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Leslie Cerier in the kitchen of her natural passive solar home in Shutesbury


Staff Writer at The Greenfield Recorder
Published: 9/10/2020 9:25:03 AM

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Shutesbury chef Leslie Cerier will be hosting a remote hands-on cooking class this weekend featuring culinary techniques and farm-to-table inspired recipes.

“I’m doing it as the theme of Rosh Hashanah being new. I’m offering new recipes and highlighting local organic honey,” said Cerier, who is the owner of “The Organic Gourmet,” a vegetarian cooking school that’s based in Amherst.

The class, which will take place Sunday on Zoom from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is limited to 20 people, 15 adults and five children ages 9 years old and up. Through sponsorship from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, registration is $15 for adults and free for children. 

“Rosh Hashanah is about welcoming in a sweet new year — traditionally, people have apples and honey as part of the traditional meal. Traditionally, there is a honey cake made,” Cerier said. “It’s a great way to prepare for the holidays.”

After registering, participants will receive recipes, a list of ingredients, cookware, kitchen tools and utensils to follow along during the class to make gluten-free honey and spice cake and honey hazelnut treats.

In order to participate and get the Zoom link email and include the names and emails of everyone who is registering. Payments can be sent via Venmo to Leslie-Cerier or via PayPal by email at For more information, visit

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