The summer is finally starting to warm up, which for many of us means scouting for dinner ideas that don't involve time over a hot stove.
Newcastle Produce has the answer.
The gourmet grocery and specialty food store's roster of upcoming cooking classes features three courses on summer meals that require little to no cooking.
Chef Chelsea Federwitz will lead a class on raw summer food, summer salads and sushi in July, according to the store's e-newsletter.
The raw summer food class July 6 will feature lessons on how to "un-cook" and incorporate raw food into daily life. Participants will learn to make live cocktails, summer rolls, live pizzas and raw salads. Cost is $35 per person.
On July 8, cooks can learn how to chop, slice, grill, roast and marinate their way to amazing summer salads, as well as make fresh dressing. Cost is $25 per person.
Federwitz will teach a sushi "Rock and Roll" class July 16. Students will learn how to make sushi rice, small and large rolls and inside-out rolls. Spicy tuna, Philadelphia and California rolls will be featured. Cost is $35 per person.
The three classes all start at 6:30 p.m. and are "make and eat" classes, the newsletter states.
Federwitz also will be teaching classes on whimsical cupcakes, summer tarts and pies, tea parties, farm-to-table dinners and Asian street food this summer. She also is scheduled to teach children's classes on Italian food cupcake decorating.
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