Winter Prep: 6-11 SEPTEMBER

If eating with the seasons is one of our strongest beliefs, preserving the season’s bounty should closely follow. To make the most of the season’s fruits, vegetables, dairy products and grains, we are opening up the teaching kitchen for a special Winter Prep workshop this autumn. Just at the end of summer, it is the perfect moment to plan ahead for the winter months.

Winter dishes do not need to be dull and without their own style of freshness. During this weeklong workshop, with Chef Semsa Denizsel, we will cover topics such as preserving, canning and fermenting. By dedicating a bit of time to learn how to preserve seasonal produce at the peak of its freshness, you will treat yourself to delicious flavors all throughout the year. Join us for this special workshop at Cooks Grove with special guest lecturers Ümit Hamlacibasi and Tangör Tan.

Scheduled Dates: 6-11 September, 2020
Duration: 6 day program 
Maximum: 8 participants

Local transportation, meals listed in the itinerary, and accommodations are included in this program. Airfare is not included in our programs, however, flights should be organized arriving/departing from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey.

This program will be taught in English.

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Sample Itinerary:

Airport transfers
Welcome cocktails and dinner at Cooks Grove

Tarhana Workshop with Ümit Hamlacibasi at Cooks Grove
Lunch with local products
Evening Free

Tomato paste workshop with Tangör Tan at Cooks Grove
Light lunch
Farm dinner at Idamera

Teaching Kitchen workshop at Cooks Grove
Break for lunch
Afternoon eriste noodle lesson
Restaurant dinner on the island of Cunda

Teaching Kitchen workshop: tomato prep and canning
Afternoon boat trip – tasting of local olives, olive oil + regional cheese varieties
Aperitivo at Cunda Orman
Evening Free

Morning coffee at Cooks Grove
Hands-on Cooking Lesson + Lunch
Afternoon break
Return to Cooks Grove to finish cooking and enjoy dinner together

Morning transfer from the hotel to Edremit
Tiflipasa Helvacisi tasting of halva and tahini
Airport transfers to EDO


A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your scheduled arrival date.

All of our Teaching Kitchen programs will be taught in English, unless of course, we have a private group of Turkish-speaking guests. 

Airfare is not included in any of our programs, however, guests should plan their flights to/from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey. 


We will offer a 50% refund on the full payment, only if a written cancellation notice is received at least 30 days before your scheduled arrival date. If a request to cancel is received less than 30 days before your scheduled arrival date, no refund will be issued. 

Cooks Grove reserves the right to cancel any booking for any reason. If a booking needs to be cancelled on our end, we will notify you as soon as possible and a 100% refund will be issued.