Sabin, Smith team up to create hands-on cooking class

Rose Sabin’s sold-out cooking classes will be able to accommodate more students and provide an enriching experience thanks to a collaboration with Donna Smith, co-owner of Gideon Owen Wine Co. and QuinStock Farms.

In the past, Sabin was forced to turn away students from interactive Ayurveda seminars and cooking classes held in her shop, the Root to Rise Wellness Café. The autumn course “Longevity Kitchen, a Celebration of the Blue Zones” will take place on September 22nd from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Gideon Owen’s larger venue

Longevity Kitchen will highlight the diet and lifestyle of the Blue Zones, five regions around the world where the population has an average lifespan of nearly 100 years. You are Ikaria, Greece; Oglistra, Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.

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Common topics in the blue zone and practical lessons to “empower” students

“We will discuss and break down the blue zones and eight common topics,” said Sabin. “There is a glass of wine every day in all five regions, and we talk about why it matters.”

Since Gideon Owen offers more space for the seminar, the students will sit at hands-on stations and prepare a dish from each region. Each dish is paired with its own wine, most of which comes from the Gideon Owen Winery.

“When we did the classes at Root to Rise, only one person was cooking and everyone was watching,” said Sabin. “People loved it, but the hands-on course empowers the person who takes the course.”

All of Sabin’s cooking classes are based on the Ayurvedic philosophy of creating a diet based on seasonal foods.

“Ayurvedic is the sister science of yoga. You eat in tune with the seasons. It’s old-school medicine that teaches you to eat herbs and only what’s in season, ”said Sabin.

Moving Sabin's popular cooking classes to Gideon Owen allows Sabin to provide a hands-on experience where students prepare a variety of dishes.

Focus on the relationship between diet and health

Sabin is passionate about educating her clients about the relationship between diet and health.

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“If you just go back to nature, you will heal yourself,” said Sabin. “We want people to pay more attention to what they put in their mouth.”

The Longevity Kitchen Seminar shows students how easy it is to be creative with an Ayurvedic and Blue Zone diet while Sabin presents recipes based on seasonal produce from Smith’s QuinStock Farms.

“That depends on where the farm is. Our main focus on the farm is fruit, but we’re growing a large vegetable garden, ”said Smith. “We can use eggplant, pumpkin or apples. Other than that, it’s a farming life, so you never know. “

Smith is not only a farmer and restaurateur, but also a botanist.

As Sabin and Smith combine their experience and expertise for the first of their joint courses, they plan to provide students with an enriching educational experience.

“We are two women who run it. All of the cooking classes I’ve taken, even in Italy, have been run by men, ”said Sabin. “It is remarkable that there are two women who lead a pretty cool cooking class.”

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“This is a new company and we are very excited about it,” said Smith. “We love supporting Rose.”

The cost of the Longevity Kitchen course is $ 95, which includes the cooking class, dinner, five pairs of wines, coffee, tea, dessert, a recipe booklet, and a souvenir Gideon Owen wine glass. Space is limited. Register for the course through KarmaSoft at

For more information, visit Sabin’s sister website Gideon Owen Wine Co. is located at 3845 E. Wine Cellar Road, Port Clinton.

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