Cook with The Sustainable Cook

July 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Melissa Graham

Beet readers may have seen some of the great press I’ve gotten recently for my alter identity, The Sustainable Cook, particularly in Daily Candy and on NBC. As The Sustainable Cook, I’m offering classes that readers can book in either their homes or a common facility. Shortly, I’ll have information about class schedules at additional locations. Email me at or call me at 773-991-1920 for pricing and more information.

A Sustainable Evening

Enjoy an evening with a few good friends over a spectacular multi-course meal of sustainably-sourced ingredients. Chef Melissa Graham will prepare an elegant, sustainable meal and show you and your guests how to green up your act in the kitchen and ultimately become a more sustainable consumer. With her emphasis of organic and local products grown by family farmers, you can trust the food will be as good for the earth as it is delicious. Wine pairing is available.

Sustainable Eating 101

Get a ‘green’ education right in the comfort of your own home. Chef Melissa Graham will help you understand the concept of sustainability and how that relates to you and your guests. This demonstration and discussion class will help you be a more sustainable cook and consumer. You will also learn how to make dishes that are as good for the earth as they are delicious.

Cooking That’s Kind to the Earth and Your Wallet

In these challenging economic times, many people are left wondering whether they can eat in a way that’s good for the earth without breaking the bank. In this demonstration class, Chef Melissa Graham will explain how, with careful shopping, smart cooking and some good old fashioned frugality, environmental and fiscal sustainability can happily coexist in your kitchen.

Chef Melissa will explain where to find savings in the grocery aisles and demonstrate how to reduce waste through recycling, composting and a judicious use of leftovers. Finally, you’ll learn how to make a dish that is as good for the earth as it is for your wallet.

A Well-Stocked Sustainable Kitchen

Learn how to make delicious and nutritious earth-friendly dishes on a moment’s notice by creating a well-stocked kitchen of sustainable ingredients. Chef Melissa will offer specific tips and great short cuts to making a fabulous meal for your family and friends.

To Market, To Market

Learn how to navigate a farmers market in a visit to Chicago’s only all-sustainable market, Green City Market with Chef Melissa Graham, the Market’s membership chair. Learn what’s in season and experience the bounty of some of the Midwest’s greatest farmers while getting tips on how to be a more sustainable cook and consumer.

Sustainable Family Traditions

In this class, perfect for a mom’s group or a parents association, you’ll learn how eating sustainably will help get families back to the table, connecting with one another and the earth. Chef Melissa Graham, head spear of Purple Asparagus, will demonstrate how with projects, activities and trips to the farmers market you can help your children understand where their food comes from, get them in tune with the rhythm of the seasons and create a sense of community and respect for the farmer and producers who raise our food.