Food Education

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Throughout the course of the year, Luther offers a wide range of food education classes to members of the campus community. Decorah is situated amidst a richly diverse agricultural landscape and residents have access to an abundance of locally produced seasonal produce. These events are meant to provide a time and space for faculty and staff from different parts of campus to spend time together while learning a new skill and eating something delicious. All participants of the CSA Rebate Program are required to participate in two opportunities over the course of the summer. 

There are some classes offered at Luther over the Noon hour and also a wide range of classes offered down at the Oneota Community Coop Kitchen Classroom. You may even recognize a few instructors! Thanks to our staff and faculty who are sharing their skills this summer as part of the "CSA Series" at the Coop. Registration for classes held at Luther is via the linked google forms. Registration for the Coop classes is done via the Coop's website. Luther will provide 2 vouchers to each CSA Rebate Program participant that can be used for participation in the Coop's "CSA Series" classes. Please note that each household receives 2 vouchers to be used at 2 distinct classes. If you would like to attend a Coop CSA Series class with another member of your household, you may sign that person up separately and will need to pay the registration fee. Please also note that vouchers are only valid for classes that are part of the "CSA Series."

On Campus Classes

When: 12-1pm
Where: Valders 379

June 27th - Quick Curry
An introduction to two different South-Asian inspired dishes. First, we’re going to take stir-frying to the next level with an oh-so-quick and fresh Thai-inspired vegan curry. Adaptable to whatever seasonal veggies are on hand, this is a versatile and flavor-packed approach to cleaning out the CSA box. Second, we’ll try our hand at an Indian classic, creamy Saag curry, which can help reduce that ominous pile of fresh greens to a more manageable, nutrient-packed proportion. Sign up here!

July 11th - The Best Season for a Cool Dip
Summer is here, and so are parties and potlucks. Take along one of these cool make-ahead mixes to dress up raw veggies and other delectable dip-ables. Spend less time in the kitchen, and more time chilling out at your next gathering. Swimming pool optional. Sign up here!

July 18th - Fast and Fresh Pasta Sauces
With our busy lives, we can’t always find the time to prepare a slow cooked sauce like Grandma used to make, but that doesn’t mean we can’t savor the tastes of summer on any given weeknight. We’ll go over a few ways of adding garden fresh flavor and variety to one of our favorite pantry staples. Sign up here!

July 24th- Halt the Salt! Save the Herbs
Join the Wellness staff to learn simple ways to cut back on salt and preserve and store bulk amounts of herbs to use all year long to flavor foods. Freezing, drying (no dehydrator necessary!), and growing indoors year round will be covered. Sign up here! 

August 8th - Spring Rolls
One of the freshest ways to enjoy that garden bounty. Learn the art of making spring rolls and the versatility they provide. Not only will you learn how to wrap and present spring rolls but also receive many ideas for fillings and dipping sauces. Spring rolls are perfect for summer dining – light, healthy, and fresh. Sign up here!

Oneota Coop "CSA Series" Classes

Check out Oneota Coop's website for the current listing of classes offered. Remember, Luther will provide 2 vouchers to each CSA Rebate Program participant that can be used for participation in the Coop's "CSA Series" classes.  

Cafeteria to Community Volunteering

When: Sunday and Wednesday evenings (academic year), Mondays and Thursdays from 12:45-1:45 (summer)
Location: Cafeteria Kitchen

The goal of Luther’s Cafeteria to Community Program is to ensure that good food makes it onto the plates of those who need it. Through this program, student coordinators work in close collaboration with dining services staff to package food into quart sized containers that will be labeled and delivered to the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry twice weekly. Donations include soup, main entrees, homemade pasta sauce, vegetables, salads and more. This is a great volunteer opportunity both in the summer and throughout the academic year. Visit Cafeteria to Community Program to find available shifts.