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Summer Cooking Classes Planned at Abbey Farms: The Emporium

Jun 25, 2019 03:30PM ● By Hannah Ott
AuroraAbbey Farms will host a series of cooking classes this summer. The inaugural season of Abbey Farms Fresh Flavors – Cookin’ with Chef Dave demonstrations began with a summertime barbecue on Thursday, June 13. It will continue this Thursday, June 27 with Super Snazzy Summertime Salads.

All classes take place at Abbey Farms: The Emporium, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, with doors opening at 5:30pm for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Adam Voirin, chief operations officer of Abbey Farms, says the classes evolved from complimentary feedback about the food served at the seasonal Pine Tree Café, which opened in 2015.
“Dave Voirin (Chef Dave) creates and cooks all of our menu items that we serve in the Pine Tree Café during the Christmas season,” Adam Voirin explained. “Since I first hired him to make the chili for the concession stand during Pumpkin Daze, Dave has enthusiastically jumped into every challenge with both feet.
“We always get questions from purchasers for ideas about using our jarred food products, too,” he continued. “The classes are a way we can continue to challenge Chef Dave as well as showcase some of our popular food items.”
Dave Voirin is a retired policeman who knows his way around the kitchen as well as – or better than – the streets of Aurora where he was a beat officer for many years. As the fifth child of 13, he hung around his mother’s busy kitchen, watching her cook. He peppered her with questions as many of her recipes were “all in her head.”
Chef Dave is a self-professed foody who collects recipes and cookbooks – and then, cooks them, often adding his own flair. When tasked with operating the kitchen at Abbey Farms in 2015, he knew he had to up the quality control, with food safety imperative. So, he took food safety and preparation classes. Since his retirement from the Aurora Police Department, he also works periodically at the Wheaton Meat Co. in Wheaton.
Each purchaser of the $39.95 cooking class ticket will receive the following:
  • Two drink tickets for a selection of wine or beer (additional drinks are available for purchase)
  • Hors d’oeuvres using Abbey Farms’ products and a Chef Dave homemade snack
  • Class demonstrations with samples of 3 or more recipes
  • Tips and tricks, an interactive discussion about all things ‘kitchen’
A description and online ticket purchasing for all classes can be found by visiting You can also call 630-966-7775, Ext. 3 with questions. The class schedule is: 
  • Thursday, June 27, Super Snazzy Summertime Salads
  • Thursday, July 11, Fantastic Finger Foods
  • Thursday, July 25, Christmas Chili in July?
  • Thursday, Aug. 8, Back That Hitch Up – Let’s Tailgate!
  • Thursday, Aug. 22, Beat the Heat with these Sweet Treats
  • Thursday, Sept. 12, Picture Perfect Pumpkin Party
Purchase your tickets now for the upcoming Super Snazzy Summer Salads and other five sessions, and you can receive a voucher for a free small fire pit rental. It seats up to 8 people and has a $45 value.

About Abbey Farms: The Emporium: Abbey Farms: The Emporium is a venue with more than 8,000 square feet of private space. The Emporium’s hall is clad in antique reclaimed barn wood and lit with elegant chandeliers. Visitors can take in sweeping views of the Fox River Valley outside under a covered porch or on a custom brick patio with a stone fireplace. The vintage-inspired barn seats up to 300 guests and is fully heated and air-conditioned for comfort, no matter what the weather.
About Abbey Farms: Abbey Farms is a unique family-friendly agri-tourism farm in Aurora, Ill. The not-for-profit farm is celebrating 70 years in 2019, growing memories in all seasons since 1949. Each year, visitors experience a variety of fun activities for the entire family. These include the annual fall festival, Pumpkin Daze, Christmas trees, a seasonal store, an online store, fresh produce and more. Spring 2019 will see the first trees of an eventual 20-acre apple orchard planted. All proceeds from events and product sales benefit the monks of Marmion Abbey.

For more information about Abbey Farms and Abbey Farms: The Emporium, visit or call (630) 966-7775. It is located at 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL 60502.

Source: Shirley Mott