Events and Classes

Upcoming Chicago-area Events:

  • Bookends and Beginnings: July 17 at 2 pm. Food Swap and book signing.
  • The Chopping Block: July 19 at 6 pm. Demonstration and book signing.
  • Read It and Eat: August 14 at 2 pm. Mini Food Swap and book signing.
  • Morton Arboretum: August 27 at 9:30 am. Introduction to Jam demonstration class. Limit 20 people. $25 for members; $34 for non-members.
  • Morton Arboretum: August 30 at 6:30 pm. Introduction to Pickling demonstration class. Limit 20 people. $25 for members; $34 for non-members.
  • 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!
  • Chicago Food Swap: September 18 at 2 pm.
  • Lake Zurich Library: September 28 at 7 pm. I will be talking about food swapping and signing books.
  • Bensenville Community Library: November 1 at 7 pm. Holiday canning demonstration and book signing.
  • Wauconda Library: November 9 at 7 pm. Demonstration on edible gift ideas and book signing.
  • Morton Arboretum: November 12. Fermentation Workshop: Fermenting Vegetables. (More information coming soon.)

food swap events

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 $250 for a private lesson for 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.

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!