Come to one of my upcoming cooking classes. Here’s a sneak peak!
Spring/Summer Farm to Table Hands On Cooking Classes and Events
The Sweet Spot Improvised food and music event with The Organic Gourmet Vegetarian Chef Leslie Cerier and Cellist/Composer Stephen Katz; May 27, 2 – 4 PM, Amherst, Massachusetts
Join Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet Chef, and Stephen Katz, cellist and composer for an up close and personal look at improvisational cooking and music making. In a relaxed, warm and nourishing environment, Leslie will show you how she mixes and matches our local harvest to make a delicious dish for us all to eat, while Stephen creates an original score by looping the sounds in the kitchen with spontaneous live cello music!
The Contemplative Feast; Expanding into Joy; June 16, 11AM-2PM; Shutesbury, MA with Mother Daughter Team, Leslie Cerier and Michelle Huber
Come set up a grounded foundation to EXPAND into JOY with Mother Daughter Team, Leslie Cerier and Michelle Huber. Movement explorations, meditation, writing, Gourmet Organic Vegetarian Gluten-Free Lunch and more. Weather permitting we will spend time outside!
June 29-July 1; Spice It Up! Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices; Hands On Vegetarian Farm to Table Cooking Class; Shutesbury, MA (Friday – Sunday)
A pinch of this, a sprinkle of that—the right herbs and spices enhance the flavor of any dish. This fun and informative garden to table hands-on vegetarian cooking class is designed for both novice and seasoned cooks. Gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier shows you how to use herbs and spices to make delicious, healthy, globally inspired dishes, from appetizers to desserts. We take our inspiration from the bounty of Leslie’s organic garden, as we pick herbs, vegetables and edible flowers to prepare our lunch and dinner Saturday…
July 4; 4-9PM; Evergreen Freedom Feast & Kirtan; Shutesbury, MA
John will host at this July 4th celebration at his lovely Evergreen home on Montague Rd in Shutesbury MA. $40 covers hearty organic, vegetarian, appetizers by Leslie Cerier and heart-opening kirtan chanting with Adam Bauer and friends. BYO pot luck drinks and desserts. Please buy tix here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evergreen-freedom-feast-kirtan-tickets-45906319036?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button
Limited to 100 attendees so please purchase your tickets early!
Private hands On Organic Vegetarian Cooking Class
Book a 2, 3, or 4 hour customized private hands-on vegetarian cooking class for yourself or for up to 3 people. Come cook and feast on exciting vegetarian dishes that will enhance your immune system, give you energy, rejuvenate your senses, keep your bones strong, and help you maintain an active lifestyle. Classes are fun and delicious and you get to pack up everything we make and take it home with you. Overnight accommodations available at Leslie’s Organic B&B for extra fees.
Leslie teaches private Hands on Cooking Classes in Shutesbury, MA, located near Amherst and Northampton, MA; in New England; Western MA, New Hampshire, Connecticut and is willing to travel to your home worldwide. Leslie also leads chef training worldwide.
Contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-259-1695 to schedule your lesson and discuss what you would like to learn…
Gourmet Getaway Weekend
Come feast and learn how to cook luscious farm to table, organic vegetarian meals with Leslie Cerier in the beautiful woods in Western Massachusetts!
“My friend, Trish Yauch, and I Julie Mc Kay took your hands on vegetarian cooking workshop, Savoring Life, Luscious Cooking for Health at Kripalu last Fall, and have been practicing your recipes. On Saturday, we led a one day retreat at my home yoga studio in Stow, MA for 14 lovely women, and served up a terrific lunch. We are so grateful for all the wisdom you shared.”
-Julie McKay, March 2017
It has been my good fortune to have taken 2 workshops with Leslie Cerier this summer. It was instructive, practical and fun. I tasted and experienced new foods, learned cooking techniques, and prepared many new recipes. I highly recommend you taking a workshop with Leslie.
– Rosemary Fortino, participant in Cooking for Digestive Health and Happiness July 2016 and Savoring Life, Luscious Cooking for Health September 2016
I had the pleasure of attending the Cooking for Digestive Health Workshop at Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health. Leslie shared her passion for organic vegetarian cooking in a fun and interactive program. Since returning home, I have been eating a lot more greens, beets, legumes, hemp seeds etc.. Who knew it would be so easy to create vegetarian meals for my family 2-3 nights per week. I am using Leslie’s Gluten Free cookbook and have been inspired to introduce new gluten free pasta and beans into our meals. I am enjoying Tiger Nuts and fruit for my morning and afternoon snack at work. I am feeling much more energized and healthy.
Today, I am taking my mom for lunch to a vegetarian restaurant; a first for her. I even had a man ask me at a baseball game where I bought Tiger nuts….. he was looking for them and could not find them. I am feeling better eating Tiger nuts at the ballgame with water rather than hotdogs and beer.
With mentorship from Leslie and co-facilitator Kathie Swift, I am paying a lot more attention to my gut health; especially how my body reacts to sugar and fatty foods. This has lead me to make healthier choices in the kitchen and daily life. Leslie has motivated me to take time to purchase non-gmo organic fresh food and to chop, prepare and cook with positive energy. She encouraged me to take time daily to enjoy nature. Perhaps most importantly, she has inspired me to enjoy nutricious and delicious food while cooking and socializing with family and friends.
Treat yourself to a workshop with Leslie. Your body will thank you. By the way, sharing her Chocolate Truffles (I call them bliss balls!) with your friends may increase your invitations to social gatherings!
– Faye Yuen, MSW, RSW; Ottawa, Ontario; participant in Cooking for Digestive Health and Happiness July 2016
The moment I met Leslie Cerier and her daughter, Michelle, I noticed how remarkable their “Inner Light Sparkle” is and as we joyfully cooked together… I cherished their warm hearts and admired their exceptional good energy. I said to myself and my sister, Karen, ”We need some of how they are living in our lives, too !”. The good cooking, the good lifestyle, the good organic whole foods… all reflected and shimmering within Leslie and her daughter made me a believer. I was hooked and I will continue to seek out Leslie’s wisdom, intuitive take on healthy eating and abundant yummy recipes! She makes life so easy and enjoyable for all those fortunate enough to be in her presence… and in her kitchen and garden. As you may have guessed…Leslie knows how to live life fully outside of her love affair with food, too. She can’t get enough of a good time …whether she is splashing around in the lake, sharing a laugh or two with her friends or savoring one of her luscious dark chocolate truffles! I thoroughly enjoyed being and cooking with her and you will too! She will give you what you need plus lots more. I adoringly call Leslie …my One and Only” Organic Whole Foods Guru”!!! What I learned from Leslie truly changed my life…so be transformed and live a long active healthy life …start cooking with Leslie Cerier now!!!…Her cookbooks are a pleasure and so helpful, too.
– Diane Pomante, Manchester, MA; participant in Cooking for Digestive Health and Happiness July 2016
I had the most wondrous, magical time attending Leslie’s cooking class at Kripalu and I was fortunate enough to have my sister at my side. Leslie inspired us to get out of our “Comfort Zone”, i.e., our seats, and ride our white horses into the kitchen to join her there on our quest to actually enjoy the “Art of Cooking”. It seemed liked a far away place to me but I realized soon, thereafter, that it was filled with riches beyond compare. We were so fortunate to have Leslie as our instructor. She is a gourmet cook with a flair for adding her “sweetness” to every dish. I never really thought I could do this when I got home, however, I was delighted to find out that I was truly living a fairy tale. Attend one of her classes or workshops and make it a family affair that will be one to remember!!!
– Karen Rollins, Mt. Pleasant, SC, participant in Cooking for Digestive Health and Happiness July 2016
Thought of you, Leslie as I was shopping at whole foods earlier today and stocked up on everything organic and lots of sweet potato and butternut squash pre cut swirls to sautée . Your class really changed my mind set.
– Naomi Dorfman, NYC,NY, participant in Cooking for Digestive Health and Happiness July 2016
Thank you again for a fascinating class and an incredible weekend of new intriguing foods. I stopped on my way home and picked up Amaranth, Teff, Buckwheat flour, a good sized vat of Nutiva Coconut Oil & Red Palm Oil and a few other things. Next, I’ll be locating some of the other fun ingredients and get right into it. And thank you for such an enjoyable class. Your scintillation brought such warmth and excitement to the classroom. And now I am a day closer to going wild in my own kitchen.
– Laura Schoen, Boston, MA, participant in Vegetarian Express, Luscious Meals in Minutes May 2016
Your cooking and recipes are fantastic and you have helped so many to get on a better eating program. Took your class at Kripalu with my son. He is cooking up a storm with your great recipes! So am I! Namaste,
– Nancy Neal
First, thanks so much for teaching me conscious cooking last weekend (Jan 15-17, 2016) at Kripalu. I’m not sure if that was your intended lesson, but it certainly expanded my awareness of food preparation. Thanks again.
– Bruce Levkoff, CT
I just wanted to let you know that I loved spending the weekend learning from you. I just finished having a long dinner conversation with my husband and I had so many wonderful things to share that you taught me.
Please know that I LOVED your class, your energy, and your passion for healthy living. I am looking forward to trying many of your recipes from your website and I will be making the truffles as soon as I purchase the ingredients with my family. I also had so much confidence in just going for it in the kitchen and tasting as I go! Thank you again!
– Rebecca Geranis, ME; partipant in Spice It Up!, Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices 2016
It was great to meet you at the Women’s Herbal Conference this weekend (August 2015). Thanks for the wonderful cooking classes you facilitated. Your style and the information you shared has empowered me to return to cooking more! I made the teff porridge with cinnamon and dates this morning (from your cookbook), and it was so amazing!!! I feel like I have more energy to start my day! I can’t wait to make more of the recipes. I feel so empowered and my jazz for cooking has returned, and I wanted to share this feedback with you. Thanks again!
– Ellen S
First, let me take a moment to thank you for teaching your classes at the Natural Gourmet. They were well received. I really enjoyed sitting in and listening to you. You have a nice and easy way about you and are generous with your information.
– Judith Friedman, Former Director of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, NYC
Leslie’s approach to cooking fits into my life. Giving definitions of ingredients, easy-to-follow charts, clear directions, and substitutions/variations, Leslie has inspired me to eat healthier and to expand the repertoire of meals that I prepare. Leslie’s recipes are quick and easy, and with a little advanced planning, they can be made when I get home from work. I took a 5-day program with Leslie and found her to be very supportive, encouraging, and approachable – she answered every one of my many questions! Thank you again Leslie, for a wonderful workshop. I hope our paths will cross again some day. Namaste
– Diane McNamara, Philadelphia, PA
I have always wanted to improvise as a cook, tailoring recipes to my tastes, my whims, and the ingredients I have on hand. What has been holding me back has been the nervousness of ruining a dish – making it too spicy, too bland, or creating a different texture. Through her hands-on cooking class, Leslie helped me to conquer this fear. She taught me how to adapt and personalize recipes, and also how to correct flavors at the end of the cooking process when I don’t like how they have come out. This has made all the difference in my cooking style, and I can confidently say that I now know how to “adjust to taste”.
– Amberly Tenney, workshop participant in “Spice It Up! Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices January 2014
I came home and was inspired by you. I cleaned out my pantry and realized I had some products right in my pantry that I thought I would have to buy… Your class was great and I enjoyed it immensely. I also enjoyed your attitude towards food and your understanding and patience of those that are just starting to contemplate changes within themselves.
– Rasheeda, Dietician, Bronxville, New York Participant in Cooking for Womens Health
Thank you, Leslie! The private cooking class was absolutely wonderful. I made the tempeh stir fry last night, and it was a huge hit with my husband! He even said it was his favorite tempeh dish he had ever tasted! You have also inspired me to buy more locally grown produce. It really does make a difference!
– Sarah Selden, New York City May , 2014
Great Class! The instructions, guidelines and basic information were clear. The answers to specific questions were answered in detail. I believe I can apply this class to cooking at home.
– Lisa Moore, Sunderland, MA
Thanks for SUCH a great class… I already made the peanut butter choc. chip cookies w/ the teff flour … so yummy! You empowered me — which is exactly what I needed … I needed to deconstruct my intimidation with things like quinoa … so thank you! It’s been fun flipping through the book, I’m really glad I bought it. Grrrreat to meet you — thanks again — I’m sure I will see you again.
– Love & Peace, Tricia Armstrong, Northampton, MA
Leslie gave me an experience that was hands on. Smelling, tasting different products that we cooked or that she bought in to sample. I am no longer intimidated by the process and when i see recipes now, that seem somewhat healthy, i think back and say to myself what would Leslie use as a substitute to make this meal more medicinal so i am getting the right nutrients so less supplements are needed.
– Annemarie, participant in Gluten-Free cooking class at Omega Institute, NY
I attended your gluten-free cooking weekend workshop at Kriipalu Center for Yoga and Wellness. I just wanted to tell you that guests that recently stayed with us at our bed and breakfast RAVED about the gluten free goodies I was able to prepare for them. I made the banana pancakes one day and the cranberry crisp another. Very yummy and as our guest said “its a keeper! Hope to see you again soon.
– Leslie Kiersted, Pickle Hill B and B, Binghamton NY 13901
I attended your workshop at Omega that you and Melinda Dennis did together. OMG I am still putting into place all the great things you taught us. I so loved your style of sharing – you are a wealth of information, it was so great that you shared so much as you demonstrated your fabulous recipes. I have shared your name and cook book titles with many coworkers and family members- I have two and they are both so wonderful. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you.
– Denise Fuller, Florida