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Cooking Classes Online Spring 2020

Post Update: Check out the list of all the new 2020 Spring and Summer cooking classes here

Honestly, this is not how I pictured my 2020 Spring series of cooking classes kicking off, but after several weeks of planning I have high hopes for my new online series of classes.

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The Pink Pot by Charlotte Artist Mary Kamerer

When people attend one of the hands-on cooking classes at my home, the visit generally includes a look in my “cookware closet.” Its all pegboard floor to ceiling, a la Julia Child, with two small shelves for stock pots and bakeware at the bottom and a tall rack of pot lids on the door. Students often take photos, but I never expected that one of those photos would turn into this fabulous oil painting by Charlotte Impressionist oil painter, Mary Kramerer.

As we aren’t in my kitchen looking at my cookware closet right now, I thought this interpretive visit would be a nice start to my 2020 listing of upcoming online cooking classes.

You can see more of Mary’s wonderful work at her website, here. Then, be sure to follow her on Instagram to see works of art in progress – it really is fascinating to see a painting take shape. #TellThemHeidiSentYou.

Now, that we’ve had a tour of the cookware closet, its time to get started. I can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces, even if it is only online for now. Let’s have fun and make the most of it, shall we? Its going to be a blast!

10 Reasons You’ll Love These Online Cooking Classes

  • You won’t have to worry about traffic on the way to my home or the drive out to a local farm.
  • Weather is not a factor. These classes will take place, rain or shine.
  • You can plan to join us for a cooking class even if you live out of town!
  • If the class time and day doesn’t work for you, you can still get all the info by purchasing the replay.
  • You can participate from the comfort of your own home, front porch or patio.
  • There is no dress code and you don’t have to wear shoes!
  • For those of you who have asked about bringing kids to a class, consider the replay of a class the opportunity to share the experience.
  • And, because everything is virtual, I can offer these culinary experiences at an easy on your pocket book price tag.
  • While the classes can’t be hands on, I will send you grocery lists with local sources to shop, wine pairing suggestions and recipes once you have made and confirmed your reservation. You’ll have full access to the video for class and after, so you can go back and watch it again.
  • If you can’t join us for the live class, consider purchasing a replay. You’ll receive the recipes, shopping list with local and home delivery resources, and a code to access the video of the live class.

To Make Your Reservations for an At Home with Heidi or On the Farm Virtual Cooking Class

Hoping to see all of your smiling faces soon for all the fun in one or more of these online At Home with Heidi or On the Farm Spring 2020 cooking classes.

Making reservations for any class is just the same as it as always been.

Simply email me at to make your reservation.
You can pop a check in the mail if you would like or easier still, why not “Venmo Me!” (Words I thought I might not ever say, but now I love it!) or call me with your credit card info. I’ll go over all the choices when you make your advance reservation.

Then, I’ll send you everything you need.

These group cooking classes are not intended to be a a cook along sort of experience. I’m reserving that opportunity for private individual or group virtual cooking class experiences.

Email me if you’d like to set up private online cooking classes for your friends, families, neighborhood or co-workers and we’ll get a date on the calendar!!

Recipes, Food & Drink

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Assorted Table Wine Shop at 7th Street Public Market in Uptown Charlotte is offering Free to your door delivery on orders over $100

We will include wine pairings ( and maybe a recipe for a cocktail made with local spirits) with each and every class.

And, in the case of nearly all of the On the Farm classes, farmers will have “Heidi Sent Me Grocery Pick Up” available for sale and pick up at the farm or a Saturday farmers market, if applicable.

Farmers’ market To-Go orders from New Town Farms. Order Online Thursday morning at 8 am for Saturday Pick up

I’ll give you a list of all the local resources, as I do in every class, so you can Shop Local and easily get everything you need for each of the recipes.

We are all in this together. Cooking and sharing, albeit digitally, is a great way to relieve the stress and the tension; and have some fun around our virtual table.

Heidi Billotto

These cooking classes will all be on Zoom in an interactive format. All participants will receive recipes and a shopping guide with local resources as soon as registration is confirmed with advance payment. The morning of class, each paid class participant will receive an email with the online access code. Just click on the link about 5 minutes before class time and I will virtually welcome you into my kitchen.


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Urban Gourmet Farm’s Mushrooms are available on Saturdays at the Matthews Community Farmers Market and the SouthEnd Market at Atherton.

Wednesday April 22, 2020 – 6-7:30 pm. Join Heidi for this first virtual At Home with Heidi class featuring 3 mushroom-centric dishes all made with locally raised mushrooms from Charlotte’s own Urban Gourmet Farms. On the menu: Mushroom Parmesan with Heidi’s Homemade Marinara; Mushroom Risotto, and a delightful mushroom crostini! Cost for the live class experience is $25; for the replay $16. Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

Cooking with Fresh Herbs – On the Farm with Windcrest Farms

Thursday, April 23, 3-4:30 pm. For this fun On the Farm Class, Mary Roberts from Windcrest Organic Farms in Monroe NC, joins us! Mary will share all there is to know about planting your Spring Herb garden.
Our focus will be on cooking with sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, tarragon, mint and lavender. All of these are in the family of Mediterranean Herbs and all perfect to plant right now. Once we know how to plant and grow our own, I’ll share 3-4 recipes you are going to love.

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How does your garden grow? Order online and get everything you need from plants to soil and terrific expert advice from Mary Roberts at Windcrest Organic Herb Farm

I know what you are going to ask, but its still too early for basil. We’re going to wait and give it a class all its own in May when we can pair it with locally grown maters – stay tuned. Cost for the live class experience is $25; for the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

Where’s The Beef – On the Farm at Proffitt Cattle Company

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Order Organically Raised Grass Fed Beef Online from Proffitt Cattle Company to enjoy for all your spring and summer grilling!

Saturday, April 25, 3-4:30 pm. Excited to be back in the kitchen with local rancher Shelley Eagan in on this virtual class coming at us live from Proffitt Family Farm in Kings Mountain, NC.
We’ll use Proffitt’s organically raised beef in three (maybe four) easy to prepare recipes your family will simply adore. Between recipes, Shelley will show us around the farm and talk about all that goes into raising cattle for delicious grass fed beef,
You’ll also be treated to a special quarantine episode of “Is It Delicious?” with Bonnie the farm dog! ( if you don’t know what I am talking about – check out Shelley’s Instagram feed at @proffitt_family_cattle_co and enjoy!) Cost for the live class experience is $25; For the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

Its the Cheesiest with Zack Gadberry of Uno Alla Volta Cheese

Tuesday April 28, 4-5:30 pm. Gotta love all that Zack Gadberry, cheese maker and monger at Uno Alla Volta cheeses has done with his local business.

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Available at the Matthews Community Farmers Market on Saturdays and at several cheese shops in and around Charlotte. Best to order in advance for Farmers Market pick ups. Message Zack via Facebook or Instagram

I use regularly use UAV cheeses or butter . I consider each product, from the rich Mozzarella and ricotta, to cottage cheese and a yogurt style cheese, to be a must have on your weekly shopping list. Excited to have Zack join us for this class to share how its done while I cook with each of his products. Count on at least a trio of cheesy recipes. Plus, as a bonus Zack’s wife Victory is going to join in the fun with info on wine pairings for each course.

Cost for the live class experience is $25, For the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

On the Farm at New Town Farms with Sammy Koenigsberg

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Now on Instagram!! Follow New Town Farms and order online for easy Saturday morning Matthews Farmers’ Market pick up!

Wednesday April 29, 4-5:30 pm – The very first On the Farm class I ever did was maybe 6-8 years ago now at New Town Farms with Sammy and Melinda. This salute to Springtime class has been a tradition ever since and while this year the format is a bit different, we can’t let a little pandemic stop this long standing tradition.

New Town Farms is a small family run farm focusing on the art and craft of sustainably growing vegetables in their five acre garden; and raising pastured poultry, pastured laying hens, and Heritage breed, free range hogs. Come and join us as we cook with an assortment of fresh from the farm veggies, chicken and pork.

Cost for the live class experience is $25, For the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

Cooking with Seafood

Thursday April 30, 6-7:30 pm. If you’ve been following my Instagram feed or either one of my Facebook Pages here and here , you know I’ve been cooking a lot with seafood from my friends at Inland. I am excited to share the news that they now deliver to your door. Just use this link to place your order Sunday – Thursday before noon for next day home delivery!

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In this class I’ll share 3-4 new recipes for some of my favorite springtime seafood recipes, and share lots of tips on easy ways to make seafood the center of your plate.

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Order a variety of fin fish, shell fish, and smoked fish as well as chicken, beef, pork, charcuterie and cheese all online for home delivery. For Chemist Gin’s new Navy Strength, visit your local ABC store!

Cost for the live class experience is $25, For the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

Make Mine Meatless – Veggie Burgers and More!

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Veggie Burgers go best with local greens and locally baked bread. This English Muffin “bun” is from Verdant Bread in Charlotte. Order online for Friday home delivery in certain Charlotte zipcodes or curbside pick up, Tues., Wed., Friday or place an advance order for pick up at the Matthews Community Farmers market

Sunday , May 3, 3:30-5 pm. Time for a few delicious high protein do-ahead plant-based options for best burger accolades. Each of these recipes using beans, nuts, legumes and seasonal vegetables is based on a single fabulous master recipe. Enjoy on a bun with all the trimmings, or on a seasonal salad with a great homemade dressing, or as a tasty appetizer option to start an evening with friends.

Cost for the live class experience is $25, For the replay $16
Email Heidi to make a reservation for the live class or access to the replay

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  1. Heidi….I am new to all of this virtual stuff….do I have to have zoom to receive your cooking classes online? Love your posts on FB and your blog!!!

    1. Hi Louine, Thanks for your question. No you don’t have to have Zoom. I will send you a link, and when you click on it, you can get right into the class!

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