Scenes from the Sitka Kitch’s Winter Baking Series class Sourdough Bread With Carolyn Rice

Students learned how to bake sourdough bread using a sourdough starter named Xavier during the first class of the Sitka Kitch‘s Winner Baking Series, Sourdough Bread With Carolyn Rice on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Sitka Kitch rental commercial kitchen.

Carolyn is an Alaska Fellow working with the Sitka Conservation Society and USDA Forest Service, and her class taught how to create and feed a sourdough starter, as well as how to bake sourdough bread using a variety of bread flours. She also explained why she named her sourdough starter Xavier and why others should give their starters a name. Students were able to take home a small bit of Xavier so they could build their own sourdough starters, and they each took home a ball of bread dough to proof overnight and bake the next day.

The next class in the Winter Baking Series is Bagels With Robin Sherman, which takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Sitka Kitch (note the earlier starting time than our usual evening classes). This class costs $40 ($30 for Sitka Food Co-op members who are current on their dues), and the registration deadline is 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. More classes in the series will be announced as their information is finalized.

A slideshow of scenes from the sourdough bread class is posted below.

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Sitka Kitch to host Winter Baking Series: Bagels With Robin Sherman class on Jan. 28

Learn how to make bagels in the second class of the new Winter Baking Series at the Sitka Kitch. The Bagels With Robin Sherman class takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Sitka Kitch community commercial kitchen. Please note this is an earlier starting time than our usual night classes, since bagels can take three hours to make.

Robin Sherman grew up in New York City and started baking as a kid. She is enthusiastically pro-gluten and enjoys exploring new bakeries whenever she travels. Warning: she has strong opinions about appropriate flavors and ingredients for bagels. Fruit does not even belong in the same sentence with this authentically chewy, round, boiled New York bread specialty.

The registration deadline is 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Space is limited, so register early to secure your place in the class. We need at least eight students to register and pre-pay to make this class happen. The class costs $40, which is part of our new all-inclusive fee system (you no longer have to pay a class fee to register, then a separate food/supply fee). You can register and pre-pay using credit/debit cards or PayPal on our EventSmart page, http://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com (click on class title). For those wanting to pre-pay with cash or check, please call Chandler O’Connell or Clarice Johnson at Sitka Conservation Society (747-7509) to arrange a payment.

Current (paid) members of the Sitka Food Co-op are now able to attend the classes for $30 each (the co-op will cover the other $10 of your class fee). Please use the Sitka Food Co-Op ticket when you register and send an email to sitkafoodcoop@gmail.com letting them know you’re in the class.

For more information about the class, contact Jasmine Shaw at 747-9440. We do offer one potential scholarship spot per class for people with limited incomes, so long as we have enough students registered to make the class happen. Contact Chandler at SCS for more details about the scholarship. This class is a fundraiser for the Sitka Kitch.

Also, the registration deadline for the first class  in the Winter Baking Series, Sourdough Bread With Carolyn Rice, is 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. The sourdough bread class takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Sitka Kitch. Details on other classes in the series will be posted as they become available.

Students should enter the Sitka Lutheran Church through the back entrance (through the alley off Harbor Drive by the old Bev’s Flowers and Gifts location). The door on the right should be open for students to enter. Please do not park in the church’s back parking lot. Please use the public parking lots off Harbor Drive.

The Sitka Kitch also has a new class cancelation policy. If you register for a class, then find out you can’t attend, please email us at sitkakitch@sitkawild.org and we may be able to help fill your slot through our waiting list. If you cancel from the class at least five days in advance (eg, by Wednesday the week before for a Monday class), you are eligible for a partial refund of your class fee, minus $5 for processing (in this case, $35). If you need to cancel with less than five days advance notice, there is no refund.