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It's still early to be thinking about the holidays, but I have a few classes coming up that are not only super fun and useful, but can help you stock up on those last minute gifts that everyone loves: soaps and candles! Learn to make incredible organic soaps, and delicious-smelling natural candles that you can use yourself or stock up on for those last minute gifts. 
There is space tomorrow (Sunday Oct 16th, 1-3pm) in my natural soy candle class, where we'll be making pumpkin spice candles, and  then on Sunday Nov 13th, it's the organic soap making class from 1-3pm . Click here to register.

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In bread news, I just came back from the First Annual Grain Conference at The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica. I connected with some local farmers so that I can bring more LOCALLY GROWN grains to The King's Roost.  I am very excited about supporting local farmers and bringing back some heritage grains we can all bake with!

In the meantime, I have added my next 100% whole wheat bread class which will be on Sunday Nov 20th from 1-4pm. If you don't know what it's about, I teach you the old fashioned way to make delicious, 100% organic, freshly-milled,  long-ferment, sourdough bread with nothing but wheat berries and salt water. It's about the healthiest bread you can make. This class is aimed at the home baker that doesn't have a lot of time or money to invest in baking bread.  It's simpler, cheaper, and much healthier than you might think!  The class registration page is up on my site  and spots are already selling. Click here to sign up online. This usually sells out pretty quicklyi, so if you can't get in, call the store at 323-426-9769 to get on the waitlist. If the waitlist gets long enough, I will add another class.

 
 
It's that time of year again! The kids are getting ready to head back to school, why not take a few courses yourself?  

I've just added a whole bunch of classes. In addition to  the usual ones-- like handmade soap, soy candles, sauerkraut, pickling and  kombucha-- I've added  2  brand new courses  that you've been asking for:
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First, there's  Sprouted Grain Bread.  Experienced whole meal  bread bakers who  want to go to the next level will love  this class. If you haven't yet taken my 100%  Whole Wheat Bread class, I highly recommend taking that one as an introduction before trying your hand at sprouted grains. I am teaching that intro class two times  before the  sprouted grain class happens on Sunday, Sept 18th.

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Second, there's my new Vegan Yogurt Making class. I've been experimenting with a few recipes to develop a yummy dairy-free yogurt. We'll try a couple in class, and we'll even make some home made muesli using fresh oats you'll roll in class.

Click  here   for course descriptions, dates, times  and registration.


Click  here  to see the classes in a calendar format. 

See you in class!
 
 
Kids wanna garden, cook, and make stuff, too!  That's why we're bringing a slew of new workshops just for them.
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The holiday season is madness... but instead of adding to your load, we can help!  The youngsters need gifts for teachers, and friends. Drop them at The Roost  to make clever, creative presents from upcycled materials while you take care of all the other stuff on your list. When you come back for pick-up, your young ones will be happy and inspired, plus we'll knock out some charming homemade gifts with them in the meantime.

Kids Holiday Gifts and Crafts:
 Saturday, December 12th: 2-4pm
Wednesday, December 16th: 4-6pm

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And then, beginning in January, we offer an ongoing slate of  kids workshops in gardening, cooking, and DIY projects. Soapmaking! Succulent gardening! Button art! Wholegrain baking!

We've scheduled at least one class per week after school, rotating which day every week (Tuesday through Friday) so that even if your child has soccer or ballet or karate at the same time each week, there are sure to be some workshops he or she can attend.

Check out our calendar  here  to see the  offerings for December and beyond. Registration is available in the  online store   or by visiting in our retail shop. 

Please help us spread the word, so we can  build a robust community of creative and engaged children making, growing and cooking stuff.
 
 

Countless workshops,  classes, and more!

We're finally installed in our new roost on Sunset Blvd, near Sunset Junction  in the heart of Silver Lake. It's a terrific spot-- a  warm and welcoming  environment with a teaching kitchen and creative workshop space.  Please come visit! We stock homesteading supplies  and the inspiration for D.I.Y. adventures of all sorts; plus we're thrilled to announce a mouth-watering schedule of new classes and workshops.
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Ever get the urge to make your own candles, soap, lip balm, body butter, or bath bombs ? How about ferment your own root beer, cider, ginger ale, kombucha, yogurt, vinegar, kefir, or home-brewed beer? Grow your own sprouts or mushrooms or sourdough starter? Pickle stuff? Make cheese? Tofu? Truffles? Keep bees, aquaponic gardens, or chickens in your yard? Mill, bake, and cook with whole grains? Design with succulent plants?  Concoct fancy cocktails? Upcycle old junk in creative ways?

We're now offering classes in all these luscious subjects... and more!  
Classes for adults meet on weekends and sometimes evenings during the week. 
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Our kids' workshop calendar has greatly expanded, as well!  We now provide after-school classes every week on a rotating schedule to make time for each kid's  busy schedule. Young folks can learn to cook (including lots of no-bake recipes), garden, and  recycle things to make cool new stuff and  creative gifts. Most classes are for children aged 6 and up, and parents are encouraged to drop off their kids, although sticking around to watch is always fine, too.

Visit our shop to pick up a calendar, or check out the listings  here.  We're always adding more, so check back regularly to see what's new.

We encourage pre-registration, as some classes fill up fast. Pop into the Roost to register. Tickets to all events and full course descriptions are also available in our online store  right here.

Don't forget! The gift of DIY makes a terrific present! We offer gift certificates for single workshops, series of classes, any item in our store, or  cash-value in any amount.

Thanks for your continued support, and see you soon at The Roost!
 
 
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WHAT: Swap food and make friends!
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 11AM
WHERE: King's Roost Patio
HOW MUCH: $10 per  person; kids accompanied by grownups are free


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We're thrilled to announce the Eastside Food Swap, hosted by The Kings Roost with special guest, The True Spoon.

The Eastside food swap is a community event celebrating homemade, homegrown, and  foraged foods. This event aims to bring cooks, bakers, gardeners, and foragers together to  swap their edible creations, share stories, and develop new friendships. 

This event is open to anyone who pre-registers through The King's Roost (in store or  online) The only other requirement is that you bring something you made, grew, or  foraged yourself.  If you're bringing kids, please plan to supervise them. There is a $10 fee  to participate.

Most importantly you’ll be bringing food to swap. All swap items must be homemade,  homegrown, or foraged by you. Think preserves, baked goods, fruits, vegetables, herbs,  spices, condiments, marinades, and beverages. You can bring a bunch of one thing or  multiples of a few different things; 10-20 swap items are suggested (bring as many as you  may want to trade for and bring home). Keep in mind that swappers will be examining  and picking up your goods, so be sure to package them in a way that protects the food  and makes it clear the amounts you want to swap. When applicable, it is recommended  that you include food allergy information. If your food swap item is delicious, let it be  known by providing samples to the other swappers. Since swappers will be trading at will, attractive presentation and cute packaging is a great idea to make your products visually appealing.

All swap participants adhere to an honor code;  they agree to using the highest  cleanliness standards in their own kitchens and gardens to prepare their swap items. 

Swap participants also must agree to the following terms before registering  for the Eastside  Swap. By participating in these events, you are acknowledging that the food items being  traded are not necessarily prepared in commercial kitchens or spaces inspected by any  Government agency. By participating in these events, you are  also acknowledging that you will use the highest standards of safety and cleanliness in  food preparation.  

By participating in these events, you assume all liability; specifically, you agree to not hold liable food swap hosts, swap venue owners/providers or other swap participants.

If you have any questions, contact Celeste@thetruespoon.com!



 
 
STOP THE PRESSES. This is breaking news. Did you know that January 21st is NATIONAL GRANOLA BAR DAY? Roostafarians, we cannot allow this day to go unheralded. Mark your calendars and come celebrate with us by stopping by The King's Roost from 5-7pm this Wednesday evening. Enjoy a sampling of various scrumptious, homemade granola bars (from our own fresh-rolled oats!) and top it off with an elegant champagne toast to granola.

But that's not all.  I, Roe Sie, master granola-barrister, will demonstrate how to flake oats-- rolling grains one handed while juggling granola bars. Best of all, I challenge YOU to show off your own granola-making prowess. You will be rewarded for your efforts and contributions! Bring samples of your own granola bars for us to try, and you will get a FREE pound of freshly rolled oats to make your next batch!

Need more inspiration? On Tuesday, I'll post a recipe for killer granola bars in this week's featured DIY project video. See you then!
 

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