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Make and Take Cooking Class with the Urban Dinner Socials
Plant-Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering)
Los Angeles, CA
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Make and Take Cooking Class with the Urban Dinner Socials
Hey L.A.: Get healthy and eat right!

Cook your week of meals with the Urban Dinner Socials! We'll make tasty salads, soups, entrees, and desserts - ten plant-based dishes - using local organic produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms. You'll take home vegan food for the week:

- Three Hearty Salads
- Two Soups
- Three Entrees
- Vegan Party Cake
- Cashew Ice Cream

Learn vegan cooking skills, make food with exceptional ingredients, and eat healthy all week long.


Sunday, March 23
4:00-7:00 p.m.
3048 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
$95 online
$140 at the door


How this Class Saves You Money:

Our week of meals ***costs half, or less*** than a similar week of meals delivery service. And, unlike other make and takes, your meals include a class to build your skills. We help you prevent waste, too: If you shop at the farmers market or have a produce box subscription, exciting but unfamiliar foods can languish in the fridge. We'll help you with strategies to get these foods on the table.

How This Class Saves You Time:

Shopping for (or growing) local food takes time - this class taps into the seasonal sourcing expertise of Whittier Backyard Farms. ***They do your shopping for you*** and get you the freshest food on the market. We train you to plan 30-minute vegan menus, and crowdsource the time it takes to prepare your week of food. Shopping and cooking that could take 20 hours is ***finished in three hours.***

How this Class is Good for Your Health:

With food ready-to-eat in the fridge at home, you can avoid the temptation of eating out. Eating home-cooked healthy vegan food means you skip conventionally-farmed foods, chemicals, and denatured ingredients. In this class, learn how to commit to your ***healthy daily diet.*** We also address allergen-free cooking. And of course, we cook fresh, organic, GMO-free produce.


Learn to make fresh, tasty, satisfying vegan food using seasonal produce, and take home food for the week. In this class:

- Learn healthy cooking

- Take home food for the week

- Save time and money

- Cook a CSA produce box of vegetables

- Support locally grown food

- Cook with the seasons

- Practice no-waste cooking

- Eat more plant-based food

- Avoid dietary allergens

- Learn vegan kitchen hacks

- Cooking with a group is fun!


Cooking with the Seasons:

In this class, you'll learn to work with local, seasonal foods from Whittier Backyard Farms and make food for your week. ***Peak season food*** can be unfamiliar, and you don't always have the time or skills to deal with unfamiliar vegetables. We'll show you how to incorporate any seasonal foods into your menus.

Build Your Kitchen Skills:

We'll provide over 100 of our own ***original recipes*** to inspire your creation, and the chef and kitchen crew will share their kitchen skills and recipe strategies. We've worked with cooks at all levels for over four years. This class accommodates the new cook, the adventurer, and the seasoned foodist.

Be Your Own Personal Chef:

You don't have time every day to cook a fancy meal, but ***30 minutes*** a day is all it takes to cook something simple and delicious. We'll show you how to do this with 6-10 ingredients per dish. We'll also show you how to include veggies in your menu if you only have ***five minutes*** to cook!


Urban Dinner Socials is an experimental pop-up that tests vegan, organic, local approaches to traditional comfort foods in Los Angeles. Participants at all skill levels leave with new skills. In four years, over a hundred volunteers and over a thousand guests have participated in our four-course prix fixe vegan dinners. Seven kitchen crew alumni have gone on to food employment. Many of our kitchen crew members are also our CSA farmers.

Founded in January 2010 at HM157 Creative Community Space in Lincoln Heights, the weekly dinner series moved in June 2012 to Plant Based Parties, the commercial kitchen of Jennie Cooks Catering in Atwater, where it became a monthly event.

For the past year, we've posted weekly vegan recipes on Facebook and Instagram for home cooks. Our newsletters also feature original recipes to make vegan home cooking achievable. This is the first Urban Dinner Socials Make and Take Cooking Class.

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Our CSA:

Whittier Backyard Farms provides the Whittier area - and the Urban Dinner Socials - with a CSA of fresh organic local and ultra-local produce, recipes, and agricultural education. What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture includes produce box subscriptions and also other ways for community members to invest in local food. Join the Whittier Backyard Farms newsletter for updates on farm days, gardening workshops, artisan products, and produce box subscriptions:


Our event host:

Plant Based Parties, which donates its space for Urban Dinner Socials events, offers plant-based catering for vegans and omnivores. With 25 years of experience in celebrations and event planning, proprietor and food activist Jennie Cook is spreading the word about the deliciousness of the vegan lifestyle. Contact her staff of true hospitality professionals to party down with boundless deliciousness!


Urban Dinner Socials fresh food policies:

- No fake meats
- No cans
- Allergies accommodated

Most of our food has no wheat and no gluten-containing products, but we do occasionally use wheat flour for specific cultural dishes.

If you have any food sensitivities, email us in advance of the class, with the subject line Urban Dinner Socials:

Join us: Learn vegan cooking skills, and take home awesome food for the week!


Plant-Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering) (View)
3048 Fletcher Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
United States

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