We partner with a variety of local food and wellness experts from our community to host classes on everything from Japanese cooking, to brewing your own kombucha, to cooking on a budget, and more.
Bryan Deane Bertsch
Bryan Deane Bertsch of Deane’s Kombucha began his kombucha brewing adventures in 2006. As his love of brewing grew, so did his techniques. Bryan teaches a regular class with instruction on how to brew your own great tasting kombucha at home.
Trained in 2005 at Ballymaloe House, a unique culinary school in County Cork, Ireland, Kristin absorbed a truly comprehensive education. Afterwards, she returned home to St. Paul and started a real foods personal chef service named Farm to Fork, which she cared for and grew over the course of 10 years, eventually selling it on good terms in 2015. Kristin recently started, Goosefoot Kitchen, a weekly meal planning service and serves as Mississippi Market’s chef partner.
Gabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, HC, AADP, is a board-certified holistic health practitioner, the owner of Kushi’s Kitchen, and the author of the books “The Macrobiotic Kitchen in Ten Easy Steps” and “Embracing Menopause Naturally” as well as eleven natural foods cooking DVDs. Gabriele received the 2009 Aveline Kushi award for her 40+ years of work in macrobiotics. She offers Holistic Health with Natural Nutrition study programs, macrobiotic counseling sessions, cooking classes, and yoga therapy.
Originally from Japan, Kimiko Molasky works at Mississippi Market’s West 7th store and is very passionate about good food and community. She started cooking for her family at the age of 10 and loves to share her knowledge of Japanese family meals with our local community.
Nutritional Weight & Wellness Educators
Nutritional Weight & Wellness is a leading provider of nutrition education and counseling. The company was founded by Darlene Kvist, who has educated and counseled people for over 20 years. Our passion is to educate people about nutrition. We want to show you the connection between what you eat and how you feel.
Megan 'Monarda' Thrasher Pierce
Megan Monarda Thrasher is a community herbalist, medicine grower, tea maker, holistic childbirth advocate, and mother. She is passionate about educating and empowering others about incorporating wild food and medicine into everyday life as a way to promote holistic wellness. She is co-owner of Tea for the People and co-founder of the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network.
After stepping onto the mat in 2004, Emily Rose has been no stranger to the mentally, physically, and spiritually healing powers of yoga. Emily Rose has shared her love of teaching yoga internationally in China, France, Senegal, and Italy. She is thrilled to be back in the Minnesota yoga community and is ready to share intuitive and fun classes with her students.
Kim was raised in Missoula, Montana and returned to the Twin Cities after eight years of working at transportation and local food organizations in Chicago, most recently as Farmers Market Manager and youth educator. Kim has a degree from DePaul University in an Individualized Focus Area of Nonprofit and Sustainable Food Program Management. She currently works with Saint Paul’s East Side Table, an East Side healthy food collaborative, and Kitchen on the Bluff, an East Side commercial kitchen that incubates small minority- and immigrant-owned food businesses.