About Community Cuisine

Community Cuisine brings people together in the kitchen to cook, to learn, and to celebrate.

Food is a vehicle for gathering. It brings us around the table to connect with family and friends, new and old. Food should also nourish us physically and mentally - and it's meant to be enjoyed!

Preparing meals, however, can be daunting. Join us and learn how to master your kitchen.

  • We teach the art, technique and value of cooking. 

  • We share culinary traditions from both the past and the present, drawing from the rich cultures of our community.  

  • We connect the dots in our local food system by introducing the community to farmers, artisans, chefs, and others.

  • We celebrate life together by throwing delicious parties!

All classes incorporate professional cooking methodology that offers our students the tools they need to tackle any type of cuisine, menu, or diet.

We host: 

  • Cooking classes & demonstrations

  • Informational lectures and events

  • Food related educational events

For the home cook, our services include:

  • Cooking instruction in private and public settings

  • Private cooking parties

For businesses & professionals:

  • We offer restaurant, catering and food business consulting

  • We offer a space, promotion and support for professionals to teach cooking 

We believe:

  • in cooking our own food.

  • in putting real food on our tables.

  • food is a platform for health.

  • cooking and eating with people is a recipe for connection.

  • in a balance of "eating to live" and "living to eat". 

We love our community and believe:

  • we learn about other cultures by cooking their food and sharing their customs.

  • community benefits by sourcing foods from local community businesses. 

  • if the earth isn’t healthy, we aren’t healthy. We believe in respecting and stewarding our community and the planet. 


About Barbie Aknin



Barbie has provided cooking instruction in corporate settings, cooking schools, private parties, and in her own home for more than twenty years. She has extensive experience in catering, banquet, menu and recipe development, and consulting.

Barbie has also developed fundraising opportunities for non-profits, has established non-profit organizations from the ground up, and has developed annual fundraising drives and community outreach programs. 

She has diplomas in restaurant and food management from West Valley College in Saratoga and a Diplome Etudes de Culinaires from La Varenne Ecole De Cuisine in Paris, France.