We have wonderful classes lined up for the month of March! Register online via the ticket links below or sign up in person with our staff at the registers. All classes and events are located in the Flatlander Classroom at Common Ground,
300 S. Broadway Avenue in the Lincoln Square Mall.
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Ethiopian Flavors: Vegan Lentil Stew
Common Ground Food Co-operative, Urbana
Led by Co-op Owner & Co-op Teacher, Tesfaye
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Join Tesfaye Wolde-Medhin as he shares the cuisine and culture of his birthland. You'll learn how to make traditional Ethiopian lentil stew and greens; they will be served with some of Tesfaye's famous injera! All the recipes are vegan, too!
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Homemade Dog Treats
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op Teacher & Board Member, Evelyne Tardy
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
 We can all agree our pups quickly become one of the family, so why not feed them like it!? If your furry friend is like a kid to you, attend this make-and-take class to learn a tasty recipe for homemade dog biscuits. Save them for the dogs in your life or gift them to your dog lover friends! Class includes homemade dog treats to take home.
Sat, Mar 7, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Co-op Seed Swap
Common Ground Food Co-op, Mall Hallway
It’s time to start planning your garden and trading seeds with your neighbors! Join us for our annual Co-op Seed Swap on Saturday March 7th from 10-1pm in the Co-op Mall Hallway. It's free and we usually have hundreds of seed packets to share. Bring seeds to share and/or pick seeds to take home to plant this growing season. We’ll also have a tips and tricks on successful seed starting, sowing techniques, and transplanting. Whether you're starting a pollinator flower patch or a vegetable garden, stock up on unique seeds you'll enjoy watching grow.
Thu, Mar 12, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Apartment Gardening
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by UIUC student, Emily
$10 owner/ $15 non-owner
Learn how to grow your own garden in your apartment, small patio, or balcony and plant seeds to start your very own garden in this class. This class will cover seed starting, container gardening, and the perfect herbs, veggies, and other plants to grow in this small setting. Each attendee will choose various seeds to grow and will sow their seeds in their own seedling tray during class to take home and care for.
Sat, Mar 14, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Indian Flavors: Pav Bhaji
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher, Sirisha Bhandaru
$10 owner / $15 non-owner
Learn how to make the delicious street food of Mumbai: Pav Bhaji, a spicy mixed vegetable dish served with toasted pav bread. Sirisha is back to share how to make one of her favorite dishes, Pav Bhaji. This vegetable dish is topped with a dash of melting butter, onions and cilantro served with butter toasted pav (bread) used to mop up the spicy bhaji. 
Wed, Mar 18, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Vegan Tamales
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher and staff member, Vivianne
$10 owner / $15 non-owner
We're lucky to have one of our Co-op staff members teaching her favorite family recipe of vegan tamales including savory vegetable tamales and sweet dulces tamales with mixed berries and agave. Vivi Anne will teach how to make masa harina and salsa verde and salsa roja, two traditional spicy hot salsas. Recipes are vegan and also gluten free.
Sat, Mar 21, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi)
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher, Huan Song
$10 owner / $15 non-owner
Join us for a hands on cooking class with our new Co-op teacher and Chinese home cook, Huan, who will be sharing her grandmother's famous recipe for Chinese Dumplings filled with local ground pork and fresh ginger. Huan's family is renown for their dumpling and wanton market stands in China and this class will be perfect for beginners. Huan will share tips on filing, folding, steaming, how to store freshly made dumplings, as well as the differences between dumplings and pot stickers.
Thu, Mar 26, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Face Scrub, Body Scrub, & Cleansing Balm
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher and local flower & herb farmer, Joan of Old Town Flowers
Learn how to make your own face scrub, body scrub, and cleansing balm with Joan, herb and flower famer of Old Town Flowers! Joan will show you how to make these three recipes using natural ingredients that you'll enjoy adding to your skin care routine. Participants will help with the preparation of each and will take home all three.
Sat, Mar 28, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Mediterranean Series: Greek Lemon Chicken & Pasta Salad
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher and Local Chef Leah Bodine
$10 owner / $15 non-owner / $30 for three-part series
This Spring, we are hosting a three part series of Mediterranean cooking classes with Chef Leah Bodine teaching classic Greek, Moroccan, and Egyptian dishes. For the first class on March 28th, learn how to make Greek lemon chicken and Greek pasta salad. Leah will share her cooking techniques, budget friendly tips, and her favorite recipes from her travels.

(Greek: Saturday 2/28 2-4pm; Moroccan: 4/25 2-4pm; Egyptian: 5/23 2-4pm)
Sat, Apr 25, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Mediterranean Series: Moroccan
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Sat, May 23, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Mediterranean Series: Egyptian
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Sat, Apr 4, 2020 2:00 PM CST
Choux à la crème (Cream Puffs)
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana
Led by Co-op teacher, Quentin
$10 owner / $15 non-owner
Learn how to make traditional French choux à la crème (Cream Puffs), the delicious pastry filled with homemade vanilla bean custard. Quentin, French home cook, will share his family's recipe in this hands-on class. Learn how to pipe the choux pastry, fill with homemade vanilla bean custard, then icing with the traditional lemon glaçage icing.