5 Element Cooking Class Series



Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that we are surrounded by energy fields which help us achieve balance, health and harmony in our lives.

The basic principle  is that all things can be divided into 5 elements or phases: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Most of us are familiar with these elements as they relate to feng shui, acupuncture and chi gong, but the same principles are also applied to foods and physical healing.

Each element has a corresponding season, organ system in the body, color and taste and emotion associated with it.

Learning to eat according to the 5 elements can help us balance our energy, nourish particular organs and achieve optimal health.

 Once each season, I will be offering a comprehensive class on the corresponding element.

We will dive deeply into the ancient traditions of strengthening the organ systems associated with each element. We will use tools from Eastern medicine, energy medicine and spirituality in addition to food.

These classes are for you if:

You are seeking to deepen your knowledge of traditional cooking methods

You are desiring to branch out in your cooking and your cooking skills

You are interested in learning ways to prevent and/or heal disease.

You desire being around a community of like minded people

You understand that food and community are at the core of our well- being.

You love cooking and trying new foods.

You are open to different energy practices for grounding and healing (chi gong, meditation, energy medicine).

You wish to help others in your community heal.

These classes are hands on and include resources, recipes and a sit down meal at the end of the class.

All menus are gluten free and will have some dairy and meat.
Menus are subject to change slightly depending on availability of food.


February 17th / Water Element Releasing Fear/ Cultivating Wisdom 


Mushroom Soup

Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Capers, olives and anchovy

Celery Salad with Miso ginger dressing

Savory Hiziki Salad (yes, it really is delicious!) 

Wild Rice Pilaf

Asian Inspired Cod with Carrot, burdock, daikon and ginger

Herbal Dessert Nuggets

This menu is gluten free and contains a bit of dairy, but dairy free can be accommodated. 

April 6th/ Wood Element/ Releasing Anger/ Cultivating Compassion

Menu includes

Roasted Beet Tartare

Beet and Dandelion green Ravioli

Artichoke and Chick Pea Focaccia

Shaved Brussels with Broccoli Sprouts

Chicken Liver Pate with Figs and Olives

Lemon Bars 

Dandelion Cappuccino

DIY Digestive Bitters 

June 30 Fire Element / Releasing Fear/ Cultivating Joy

Menu includes: 

Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Feta and Balsamic Reduction

Pomegranate Braised Lamb

Simple Fish Curry with Tamarind

Chick Pea salad with Fresh herbs

Braised Broccoli Rabe with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Panna Cotta with Cherry Compote

August 25th Earth Element/ Releasing Worry/ Cultivating Faith

Menu includes:

Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup with Moroccan Spices

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Figs and Apricots

Aduki Beans and Butternut Squash

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Rose Water

Leek and Mushroom Salad

Persimmon Parfait

October 6th- Metal Element/ Releasing Grief/ Cultivating Reverence

 Menu Includes:

Cauliflower soup with spicy roasted peppers

Fennel and Orange Salad 

Baked Lotus Root with Mustard Green Harissa

Braised Beef with Star Anise and Five Spice

Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Asian Pear Crisp

Classes run from 11 am – 3pm.

These classes are $60 per class or $270 for the series of 5.
 * Menu subject to change based upon availability of ingredients.