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Tina Clark


Tina Clark, Chef, Archaeologist and Historian, is passionate about historic preservation and good food. She has found a way to combine these interests in her historic kitchen, Tina's Cocina at St. Paul's Cultural Center. At the school Tina indulges her interest in history by offering classes in heritage cuisine where she invites local grandmothers (and grandfathers!) to teach their traditional dishes as well as share their memories of old Yuma.

Tina's Cocina is located in Old St. Paul's Parish House and Little Theater. Classes are offered in heritage cuisine where local grandmothers, chefs, and culinary experts from around the Southwest will offer classes on a variety of local and international dishes in addition to the recipes they love to cook and the foods they love to eat. Classes that feature Yuma's local agricultural products will be showcased from January through March supporting the Yuma Visitors Bureau Agritourism Program.

Tina's Cocina 2015 Cooking Class Schedule Available Now!

The goal of the Cocina is to provide simple, flexible and fun instruction to everyone, whether gourmet, or just someone who enjoys great conversations and sampling great tasting food.

The Cocina is available for private parties, couples classes, in-kitchen dinner parties, and other occasions.

All proceeds from classes will go toward the restoration of Old St. Paul's stained glass windows and other renovation projects.


To book your group for cooking classes from 8 to 18 people, or for formal dining practices of up to 50 please call Tina's cell: (928) 210-3328


Farmer's Wife Cooking Classes


The purpose of the Farmer's Wife Cooking Classes is to celebrate local agriculture by focusing on Yuma's fresh produce, farming history and traditions, and historic recipes. Who would be better to share the farming experience but the local farmer's wives? This all comes together in large cooking classes in Old St. Paul's Historic Church and includes a full dinner with complimentary wine and a chance to meet some of the people who put salad and vegetables on our table every winter.

Each cooking class will take place in old St. Paul's Church and will have a farmer's wife teaching the class, with Tina Clark and/or Chef Alex Trujillo as an assistant. It will include a great meal sampling each dish prepared in class. Each menu will include a salad utilizing local fresh produce, seasonal Yuma grown vegetables, a meat dish or casserole and conclude with dessert. The class atmosphere is informal so there will be time to make new friends and share culinary history around the kitchen table. In addition, The Farmers Wife Cooking Classes will accomplish two important goals: to help develop a booming farm to table movement in Yuma and, at the same time, to help preserve a National Historic Landmark - Old St. Paul's Church buildings that house the project itself.


Cost of each Farmer's Wife Cooking Class: $40.00


Tina's Cocina 2015 Cooking Class Schedule Available Now!

Gourmet Cooking Classes with Chef Alex and Tina


Tina Clark, Yuma's historian, is passionate about historic preservation and local food. In her kitchen, Tina's Cocina, she combines these interests and gives those who love to cook a place to learn about and to enjoy local food and local culinary delights. The kitchen, itself a piece of Yuma history and a preservation project, is a restored hacienda style kitchen complete with the original cast-iron stove, original dishes, colorful tile, and period ambiance. Tina's goal is to capture the warmth found in the Farm Kitchens of Yuma and provide classes featuring local crops and recipes from local farmer's Wives and the farmers who make Yuma's Agri-Experiences possible.

The gourmet cooking classes will take place in Tina's Cocina and will be limited to 15 participants. Chef Alex and Tina will demonstrate all aspects of a 5 course dinner from 5 different culinary regions. Recipes will be provided and complimentary wine will be served.

All gourmet classes--private or scheduled--need a minimum of eight participants. If minimum requirements are not met we will need to reschedule the class at a later date.

Cost of each Gourmet Cooking Class: $50.00 - $75.00 (depending on ingredients)





Tina's Cocina - 2015 Cooking Class Schedule

Due to limited seating all reservations must be made by calling Tina on her cell phone: (928) 210-3328. Once you have made your reservations you may pay by PayPal below by clicking the corresponding button, or if you wish to Pay by Check you can send a check to:

Tina Clark
464 S. 1st Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364


Class # Date Time Class Price PayPal
TC
003
Mon
Feb 9
6:00
pm
Farmer's Wife:
Class with Verda McCain
$40 Event Over
TC
004
Wed
Feb 11
6:00
pm
Tina's Cocina Gourmet:
Herb Garden Gourmet Dinner
$50 Event Over
TC
007
Mon
Feb 23
6:00
pm
Farmer's Wife:
Class with Debby Winchens
$40 Event Over
TC
009
Mon
Mar 9
6:00
pm
Farmer's Wife:
Class with Shirley Murdock
$40 Event Over
TC
010
Wed
Mar 11
6:00
pm
Tina's Cocina Gourmet:
Classical Mexican Celebration
$60 Event Over
TC
011
Mon
Mar 16
6:00
pm
Tina's Cocina Gourmet:
St. Patrick's Celebration
$75 Event Over
TC
012
Sat
Mar 21
10:00
am
Tina's Cocina Gourmet:
Mexican Fiesta Brunch
$40 Event Over
TC
013
Wed
Mar 25
6:00
pm
Tina’s Cocina Gourmet:
Italian Gourmet
$60
TC
014
Mon
Mar 30
6:00
pm
Tina’s Cocina Gourmet:
Asian Fusion
$75




Description of Classes

Farmer's Wife with Verda McCain

Cost per person: $40.00

Monday: February 9th, 2015 6pm–9pm

Enjoy dinner in Old St. Paul’s Church with the Yuma’s agricultural community. The McCain’s were early pioneers in Yuma County and valued members of the community for 3 generations. See wonderful historic photos and hear stories as only Verda can tell them.

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Herb Garden Gourmet Dinner

Cost per person: $50.00

Wednesday: February 11th, 2015 6pm–9pm

Alia Koger and Carmen Jonannson will bring fresh herbs from their farm to be incorporated into beautiful healthy dinner including hors d’oeuvres, soup, salad, main course, and dessert. They will also share their infused honey and cold brew coffee with us.

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Farmer's Wife with Debby Winchens

Cost per person: $40.00

Monday: February 23, 2015 6pm-9pm

Enjoy dinner in Old St. Paul’s Church with the Yuma’s agricultural community. The Winchens’s were early pioneers in Yuma County and valued members of the community for 3 generations.

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Farmer's Wife with Shirley Murdock

Cost per person: $40.00

Monday: March 9, 2015 6pm-9pm

Recipe for Grace Church Chicken Spectacular.

  • One 10 ¾ ounce can cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 8-oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 2-oz. jar pimentos, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • 1 8-oz. can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen green peas, cooked
  • 5 cups cooked chicken, cut into chunks (approximately four pounds)

Mix soup, mayonnaise, salt and pepper well. Add rice, water chestnuts, pimento, onion, and mushrooms. Blend. Carefully fold in peas and chicken. Spoon into buttered 9 x 13-inch casserole; top with two cups of buttered bread crumbs and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serves 12 to 15.

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Celebrate Mexico - Seasonal Southwest Cuisine

Cost per person: $60.00

Wednesday: March 11, 2015 6pm-9pm

This class will pay tribute to the holy trinity of Native American culinary tradition: corn, squash & beans. Enjoy a great southwestern meal and learn the “Legend of the Three Sisters”. Salsa Fresca, Mangos, Avocado, & Cilantro Salad, Caesar Salad with simply delicious dressing, Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas, Fajitas, Southwestern, Kahlua Frappe, Mexican Wedding Cookies.

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St. Patrick's Celebration

Cost per person: $75

Monday: March 16, 2015 6pm-9pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s with authentic Irish Pub food. We will have complimentary Irish Beer and Alex will give you a step by step lesson in making a fantastic Irish coffee. Menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Colcannon, Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread, Bailey Irish Cream Dream, Irish Coffee.

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Mexican Fiesta Brunch

Cost per person: $40

Saturday: March 21, 2015 10am-1230pm

Be a guest at your own Fiesta Brunch by making everything the day before. Put the Fiesta Soufflé, potato casserole, & a ham in the oven, stir the Mango Margaritas enjoy the Sunday Brunch as much as your guests. These are recipes that you will use over and over. Green Chili Cheese Puff Soufflé, Roasted Hash Brown Casserole, Ham with Mango Glaze, Jicama, Orange & Spinach Salad, Tequila Sunrise Melon Compote, Fresh Mango Margarita.

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The Perfect Tuscan Dinner

Cost per person: $60

Wednesday: March 25, 2015 6pm-9pm

This authentic Tuscan menu has universal appeal and provides a fun new culinary experience. Join us for Assorted Appetizers including Fig, Mascarpone and Pesto Torte; Fennel & Aged Pecorino Salad; Zuppa Toscana; Roast Chicken with Lemon & Thyme; Artichoke Custards. Chocolate Amaretto Cake with Crema Fresca, Italian Wines.

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Asian Fusion

Cost per person: $75.00

Monday: March 30, 2015 6pm-9pm

Take a trip around Asia with Alex and Tina. We will start off in Hawaii with a PuPu Platter, on to Japan for Sushi and then to China for lettuce wraps and noodle boxes.

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