About the Kitchen

About the Kitchen

We have recently designed and built a new kitchen at Northfield Inn! Although not a commercial kitchen, it exceeds the needs for any class we teach. It's stocked with highest quality appliances, kitchen electrics, bakeware, cookware, and gadgets. A full-size refrigerator and freezer combo, double convection oven, gas range top with grill, deep stainless steel sink, and island that seats up to eight people provide a space to learn, create, share, and enjoy. Come check out our kitchen! 


Weekend Retreat: Italian Cooking

Weekend Retreat: Italian Cooking

Spend two days and two nights
in culinary bliss!

Join us for our kick-off culinary retreat! Under the guidance of Chef Gwen Anderson, you and other guests (maximum of eight) will

  • learn the basics of Italian cooking,

  • take a field trip to local merchants to learn about key ingredients and kitchen tools, &

  • participate in hands-on cooking of a classic Italian meal and eat in our elegant dining room.

$350.00 for Double Occupancy

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26, 2017

This retreat includes the following:

lodging for two nights for two people,

the Inn’s full breakfast each morning,

hors d’oeuvre and wine or beer each afternoon,

transportation during shopping field trip, and

Saturday night feast.

General Schedule*

Friday, March 24
to 5:00 p.m.:    Check-in
5:00 p.m.:        Happy Hour/Overview of Italian Cooking by Chef Gwen Anderson
7:00 p.m.:        Dinner on your own

Saturday, March 25
6:00 a.m.:      Coffee and pastries ready at your convenience
8:30 a.m.:      Breakfast in dining room
10:00 a.m.:    Shop at Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars and The Measuring Cup
12:00 p.m.:    Lunch at Ole Store
1:30 p.m.:      Hands-on Cooking: Making Focaccia Bread
3:30 p.m.:     Free Time
5:00 p.m.:     Hands-on Cooking: Prepping Your Meal and Dessert
6:00 p.m.:     Happy Hour: Bread and Oil Tastings
6:45 p.m.:     Hands-on Cooking: Making Homemade Pasta, Veggies, Entrée, & Dessert
8:00 p.m.:     Eat!

Sunday, March 26
6:00 a.m.:     Coffee and pastries ready at your convenience
8:30 a.m.:     Breakfast in dining room
to 11:00 a.m.:    Check-out
*Schedule subject to change.

To find out more and register, please e-mail Andy Howe, Owner and Inn Keeper, at innkeeper@northfieldinnmn.com

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About our Instructors

About our Instructors

Gwen Anderson

Gwen Anderson

Gwen currently is the kitchen manager for Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield, and runs a catering business, Chromatic Catering.  She also works at the St. James Hotel (Red Wing), and the Ole Store in Northfield (making The Rolls).  Additional culinary training and experience includes certification through Le Cordon Bleu, an internship at award-winning Restaurant Alma, and most recently, working for Susan Dunlop at Joan's in the Park, winner of the 2016 Charlie Award for best restaurant in the Twin Cities.