All Co-op classes take place in the Culinary Learning Center located in our Lebanon Store.
Come to class prepared to learn and eat! All classes include extensive samples or a meal.
Preregister online here. After preregistering, you will be contacted by one of our staff to complete the registration process.
Or, register and pay for the class at either the Hanover or Lebanon Service Desk or by phone at
(603) 643-2667. Payment is expected when you register and confirms your place in the class. You will receive a full refund when the Co-op has to cancel a class, or if you cancel your registration with the Service Desk staff at least two full days in advance. Please note: Member discount applies to only fully vested Co-op Members who have at least 10 shares. Want class updates by email? Join our list!
Hannah Brilling: Hannah is a recent addition to the Co-op staff, joining the team as the Nutrition Specialist. She is thrilled to bring her passion for science and wellness to the Culinary Learning Center in order to make healthy choices easier. She is a longtime yogi and lifelong foodie, and although passionate about vegetables, sometimes Hannah likes to have cupcakes after a salad.
Gloria Finkelstein: Gloria is a local teacher who loves being creative in the kitchen! She has a passion for everything Français & the french culture. She also has an Masters of Public Health - Health Promotion & Wellness. Growing up with an extended family and having many friends interested in food, culture, and tradition, Gloria naturally enjoys sharing many recipes: especially her grandmother's as well as recreating new & improved healthy & tasty 2017 menus.
Irene Fondriest: Originally from a small town in the Italian Alps, Irene has always enjoyed cooking and baking with her mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. This is how she learned the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine, which she continues to refine when cooking at home with her husband (also Italian) and her two young daughters. Founder of La Casetta Rossa, an Italian after-school program for children, Irene teaches the Italian language and culture to children of the Upper Valley. At her school, she routinely incorporates cooking activities in her language classes and runs fun cooking camps centered on the classic dishes of the Italian cuisine. When teaching her recipes, Irene is always proud to share the true characteristics of Italian cuisine: simplicity and use of fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Sonali Herath: Sonali is an enthusiastic foodie as well as a world traveler. She learned to cook from her father, and loves to share tips on the cuisine of her native Sri Lanka.
Mark and Phillipa Lilienthal: Phillipa (Dartmouth College ’99) and Mark Lilienthal (a Norwich native) recently moved to the Upper Valley after 2 ½ years in rural Burgundy, France where they closely studied food traditions and habits among the local population. During their time in Burgundy, Phillipa won multiple cooking contests against French competitors. Mark was a wine guide in some of the most famous vineyards in the world. They also organized and ran several hands-on cooking classes in Burgundy. They are both proud members of the Confrérie de la Poule au Pot d’Henry IV, or the Chicken in a Pot Brotherhood, a society for food enthusiasts based in Arnay-le-Duc.
Lindsay Smith: Lindsay is the new Food Educator for the Culinary Learning Center. Lindsay brings with her a lifelong passion for supporting local, sustainable agriculture and seasonal eating. She loves to cook and make the kitchen an accessible place for people of all ages. Lindsay also brings a wealth of teaching experience, especially in unconventional classrooms. She is very excited to join the CoOp team to both share with and learn from the entire community.