Cooking demonstration put on by chef at Oakland County Farmer’s Market – The Oakland Press

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A cooking demonstration was put on by Chef Matt Schellig of Dorsey Schools Culinary Academy from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Oakland County Farmer’s Market, located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.

The demonstration was part of an ongoing series of events where Oakland County Farmers Market vendors donate local produce and other items for recipe demonstrations, entitled “Cooking with EdibleWow”.

The free demonstrations take place at the same time on Saturdays at the farmer’s market through March, with several other chefs presenting including:

  • Chef Ernesto Antopia of Café Cortina on January 11
  • Chef Laura Romito of High 5 Salts with Benefits on February 8
  • Chef Maxcel Hard of COOP on February 22
  • Chef Mike Metevia of SLOWS BAR BQ on March 14
  • Chefs Jeremy Abbey and John Piazza of Soil2Service on March 28

Vendors donating local food products for the demonstrations include Penzien’s Produce in Imlay City, Milford Spice Company and Brookwood Fruit Farm in Almont.

Saturday’s Vendor Spotlight was on Sweetz, a Michigan-based maple syrup company.

EdibleWOW Magazine, which sponsors the series, is a magazine which reports on the local food scene in southeast Michigan and seeks to report on behind-the-scenes information on residents’ favorite chefs, restaurants and farmers, according to their Facebook page.

According to their website, EdibleWOW’s coverage of the local foodshed originally started 10 years ago with Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties but then expanded to include all of Southeast Michigan.

The Oakland County Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April, when it transitions back to being open at the same time three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

According the, the market provides grower-direct fresh produce, flowers and hand-made goods. Vendors typically showcase their products via indoor and outdoor stalls.

Jeremy Brown, manager of the Oakland County Farmers Market, has been running EdibleWOW cooking demonstrations at the market for several years. When asked why he does it, he said he does it to spread awareness about the market.

“This is actually our 5th year doing it cooking with Edible Wow series. We do it for awareness of our winter farmers market,” Brown said.

“The market is open January through April on Saturday’s only. A lot of people are not accustomed to coming to the Farmers Market in the winter time so this is an opportunity to create awareness to get people to get out of their house in the winter and coming to a demo and come and prepare some of the food that is available here and to sample what is being prepared,” he said.

Because the events are free, no registration is required to participate.

New this year is an audio system for presenters, so attendees can clearly hear the chef giving the demonstration.

Along with uncovering cooking secrets and new recipes, attendees can also sample the prepared dishes.

Liz Droulard, a West Bloomfield resident, and Lou Ann Laviolette, a Waterford resident, decided to try some samples at Saturday’s demonstration.

When asked what they tried, however, Laviolette said she didn’t know. 

“I am not sure what it is,” she said. “It was cornbread with pickles and BBQ sauce on it.”

Droulard, when asked, said she thought it was good, though.

“It was, very, very good. It was very different,” she said.

“We love these because it in Oakland County and its free. We can come here for free and see these demos. It’s pretty cool.”

For more information on the Oakland County Farmer’s Market, visit their page on Oakland County’s website or go to their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Or, call (248) 858-5495 and/or email [email protected]

Visit the event page on Facebook for more information on the EdibleWow demonstrations.

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