by The Trustees, that is restoring the craft of seasonal cooking in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond through hands-on classes and educational experiences that celebrate the farmers and artisans of this region.  Partnered with the Boston Public Market, The KITCHEN embraces a whole-food approach to eating and promotes cooking as an essential cornerstone of a sustainable food system. 

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Program Refunds/Cancellations: In the event that a program is cancelled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund within 14 days of the cancellation. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact at least 7 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund. Refunds will not be granted for registration cancellations placed fewer than 7 days before the start of the program. There are no refunds for missed classes. The KITCHEN reserves the right to change program locations, schedules, or instructors when necessary.

Thank you for joining us in the KITCHEN! Please note that the BPM Garage at 7 Sudbury St will be closed from September 29th, 2019 to October 19th, 2019, so on-site parking is unavailable during those periods. We apologize for the inconvenience. The nearest parking garage is the Government Center Garage: