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COOK: Healthy Eating on a Budget
Tuesday, January 5th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Feel empowered to prepare fresh healthy foods, even when limited by the size of your wallet. Through participation in discussion, tasting and food preparation, participants will explore strategies for procuring nourishing and affordable food, how to recognize healthy, fresh choices, and tasty and versatile preparation methods.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

KIDS: Kids in the Kitchen: Crazy Calzones
Friday, January 8th 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 4-7. Calzones are Italian folded pizzas that can be filled with endless ingredients. In this class, participants will prepare fresh fillings, homemade tomato sauce, and hand stretch dough to create their own calzone.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

PRESERVE: Fermentation Basics: Sauerkraut
Tuesday, January 12th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Max Wilke
Fee: $10 for Owners, $20 for non-owners.

Sauerkraut is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable and economical ways to use cabbage, and get the last of the fall harvest to survive into spring and summer. It's also a great ferment for people new to the craft. We'll demonstrate a basic sauerkraut recipe, a couple twists for flavor, and a classic Alsatian recipe to use it with.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: What You Can Do to Help People Comply with New Voter ID Law
Wednesday, January 13th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: League of Women Voters
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

With new laws for voter registration and casting a ballot, it is critical that we all be voting ambassadors. For most people voting is still easy, but for a surprising number of people it will be a challenge. Even if you’re sure you have the documentation you need, you probably know someone who does not. Learn how to comply with the new laws, and help your family and friends to do so as well.

League of Women Voters is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

LECTURE: Holistic Approach to Fats and Cardiovascular Health
Thursday, January 14th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Katy Wallace, Human Nature LLC
Fee: Free; registration is required

We'll cover the basic facts about fats and their link with heart health. We will address the effects of fats (unrefined, expeller-pressed, and refined) including those that cause inflammation and those that heal.

Please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

SIMPLY: Simply Owners: An Introduction to Ownership at Willy Street Co-op
Tuesday, January 19th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ashley Kuehl
Fee: Free; registration is required

Join Ashley Kuehl, Owner Records Administrator, to gain a better understanding of the rights, benefits, and history of ownership at Willy Street Co-op.

Please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

CONSULT: Individual Nutrition Consultations
Friday, January 29th 11:30am to 2:45pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature, LLC includes a consultation regarding your health goals and lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling, otherwise the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior.

To register for the next available opening, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (link sends e-mail) or call 608-301-9961. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven or more days prior.

HERBS: 3 Herbs to Start Using Today
Sunday, January 31st 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Herbshave the capacity to promote health, strengthen the immune system, prevent seasonal allergies, and much more! Join herbalist Linda Conroy as she introduces you to three easily accessible herbs and their applications. Samples and recipes will be provided.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

COOK: Hot Pot—A Classic Northern China Style Of Cooking
Tuesday, February 2nd 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Imagine a beautiful, aromatic, hot cooking broth simmering away right at the center of your table with various thinly sliced proteins, veggies and dipping sauce. Chef Paul will introduce ideas for how to prepare dishes using this simple cooking style from scratch. This is a vegetarian-friendly class.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

DIY: Herbal and Goat Milk Soap Making
Sunday, February 7th 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $45 for Owners; $50 for non-owners

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. Participants will go home with soap made in class, along with instructions and recipes for making soap at home. All supplies provided. Dress to mess!

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

HERBS: Tea with Maleah: Tea and Chocolate - An Unexpected Pairing
Wednesday, February 10th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Maleah Moskoff
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Tea and chocolate enhance each other in heavenly confluence and confections. They work well together because tea, like chocolate, shares the same high notes, floral qualities and bite from astringency and tannins. same comparison can be made of varietal chocolates. This hands-on sampling/pairing will include 5 teas and 5 chocolates from around the world.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

GARDEN: Container Gardening For Small Spaces
Thursday, February 11th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Ben Becker to look at growing plants in small spaces. This class will explore how to grow plants in your apartment or on your front porch. Learn how to start plants before the spring thaw, build cold frames to extend the growing season, and how to keep fresh potted herbs in your kitchen.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

KIDS: Kids in the Kitchen: Better Breakfast
Friday, February 12th 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 9-12. In this class kids will mix, measure and pour as they create Banana Muffins. Participants will also blend up a delicious Breakfast Smoothie, and best of all, crack, whip, and carefully cook the perfect Cheesy Scrambled Eggs.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

CONSULT: Individual Nutrition Consultations
Tuesday, February 16th 11:30am to 2:45pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature, LLC includes a consultation regarding your health goals and lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling, otherwise the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior.

To register for the next available opening, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (link sends e-mail) or call 608-301-9961. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven or more days prior.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: Helping Latin American Entrepreneurs through Microfinance
Tuesday, February 16th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Jeanne Duffy, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a nonprofit impact investing fund providing microfinance loans and working capital to microfinance organizations and farming cooperatives in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. They are helping Latin American entrepreneurs get their business off the ground or expand their farm as they have always dreamed. As their businesses improve so too do their communities. Join them for a discussion on their micro-lending program, its impact, and how to become involved.

WCCN is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

SIMPLY: Simply Bulk: An Introduction to the Bulk Aisle
Wednesday, February 17th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Amanda Ikens
Fee: Free; registration is required

This discussion and tour of our bulk department gives shoppers a chance to learn the layout of the aisle and discover a little bit more about our diverse bulk offerings. This class will prepare Owners to shop more effectively and learn some tipsand tricks for saving money in this popular section of the store.

Please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Willy West Classes

PRESERVE: Fermentation Basics: Sauerkraut
Wednesday, January 6th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Max Wilke
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners.

Sauerkraut is one of the simplest, yet most enjoyable and economical ways to use cabbage, and get the last of the fall harvest to survive into spring and summer. It's also a great ferment for people new to the craft. We'll demonstrate a basic sauerkraut recipe, a couple twists for flavor, and a classic Alsatian recipe to use it with.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

HERBS: Tea with Maleah: Intro to Green Tea
Thursday, January 7th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Maleah Moskoff
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Is green tea the healthiest tea? Why is green tea bitter? Where does green tea come from? So many questions to be asked and answered during this hands-on green tea class with Maleah. We will explore the origins of green tea, experience a handful of common and more unique teas from around the world. If you're not a green tea lover yet, this class might convert you!

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

KIDS: Kids in the Kitchen: Crazy Calzones
Friday, January 15th 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 8-12 years old. Calzones are Italian folded pizzas, and in this class participants will prepare fresh fillings, homemade tomato sauce, and hand stretch dough to create their own calzone.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

BAKE: Slow Sourdough Bread From Start to Finish
Sunday, January 17th 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $30 for Owners; $40 for non-owners

All sourdough begins with the starter. We will learn the art of sourdough breadmaking from start to finish. Participants will learn to make a starter and to use it to transform flour into delicious naturally leavened loaves of bread. We will cover both a kneaded sourdough approach as well as a no-knead method. Samples will be provided.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: What You Can Do to Help People Comply with New Voter ID Law
Tuesday, January 19th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: League of Women Voters
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

With new laws for voter registration and casting a ballot, it is critical that we all be voting ambassadors. For most people voting is still easy, but for a surprising number of people it will be a challenge. Even if you’re sure you have the  documentation you need, you probably know someone who does not. Learn how to comply with the new laws, and help your family and friends to do so as well.

League of Women Voters is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

CONSULT: Individual Nutrition Consultations
Wednesday, January 20th 11:30am to 2:45pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature, LLC includes a consultation regarding your health goals and lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling, otherwise the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior.

To register for the next available opening, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (link sends e-mail) or call 608-301-9961. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven or more days prior.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: A Discussion on GMOs
Thursday, January 21st 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Darin Von Ruden, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome but registration is preferred

Join Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden for a discussion about the risks and benefits of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). He'll talk about the benefits of GMOs to the producer and how they affect their bottom line; how consumer awareness is affecting the labeling debate and who the players are in this process; and what the next steps are for farmers and consumers in the GMO debate.

Wisconsin Farmers Union is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

COOK: Hot Pot—A Classic Northern China Style of Cooking
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Imagine a beautiful, aromatic, hot cooking broth simmering away right at the center of your table with various thinly sliced proteins, veggies, and dipping sauce. Chef Paul will introduce ideas for how to prepare dishes using this simple cooking style from scratch. This is a vegetarian-friendly class.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

DIY: The Home Creamery Series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt, and More
Thursday, January 28th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring class. We will make and sample yogurt, kefir, cultured cream, and cultured butter. After transforming milk into these cultured products, we will learn to transform them into soft spreadable cheese. Participants will leave with recipes and a culture to get them started at home!

Other classes in the series: Mozzarella and Ricotta (2/4); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/18); Cheddar and Gouda (3/24); Mold Ripened Cheese (3/31). All classes are from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Willy West Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: Open Your Eyes and Restaurant to Persons with Vision Loss
Monday, February 1st 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

What happens when a person who is blind comes into your restaurant? Do you feel comfortable being the server at the table? What assistance is helpful? What do you do about the dog guide? Join us in demonstration and discussion to get these questions answered. We will share our thoughts on welcoming and interacting with diners with vision impairment. Our emphasis will be on restaurants, with most tips useful for any business. You will leave knowing how to create an enjoyable visit for persons with vision impairment. Goodies, provided by persons who cook without looking, will be offered during the participatory demonstrations. This class may be helpful to anyone who has customers, family or friends with vision impairment.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, broad-reaching legislation meant to give persons with disabilities access to their communities and employment. The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired advocates for citizens of Wisconsin who have vision loss, and we hear that blind persons are repeat customers when workers are capable of creating a comfortable experience for them.

WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

PRESERVE: Seasonal Preservation: Citrus
Wednesday, February 3rd 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Max Wilke
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Citrus season is at its height during winter, so now is the best time to preserve all the wonderful offerings. From canning to marmalade, we'll cover multiple techniques for dealing with all those kumquats and blood oranges.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

DIY: The Home Creamery Series: Mozzarella and Ricotta
Thursday, February 4th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Transforming Milk in Your Kitchen

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we curdle milk and stretch the curd. This class will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to make two styles of ricotta, traditional and whole milk, as well as fresh Mozzarella. Everyone will leave with recipes and cheese that we make in class.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt and More (1/28); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/18); Cheddar and Gouda (3/24); Mold Ripened Cheese (3/31). All classes are from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Willy West Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

KIDS: Kids in the Kitchen: Perfect Parfaits
Friday, February 5th 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8. In this class, kids will measure and mix to concoct a scrumptious Spiced Granola. After that they will slice and dice a variety of ripe fruits and mix yogurt with non-sugar sweetener. Participants will than create perfect personal parfaits.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

CHIP: CHIP Chat: Helping Latin American Entrepreneurs through Microfinance
Wednesday, February 10th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Jeanne Duffy, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a nonprofit impact investing fund providing microfinance loans and working capital to microfinance organizations and farming cooperatives in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. They are helping Latin American entrepreneurs get their business off the ground or expand their farm as they have always dreamed. As their businesses improve so too do their communities. Join them for a discussion on their micro-lending program, its impact, and how to become involved.

WCCN is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

LECTURE: Holistic Approach to Fats and Cardiovascular Health
Thursday, February 11th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Fee: Free; registration is required.

We'll cover the basic facts about fats and their link with heart health. We will address the effects of fats (unrefined, expeller-pressed, and refined) including those that cause inflammation and those that heal.

Please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

HERBS: 3 Herbs to Start Using Today
Monday, February 15th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Herbalism is a holistic approach to health and wellness. Join herbalist Linda Conroy for an introduction to herbalism. We will explore the foundation of herbalism and 3 easily accessible herbs that you can start using today to promote and build your health.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

DNR: Fishing for Dinner
Wednesday, February 17th 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to prepare one you’ve just landed on your kitchen table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.

A 4-session class is scheduled for Madison to teach you how to hook ‘em and cook ‘em. The first two sessions will be held on the UW-Madison Campus at Union South, then we’ll go fishing (ice fishing if Madison lakes ever freeze over). Finally, we’ll cook our catch and share a potluck dinner at Willy West. The Wisconsin Fishing Team from the University of Wisconsin, volunteer instructors, DNR Staff and others will lend a hand.

Schedule:
Tuesdays, February 2 and February 9, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m. at Union South, Room TBA.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location, TBA.
Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Willy Street Coop – West.

The Farm to Fork concept suggests a parallel Pond to Plate companion, whether that "pond" is a stream or a lake – Great, large or small. As far as "food miles" are concerned, most Wisconsinites live within 50 miles of fishable waters that offer many places to catch a healthy and delicious dinner, with a low food-miles score. Sustainability is an important component, so filling the freezer does not fit the model, but savoring that occasional treat from familiar waters does.

Registration materials will be available on the DNR website by the end of the year.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/Fishingfor... (link is external)

If you have questions, please contact Theresa Stabo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (link sends e-mail), 608-266-2272.

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