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Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket to host free culinary workshops in June

June 1, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Continuing a nearly 10-year tradition, the Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket will host free summer workshops every Saturday this June at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds at the alliance.

The first workshop begins Saturday, June 2, and continues during subsequent June Saturdays to offer visitors an opportunity to learn five different recipes using locally grown ingredients. Visitors will get a taste of the finished product and complimentary refreshment at the end of each class.

The first presentation will be instructed by local farmer, gardener and GreenMarket manager Santiago De Choch. He will introduce students to Poor Man's Caviar, a vegetarian dip that combines eggplants and sweet peppers as the main ingredients, both abundant and easy to grow this time of year in southwest Florida.

The recipe comes from De Choch's grandmother, a music lover, Holocaust survivor and prodigious cook, who, in turn, learned it from her own mother in her native Sofia, Bulgaria.

"The recipe will be shared exactly as she always prepared it, without the aid of technological advances like food processors," De Choch said. "My grandmother, who is getting ready to celebrate her 90th birthday, would be outraged if chopping vegetables was done with anything but a sharp knife, and likely interrupt the presentation if done otherwise."

Students who repeat the recipe at home, however, can probably cheat without danger of the indignant superannuated cook disrupting them.

Saturday recipe presentations continue with Tatiana Logvinova, Green Paradise Eco Farm; Robert Pascuzzi, owner of Brisket Brothers restaurant in Fort Myers; Ana Escalon, SOL Urban Farm; and Gina Ortiz, Gina's Tamales and Oaxacan Cuisine.

Recipes will be vegetarian, although eggs and dairy products may be used. Each workshop will feature as many local ingredients as possible, all of which are available at the GreenMarket.

Although the workshops are free, small donations are welcomed.

The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket strives to support local growers, bakers and artisans.

Workshops are rain or shine on the Greenmarket grounds or inside a classroom if weather is inclement.

For additional information about the presentations, call 239-939-2787 or visit

About the Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts.

The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturdays. The campus is located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

For additional information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at, find us on Facebook (, Instagram (@AlliancefortheArts) or follow us on Twitter (@ArtInLee).



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