Cantonese dim sum culture began in tearooms in the latter half of the 19th century in the port city of Guangzhou after opium dens were banned throughout China. Silk Road travelers and traders would take breaks in tea houses for a dim sum meal. As they continued to travel, the practice continued to spread and gained popularity throughout the region, especially in Hong Kong. In this class we will make traditional Dim Sum using ingredients from the Yampa Valley to create a truly local set of dishes. We will focus on dumplings of various styles, along with other traditional dim sum dishes like radish cake and steamed buns.
The culinary philosophy of Elkstone Farm is rooted in seasonality, as we constantly attempt to reflect a sense of time and place on the farm. Even in winter, the farm and the valley have a culinary identity that we try to capture. Local food supports our local economy and the families who grow these things. When produce is left on the vine or in the ground until just before sale the nutritional benefit is maximized, and the freshness is unrivaled. Our cooking classes have these same values as we apply ancient techniques to local products.
In light of the continuing threat of COVID-19, we encourage all participants to be vaccinated before they come to class or wear a mask if they have not yet been vaccinated. We base this policy on current CDC guidelines.
Your health and the well-being of our community are important to us. We encourage all participants to be vaccinated before they visit the farm or wear a mask and practice social distancing if they have not yet been vaccinated. We have upgraded sanitation protocols in place, and require that guests follow our policies, which are in compliance with all CDC and county guidelines.