Hi! I’m Heidi Billotto a Charlotte NC based free lance food writer/blogger, food stylist, social media specialist and cooking personality and I have a lot of passions.
Among them are shopping and eating local, learning about new foods, farms, and cooking techniques and teaching! As a former kindergarten teacher, I often work with kids in the kitchen (see more below); but my primary focus now is more on teaching adults about the pairing of food and drink, local product, protein and produce and how to cook it all up into a fabulous meal.
I teach through the written word, on television, through video and in person, at private and regularly scheduled cooking classes.
While learning correct culinary technique and knowing where your food comes from are important its even more important to me that everyone have fun in the process!
My cooking classes are all hands-on events and I use as much locally grown and sourced product as is available, shopping at local farmers markets for all of our ingredients. When I can’t find local product, I opt for organic product, so we will all know whats in the food we are eating.
These classes are a blast – we’ll prepare 4-5 different recipes in each class to make a meal. Everyone gets in on the act, everyone gets to eat, I include wine pairings with every dish and everyone goes home with a complete recipe packet, and coupons for lots of the local product we use in class!
If I’ve whet your palate, but you’ve not been to one of my cooking classes, and want a little taste, then here is a link to a great video filmed and produced by my talented friend Wes Walker of Dream Alive Productions- It’ll give you and idea of what it is like to take an At Home With Heidi class.
My On the Farm classes are done in a similar manner, but they start with a farm tour where we hear from each farmer about his or her philosophy of farming and how they do what they do. Then we head back to their kitchen or we set up a demo kitchen and we cook with whatever they raise or produce and supplement the menu with other local products to make a meal.
You and your fellow classmates can watch or lend a hand if you’d like and together will learn to chop, slice, simmer and saute along the way.
Class size is limited – your advance reservations via email gets you on the class list and advance payment confirms your space in class. I will send out directions and any other specifics you might need, several days prior to the class date. The cost ranges from $70-$85 per person.