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Tastes of New England Adds Cooking School to Growing Brand

Durham, NH, January 17, 2009 --( Tastes of New England (, a retailer, distributor and promoter of New England-made products, is adding education to their rapidly growing brand. They have partnered with The Inn at Spruce Wood (, a senior living community also based here, to offer a cooking school for home cooks desiring to create quick, healthy meals and appetizers while making use of local ingredients.

Unlike other cooking schools in the area, the Tastes of New England Cooking School at The Inn at Spruce Wood focuses on quick meal and entertaining ideas that utilize 100% New England ingredients. Most of the meals and appetizers that are planned in the curriculum are with health in mind.

Tastes of New England owner, Mary Reed, and Spruce Wood Executive Director, Denise Cadorette, were encouraged to create the school following the success of a jointly produced cooking event last November. This event was headlined by local cook and cookbook author, Mary Ann Esposito.

“We were approached by many people who were so excited about what we were doing and wanted a regular venue for getting together with their friends to cook, eat and get ideas. Since then, people have continued to call and drop by, encouraging us to start a cooking school so we decided to kick it off in 2009,” said Reed.

A nationally recognized food expert and cook, Reed will teach the classes. She has traveled all over New England teaching and doing cooking demonstrations.

Courses will take place in the Inn at Spruce Wood’s country kitchen. This cozy, informal setting not only encourages the creation of great food, but also fun, friendship and entertainment. The 2-hour monthly, evening courses will cover seasonal, rotating topics and includes dinner and a gift bag. The Winter/Spring, 2009 schedule kicks-off with a chocolate dessert extravaganza in recognition of Valentine’s Day and concludes with quick and easily Memorial Day dishes.

February 11 – The Art of Chocolate: Valentine’s Day Desserts to Die For
March 10 – Mad About Maple: Using Maple for More Than Just Pancakes
April 2 – Putting a New Twist on Classic Easter & Passover Dishes
April 30 – Cinco de Mayo Appetizers That Will Leave You Saying Ole!
May 19 – Creating Quick & Easy Memorial Day Dishes

The fee is a nominal $25 per person per class. All classes will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Inn at Spruce Wood, which is located at 25 Worthen Road in Durham. The facility is located off of Mill Road, two miles behind UNH. Advance reservations are required. To reserve your space call Tastes of New England at (603) 868-1202 or visit their retail store at 7 Jenkins Court in Durham (next to Wings Your Way). Cash, Visa and Mastercard is accepted. For directions to the Inn, call (603) 659-1100.

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Tastes of New England
Carol Arnold

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