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Press Release – Gourmet Cooking Classes at Salt of the Earth

January 28, 2013

From a Promote Michigan press release….

Gourmet Cooking Classes Come to Fennville’s “Salt of the Earth”
Hungry Village Tours and Salt of the Earth bring exclusive cooking lessons to the table.

Saugatuck, MI“Knead it,” “Grind it,” and “Toss it” at Salt of the Earth this winter! Join your friends at Salt of the Earth (SotE) for an exclusive glimpse into their kitchen as they present three intimate evenings with Chef Matthew Pietsch. These events will be demonstration based with hands-on elements throughout. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. and will last two to three hours. Included in these events will be a light, simple meal as well as recipes and instructional handouts.

“Salt of the Earth is typically closed on Tuesdays,” said David Geen of Hungry Village Tours. “Chef Matt is opening the restaurant specifically for these lessons so we have full use of the kitchen, restaurant, and most importantly, the complete and undivided attention of the chef!”

Tuesday, January 29th – “Knead It: The Secrets Behind SotE Seedy Salt and other Bread Techniques”. Salt of the Earth is known for their exceptional hearth-baked breads, including their signature loaf, Seedy Salt. Learn the secrets behind the SotE wood fired oven, wild cultured yeast, cold fermentation, and how to bake bread as it has been baked for hundreds of years. After the lesson, a simple dinner will be prepared and enjoyed with Chef Matt. Included with the lesson will be recipes for a simple approach to achieve SotE quality bread at home. Each participant will receive fresh-baked bread to bring home!

Tuesday, February 26th – “Grind It: The Art of Making Sausage”, also features a Michigan craft beer pairing. Pork is King at Salt of the Earth! SotE has featured its own house-made sausages since day one. Here is a chance to discover which cuts of meat are best to use, along with how to simply season pork. Discussion and demonstration will cover marinating, grinding, casing, and techniques for cooking a perfect link. As an added bonus, Michigan craft beer pairings will be explored with the flavor profiles in each sausage.

Tuesday, March 26th – “Toss It: Wood-Fired Pizza and Wine Pairing” will complete the series. At the centerpiece of the Salt of the Earth kitchen is an artisan wood fired oven. Chef Matthew has spent years perfecting SotE’s pizza dough and is anxious to pass this knowledge on. Amazing hand tossed dough combines with fresh locally sourced ingredients to create the perfect pie. Using a few special techniques for the crust, and under the direction of Chef Matt, participants will enjoy creating their own signature pizzas. Discussion will include tips to prepare amazing pizza at home. In addition, SotE Sommelier Jeremy Duggan will lead the group in a wine pairing discovering which varietals best accompany the pizza.

Classes will be limited to 20 people to maximize the experience. The cost for each event is $50.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information and reservations, call Hungry Village Tours at (269) 857-1700 or Salt of the Earth at (269) 561-SALT, or visit or

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