So what is "Classic Vermont Country Cookin'?"
Classic Vermont Country Cookin’, named for us by the wonderful Brandon artist Warren Kimble, is a hands-on, farm to table, local produce, cooking class, taking full advantage of the lovely village of Brandon, Vermont. Judy Bunde, the Innkeeper of The Inn on Park Street in the village of Brandon, and Lyn Des Marais, owner of The Swallows’ Nest guest house at the Des Marais Farm, will be your hosts, teachers, and tour guides. We will laugh, cook, learn, walk, and talk together!
You’ll make cheese alongside an artisan VT cheese-maker; we will introduce you to Vermont’s famous maple syrup industry; bake bread with a local baker right in the bakery’s kitchen; make items from your visit to farmers’ markets or farm stands; make dinners at the Inn; and create a complete country breakfast buffet with recipes you can easily use at home to expand your own entertaining repertoire. The last dinner will be outside overlooking the private wildlife preserve at the Des Marais Farm.
Each program is limited to 8 participants, so booking early is recommended.
Exactly what is included in the stated price?
Absolutely ALL lodging, All meals (3 per day), More than 7 individual classes and tastings, All working materials including ingredients and cookware, a final recipe book, and even VT lodging taxes!
May I bring a friend/companion along who doesn’t want to cook?
Yes, a non-cook companion is more than welcome. S/he may share your room with you, have breakfast and dinner with you each day, and explore the area’s extensive hiking, biking, boating, lakes, shopping, sight-seeing, culture etc. for an additional cost of $300, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
Do I need to bring any tools or special supplies?
Absolutely all class materials and supplies are provided for each of our students, so there is no need to add extra weight to your suitcase! However, because we will be visiting working farms we definitely suggest packing comfortable, casual clothing (that you won't mind getting dirty) and some sneakers or other closed-toe shoes - we’ll be visiting farms and other outdoor places frequently.
How early may I arrive and may I extend my stay for a day or two?
You (and your travel companion) may arrive any time after noon on the first day of scheduled events. If the room is available, you may be able to come a day early, or stay a day later, for a reduced rate of XX%. (NB: This applies only to the Inn on Park Street, and includes bed and breakfast only.)
What is the cancellation policy? (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
As this is the premiere culinary education venue for New England, in unimaginably desirable Vermont, with such a limited number of participants possible, there will likely be a waiting list for admission. Because of this, we will be requesting a 50% deposit upon registration, and 30 days before the session begins, the remainder of the balance will be due.
If a student is unable to attend the session within 30 days before the start of any program, s/he may transfer the tuition to any future program, or choose to receive a refund (less $150 administrative fees). If the student cancels prior to 30 days before the start of any program, unfortunately no refund will be issued.
Because of this, we HIGHLY recommend Travel Insurance in case you have to cancel your trip, as well as ensure that you have insurance for accidents, health, baggage and personal effects loss or damage.
If WE have to cancel for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible and we will issue you a full refund. However, the costs of travel arrangements you may have made will not be reimbursed.
These are, of course, just guidelines. We are reasonable people, and should you have a problem, please feel free to contact us at any time with any issues. We want this to be informative, enjoyable, and stress-free, and anything we can do to facilitate your positive experience, we will venture to do!