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Garden Cooking with Chef Joni: Demo & Tasting

August 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Chef Joni Sare and the Urban Farmers Cooperative in our garden kitchen for a lesson in health and nutrition. We will harvest ingredients from the garden and cook it up right there in our outdoor kitchen. Joni will demonstrate good cooking techniques and how to blend the flavors of the garden into delicious and healthy dishes.  After the demo we will share in a community meal.  Guests can contribute to our potluck lunch with their own garden harvested food or prepared items.  Then we will all taste what Joni created and share in what others have brought.

The heat goes off and Joni helps by adding some dry malt to this batch.

The heat goes off and Joni helps by adding some dry malt to this batch.

Chef Joni Sare is a trained therapeutic chef and nutritional educator, who believes in igniting love and passion in the foods we eat. She has been cooking professionally for six years. Her overall goal is to help people create a healthy future for themselves, their families, and communities by choosing and preparing the right foods to eat. Joni says “Like so many other nutritionists, I started my professional journey by healing myself.” To read more about Joni visit

What to bring
For this event, please bring any of the following:

  • Harvesting tools: gloves, a shovel, spading fork, trowel, weeding tools
  • Potluck item: either containing something that you have picked from your own garden, something that you would like in the future to come from your garden, or something that you have made.
  • Crop Sharing item(s): Food items you have harvested from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)
  • Some good positive energy


1) Garden Harvesting

As guests arrive we will harvest plants from the garden to use in the cooking demonstration. Everyone is welcome to participate in the harvest.

2) Cooking demonstration and tasting

Joni presents a half-hour cooking demonstration with tasting.

3) Pot Luck and Socializing

After we have learned new culinary secrets for making many delicious things, we will socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens.

  • Crop Sharing — If you can, bring something harvested from your garden and exchange with others — take something you did not bring.

Tickets are free of charge for these community events at the Middlebrook Center. However, we ask for a $10 suggested donation, which will go directly to the California Native Garden Foundation to support the ongoing work in school gardens, restoration of native plants, and the enrichment of our community.


August 23, 2014
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Middlebrook Center / CNGF


The Middlebrook Center
76 Race Street, San Jose, CA 95126 United States
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408 292-9993
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