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Bygone Basics

5200 Anderson Rd, Montague, MI 49437-1506
+1 231-740-4065
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Pasta Making Class

My teenage daughter and I attended a pasta making class. Everything was organized for our class... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whitehall, Michigan
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Delightful Evening of Cooking and Eating!

My husband and I are frequent guests of Amanda's Bequest and the food is one of the main reasons we... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Go back to simpler times. A true Farm-to Table Immersion! Experience for yourself the culinary heritage skills of your choosing. Enjoy hearty food and beverages of an heirloom cuisine, while hands-on experiencing soap making, bread making, home canning, making jams and jellies, pies. Learn how these skills were made using old tools and seeing how today's tools can cut your effort to a serious minimum. Gather eggs or harvest your produce in the gardens if you wish. Or choose to let us take care of that (and leave the kitchen clean-up to us!) This is all undertaken in a 143 year old home that harkens back to old-style farmhouse living. An absolutely fabulous experience while gaining skills you will use to reduce food costs, ensure the safety of your foods, and re-live a piece of heritage that is fast becoming lost. Also a heritage recipe bakery. Here, you can order your grandma's peach pie...and get it! Complete with a "pantry" for purchase of baked goods, jams/jellies, heritage soaps and candles. An on-site Bed & Breakfast is available for your convenience as well: Amanda's Bequest - A heritage immersion farm-stay B & B (with all the comforts you seek!).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
5200 Anderson Rd, Montague, MI 49437-1506
+1 231-740-4065
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My teenage daughter and I attended a pasta making class. Everything was organized for our class when we arrived. Our instructor was welcoming, patient, and informative. We taste-tested the homemade spaghetti and took home our delicious product. We will be back for another class!

Thank LakeGirlLinda
Reviewed 23 March 2017

My husband and I are frequent guests of Amanda's Bequest and the food is one of the main reasons we keep coming back (second only to the wonderful hospitality of John and Valerie). So we finally decided to incorporate a cooking class into our stay....More

Thank nessren13
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Pinot and Pasta class was very welcoming, informative, and fun...we had a great homemade dinner afterwards, very fulfilling and yummy!!! They build a bomfire and smores'..we met their chickens and rabbits, we met great people that also stayed and did the class with us. Me...More

Reviewed 8 August 2016

Valerie and John are wonderful people. Valerie is very knowledgeable about cooking and it is evident she loves to teach others as well. I appreciated how she took time to tell us tips and tricks for the pasta and pino class; including easy steps on...More

Thank snicpiz22
Reviewed 22 March 2016

I have always wanted to attend an event like this, so I was thrilled when Bygone Basics began offering these dinners. It was a flawless experience, from the reservations to the roles everyone received and the event itself. I even had to a be a...More

1  Thank GendronJess
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Whether you are experienced or a beginner, you will learn something from Valerie. Her joy from what she does is contagious.....and she does it all. Baking, cooking, canning, soap making. You tell her what you would like to learn and she will make it happen....More

Thank Gavonnie
Reviewed 27 September 2015

The breakfast is awesome, the Inn keepers are the BEST. Easy laid back location, with lots to do in the area if you wish. Weekends in good weather there usually is a bon fire going. and did I mention the BREAKFAST!!!!!!!

Thank sassybear_sassy
Reviewed 2 June 2015

Spent a few hours with Jade and Val learning how to can asparagus. Val's passion for this bygone technique is so evident. She is a great teacher & so enthusiastic. This is the second class I've taken there and will go back again.More

Thank Linda R
hansonv, Owner at Bygone Basics, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2015

Awwww....shucks! Thank you for such a kind review. :) We truly love good food and have SO much fun sharing its secrets (and tips and tricks). I am pleased you enjoyed the pickled asparagus class. Certainly a West Michigan delicacy. We have many options here...More

Reviewed 15 May 2015

My wife and I joined Valerie and Jade for an afternoon of sourdough bread baking and soap making. Not only was the experience itself fun, but you don't leave empty handed. In our case we each had a loaf of sourdough and a box of...More

Thank SDav4
hansonv, Owner at Bygone Basics, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2015

Awesome Sauce! So glad you two enjoyed your time in our heritage kitchen. Jade and I surely did. We LOVE it when guests are as engaged in the experience as you two. Thank you for the review. :)

Reviewed 9 July 2014

I had a wonderful Monday night with Valerie learning to make a loaf of bread from scratch and homemade butter. Excellent written instructions along with Valerie directing each step that I did. We did our baking in the kitchen of her 140 year old home...More

Thank Sheila L
hansonv, Owner at Bygone Basics, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

Thank you Sheila L. IT was certainly nice to get to know you. I look forward to the pressure cooker session coming up too. I think you'll enjoy having some of the scariness and myths cleared up and get right into canning on your own...More

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