Photo of Looking Ahead in the Kitchen Studio at BARN

The sun is setting after 5, crocuses are pushing their way up through the soil, and volunteers are cleaning up the kitchen garden – that means spring is just around the corner! But before we start thinking too much about halibut, morels, and asparagus, we’ve got a bit more winter ahead of us and classes to keep you entertained through the last of the cold and rainy days.

Although many of our February classes have already filled, we do have some spots left in the next Wine Sensory Series and a special weekday edition of the popular Foundation Series Super Stocks! We are also holding our annual deep-cleaning event this month. This is a great way to get to know other volunteers and instructors as well as get a bit of a peek under the hood of a professional kitchen. You can register for this and volunteer for other kitchen events through our new BARN Volunteer Portal.

Looking ahead into March, we have quite a few classes that just went live on the calendar -- including the really fun Puff Pastry Possibilities with Kate McDill and one of our newest instructors, Elisa Laverty. We are also super excited to offer a class with Moqueca Baiana again - it was one of our most talked-about classes from last year. We’re thrilled to have Sandra back. Nancy Travis also returns with Plant-Based Japanese Dinner.

Finally, our volunteer appreciation dinner is March 12. We’re really looking forward to hanging out with all of the wonderful volunteers who have helped keep our kitchen classes humming along. We couldn’t do it without you!

You can register for the volunteer dinner on our Volunteer Portal – and if all of these special events have piqued your interest, we’re always on the lookout for more kitchen volunteers. Just fill out the Kitchen Volunteer Application and register for Volunteer or Dishwasher Orientation. Questions? Email Kate Henderson.

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BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) is a nonprofit community center for craft and invention on Bainbridge Island, Washington. BARN’s mission is to grow and inspire a creative community through craft, learning and service. BARN includes artisan studios in the following disciplines: Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts, Metal Fabrication, Print & Book Arts, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writers. To learn more visit

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