Serving up Culinary Experiences on Martha’s Vineyard

Jan Buhrman, Island caterer and cooking instructor, at this year's Taste of the Vineyard in June. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Jan Buhrman, local caterer and culinary educator, will host an array of summer classes titled “Culinary Experiences.” Ms. Buhrman is not only a caterer but also a teacher, spreading her knowledge of the preparation of locally sourced meals.

Ms. Buhrman said she would like participants to take away “a deeper appreciation for why it is important to continue to support our local farmers, and why it is important for his or her individual health, and why it is important for our community.”

Mr. Buhrman’s catering company, Kitchen Porch, identifies as part of the Slow Food movement, meaning they support sustainable farming and organically grown regional food. Kitchen Porch caters events from a dinner for two to an entire wedding. Each meal promises fresh food, reflecting the specific season. They also offer “a stock the kitchen” service, where customers who call in advance can order whatever Kitchen Porch has on the menu that day, or can have dishes prepared to be saved in the refrigerator for the week to come.

Along with her catering company, Ms. Burman offers Culinary Experiences, a separate program, in which customers can learn a bit of her trade. Holding a master’s degree in education in the sciences, Ms. Buhrman offers workshops, cooking experiences, tours of Martha’s Vineyard farms, and local foraging expeditions. Additionally, one may purchase a customized dinner aboard the private sailing yacht McNab.

According to her website, Culinary Experience guests receive copies of all recipes and full meal portions of all menu items unless noted in the description. Classes can either be demonstration style or hands-on. Upcoming Culinary Experience classes include a Cooking Class Dinner from Marrakesh on July 24 from 5 to 9 pm for $95, Hot Food in the Summertime on August 6 from 6 to 9 pm for $95, and Cheese Making: Yogurt and Mozzarella on August 9 from 4 to 8 pm for $120. Register online at or call 508-645-5000. The location will be shared with registered participants.