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Food & Drink

DIY Delicious with the Institute of Domestic Technology

Learn Canning, Pickling, and More

holiday foodcrafting!

Today, your male co-worker is dressed as Rebecca Black and there are “bloody eyeball” cupcakes in the break room. But it’s tomorrow (i.e., the kick-off of holiday shopping season) that’s giving you a good scare.

Skip the mall gridlock and give the DIY gift that keeps on spicing/flavoring/seasoning with The Institute of Domestic Technology’s all-day Foodcrafting Gifts for the Holidays workshop, held in the commercial-style kitchen of Altadena’s historic Zane Grey estate.

Learn to preserve pears with jam master Kevin West, make vanilla extract and artisanal liqueur with the Institute’s director, Joseph Shuldiner, and take in a tutorial in spice-mixing (mulling, chai masala) with The Press Restaurant owner Steve Rudicel. (Tip: Take-homes will be plentiful, so pack a bag.)

Can’t make it this weekend? Check out the Institute’s ongoing urban homesteading seminars on mustard-making, coffee-roasting, pickling, and (on December 3) holiday cocktail crafting with touted mixologist Joshua McIver.

Now ain’t that a treat?

Foodcrafting Gifts for the Holidays, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at The Institute for Domestic Technology. (You will get the address after you sign up.) To buy a ticket, go to instituteofdomestictechnology.com, $195. For more information, email director@instituteoftechnology.com.

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