HARRODSBURG — A suggestion by a couple of community members has led to a series of cooking classes sponsored by the Arts Council of Mercer County.
Arts Council founder Joy Mosko said she approached Chef Nic Wisecarver, formerly of Mermaids Bar & Bistro, to participate.
“He was excited about it,” Mosko said. “So I met with the ladies and hashed out the details.”
The ladies — Bonnie Tanner and Lois Mateus — also opened their kitchens up to the participating chefs. Local ingredients will be used in what the chefs and their classes create, Mosko added.
She said she didn’t realize the artsy aspects of food when she got into the food industry.
“Even with just the mixing of things, you’re taking ingredients and making them taste good,” Mosko explained, adding a serving plate or display plate is akin to an artist’s canvas. “I think the goal (of the cooking series) is to let people know cooking is not hard. ... You can put different things together to create an original dish that would explode on your taste buds.
“Nic is a chef who is passionate about cooking. ... He will really inform people.”
Here is a description of the three cooking classes:
- 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 9
Host kitchen: Bonnie Tanner
Wisecarver, who recently was featured on “Chefs of the Bluegrass,” will teach the first class. Wisecarver will instruct participants on the simplicity of cooking fish using fresh and local ingredients. An appetizer, entrée and a dessert will be offered.
- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 27
Host kitchen: Lois Mateus at Tallgrass Farms
David Larson is an award-winning James Beard chef and the vice president of operations at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The former chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery also is owner of the Pampered Chef.
Larson will instruct the second class in this series and will demonstrate using ingredients from the gardens of Tallgrass Farms.
- Sept. 10; time TBA
Host kitchen: Darrel Dickerson and Bobby Parsons
Wisecarver will lead the final class in “The Cookery”; subject matter TBA.
Class size is limited to 10 people and is $50 per person or $135 for all three sessions.
Email the Arts Council of Mercer County at email@example.com or stop by the ACMC Studio & Gallery at 120 S. Main St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to pre-register for each cooking class. For more information, call (859) 265-6049.
The website is www.artscouncilofmercer.com.