Pike Place Market is already known as a place to admire and purchase fresh vegetables and fruits and seafood. One of its tenants wants to make sure people know how to cook those ingredients too.
Diane LaVonne, owner of Diane’s Market Kitchen cooking school in Post Alley, will hold four free cooking classes at the market every Friday through Sept. 20. She said the 45-minute classes, scheduled for 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., are aimed at people who find it intimidating to cook from scratch, or who think farmers market ingredients will be too expensive for their budgets.
LaVonne said she’d like to encourage more people to shop the market, especially lower-income customers — and she’d like to do her part to shift our modern society back to home cooking, once people see “how easy it is to make delicious food.” She’s looking for donors or business partners to help foot the bill, but for now she’s subsidizing much of the “hard costs,” with the Pike Place Market PDA contributing the space and some graphics work and initial funding for printing.
Full details are over here. LaVonne said that “anyone and everyone is welcome,” with each class limited to 25 participants. She’ll be teaching different dishes each week, all made from locally available ingredients.