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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2024 | 6:30 PM

with Laura Cochran and PJ Hinkel of Sweet Freedom Cheese

Join us in the HKS Kitchen as Chefs Laura and PJ teach us how to make Chicken and Dumplings from scratch, with fluffy dumplings just like Grandma used to make! Chef PJ will have Bierock ready for guests as they arrive - these are baked beauties bursting with cabbage and beef. In the hands on portion, the participants will prepare vegetables, make dough for dumplings and learn the secret to a perfect roux -all of the ingredients necessary for scratch made Chicken-N-Dumplings! Recipes will be provided.


*All class ticket sales are final. No refunds or credit transfers to other classes are available.*



Chef Laura Cochran, Sweet Freedom Head Cheesemonger

Chef Laura grew up in Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas, earning a degree in French. After 10 years in collegiate administration, Laura pursued a long-held dream to attend culinary school, during which she began her career in cheese at Sweet Freedom Cheese. Graduating from Brightwater in 2020 with a degree in Food Studies and emphasis in Artisanal Foods, Laura holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, and ServSafe Food Manager and recently became a Certified Cheese Professional from the American Cheese Society. Her favorite part of the culinary world is learning about foods sourced and produced using old-world style techniques, particularly honey cultivation, bread making, and (of course) cheesemaking.

Chef PJ Hinkel, Sweet Freedom Director of Culinary Experience

Building on her experiences working in the food industry, Chef PattyJo moved from her home state of Wyoming to Arkansas in the fall of 2017 to attend Brightwater culinary school where she graduated with a triple-threat of degrees in Culinary, Artisanal Foods, and Pastry Arts in 2020. She holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, ServSafe Food Manager, and Specialty Coffee Association barista. PJ joined the team at Sweet Freedom Cheese in 2019 after completing her culinary internship and is the Director of Culinary Experience, leading the kitchen team in creating gorgeous cheese-focused dishes and show-stopping cheese & charcuterie boards.

 Photo credit bowlofdelicious.com

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