Remember way back at the beginning of the year when L.A. county passed the Homemade Food Act? Well, the county has been busy putting guidelines and schedules in place for the thousands of applicants that are looking to start their canning businesses. Besides filling out the application and paying a fee, having a certificate in food preservation is essential. This is where Rick Nahmias comes in. He runs Food Forward, an organization dedicated to salvaging fruit in L.A. county for those in need.
To raise funds for his organization while furthering its mission, Nahmias is partnering with The Farmers Kitchen in Hollywood. There, this fall, certified instructor Ernest Miller will teach a 12 week course: the Food Preservation & Cottage Arts Certificate Program.
Beginning on September 18, and for 12 consecutive Wednesday nights (excluding November 27 for Thanksgiving), students will be guided through the processes of safely and efficiently making jams, jellies, pickles, bread, charcuterie, liquors, and cured meats. Classes on fermentation, dehydration, and sales are also included in the comprehensive survey-style course. The class is limited to just a dozen students and is already half full. Course fees ($1,495) include books, course materials, and supplies; students must sign-up in advance. All proceeds go to Food Forward's mission.
Food Forward, official site.
The Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St. #119, Hollywood, 323-467-7600 or seela.org/farmerskitchen.