This spring, the Vineyard Haven Public Library will hold a series of free cooking classes by some of the best-known chefs on the Island. The demonstrations offered over the next few months will feature three different types of chefs, who will show how they prepare some of their favorite dishes. Participants will have the opportunity to sample the dishes and learn recipes and techniques to try at home.
All programs will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Attendance for each class is limited to 30 people, and pre-registration for each program is required. Advance registration will be in person at the library, or through our online calendar.
The series will kick off on Wednesday, March 25th, featuring Doug Smith, restaurateur of Lucky Hank’s. Jaime Hamlin from Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering will present on April 8th, and Cathy Walthers, a private chef and author of four cookbooks, will conclude the series with her program on May 6th.
This series has been made possible by donations given to the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library in memory of Laurel H. Chapman. Mrs. Chapman was a long-time officer of the Friends, and for several years she recruited presenters and organized refreshments for the Friends' Sunday afternoon programs at the Library.
Laurel Chapman was known by her friends as someone who loved to cook, using every occasion to have a tea or celebration, and she loved to dine out. When the Friends of the Library received a number of generous donations in Laurel’s memory, they agreed that the best way to honor her would be to provide funding for a first-class cooking series. The Library plans to make the Laurel H. Chapman Cooking Series an annual event, supported by the Friends of the Library.