By Carol McCracken (Post # 332)
The long-anticipated re-opening of Lisa Silverman’s Five Seasons Cooking School is this weekend and Lisa has planned special events to mark the occasion. Her well-known macrobiotic school, located at 87 St. Lawrence Street, has been closed down for several years as her home has undergone extensive renovation. Finally, the first floor which encompasses her brand new gorgeous kitchen is ready to be back in service. Lisa is clearly excited about resuming cooking classes and special events there.
Kicking off this special weekend at 87 St. Lawrence Street is Warren Kramer, a senior macrobiotic counselor with a national reputation. Tomorrow evening, Lisa is hosting a dinner followed by a lecture by her long-time friend. It runs from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, Warren is conducting a cooking class from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Lisa’s new kichen as well. The theme is “how to relieve stress” with macrobiotic cooking. The cost is $45. and there is still space available. She’s also planning a holilday cooking class for Tuesday night, December 15th. It runs from 6:30 – 9:00 pm and the fee is $35.
Lisa grew up on the Hill. Her grandfather founded Day’s Jewelry store which originally was located on Congress Street where the Maine Historical Society now is. Her grandparents lived at 150 Eastern Promenade; the lovely home currently is owned by marine writer Lincoln Paine and his wife.
In the late 80s, Lisa heard a lecture on macrobiotics at Southern Maine Community College where she was taking culinary courses. That lecture planted a seed in her which has developed into a successful career. Lisa studied at the Kushi Institute in Beckett, MA. Following that, she studied in Switzerland and that is where she met her long-time friend Warren Kramer. Her first cooking classes were given at the Cummings Center on Congress Street. Finally, she started Five Seasons Cooking School on St. Lawrence Street in 1996. Lisa’s business is successful and it’s all been because of “word of mouth” from clients who return class after class.
At some point down the road she might start-up a macrobiotic restaurant. Perhaps in the shorter term is a Friday Night Dinner Club that she’d host. Until then, you can enjoy Lisa’s cooking classes and special events by visiting her at www.fiveseasonscookingschool.net