Common Ground rolling classes out at new classroom

URBANA — Common Ground Food Cooperative, which is planning a weeklong celebration of its expansion in February, is offering a variety of classes in its new Flatlander Classroom.

The food co-op's website lists nearly two dozen different single-session classes that will be offered over the next several weeks.

The topics include Indian cooking, vegan cooking, gluten-free baking, cooking with spices, cooking by kids — even cooking for your cats and cooking for your dogs.

Some classes build on themes, such as cooking healthy on a budget, eating smart and home gardening.

Most classes are offered on weekday evenings or during the day on weekends.

Common Ground offers a grant program for those who want to attend classes but can't for financial reasons. The Food for All education grants will offer 50 percent or 100 percent discounts, according to a release from Common Ground.

More information on the classes can be found online at commonground.coop in the "classes" section of the "programs" segments. Sign-ups for the classes also can be done online.

Common Ground tripled its space on the southeast side of Urbana's Lincoln Square Village as a result of the recent expansion.

A grand opening celebration for the co-op is scheduled the week of Feb. 11-17, with events that include cooking demonstrations, a wine tasting, coffee samplings, live music and an owner appreciation day.

A dedication of the Flatlander Classroom is slated for 7 p.m. Feb. 17.

The classroom, which is equipped with a fully certified kitchen, is expected to be the site for more than 60 classes between now and April.

When classes aren't in session there, the classroom will be used for customer seating. One wall of the classroom will be used as a gallery for local art.

More than 4,200 people in the Champaign-Urbana area are owners of the Common Ground Food Cooperative.

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