Events and Classes

Upcoming Chicago-area Events:

  • Book Expo America: May 12 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Book Signing.
  • Chicago Food Swap: May 15 at 2 pm. Book party and food swap! Register if you are swapping but if you just want to celebrate or have your book signed, no registration required.
  • Printers Row Lit Fest: June 11-12. Time TBD. Cooking demonstration and panel discussion.
  • Sugar Beet Food Co-op: June 18 at 1 pm. Book signing, samples and demonstration.
  • Bloomingdale Garden Club: June 21 at 6:15 pm. I will be talking about ways to preserve the harvest and signing books. Visitors welcome!
  • Bookends and Beginnings: July 17 at 2 pm. Food Swap and book signing.
  • Morton Arboretum: August 27 at 10 am. Introduction to Jam demonstration class.
  • Morton Arboretum: August 30 at 7 pm. Introduction to Pickling demonstration class.
  • Darien Garden Club: September 6 at 7 pm. I will be talking about ways to preserve the harvest and signing books. One book will be given away as a door prize.  Visitors welcome!
  • 2112 Creative Incubator: September 8 at 6 pm. “An Evening with Women Who Write,” a book signing and panel discussion with me and several other local female authors.
  • Brookfield Library: September 12 at 7 pm. I will be talking about ways to preserve the harvest and signing books. Samples included and one book will be given away as a raffle prize!

Upcoming Book Events in Other Cities

Canning Lessons:

I am available for private and semi-private canning lessons in the comfort of your own kitchen. I will bring my equipment with me, so that you do not need to invest in any expensive gadgets. Lessons typically take two hours and at the end you will have a detailed recipe and several delicious jars to eat or share. I am happy to do family lessons as well.

My rates begin at $200 for a private lesson and an additional $10 for each extra person, up to four people total, plus the cost of supplies. (You can provide your own supplies, which include jars, and ingredients, or I can purchase them for you.) I will charge a slightly higher rate if you are far from the Oak Park-River Forest area and I have to drive more than 30 minutes to reach you.

Canning Demonstrations:

I am also available for canning demonstrations, which are less hands-on than a lesson but still informative, for larger groups. I have done canning demonstrations at Whole Foods, area farmers’ markets and local libraries. A canning demonstration class begins at $125.

If you are interested in scheduling a lesson or have any questions, please contact me at westoftheloop@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!