Holiday Workshop: Craft + Bake

Sat | Dec 08, 2018 | 11A–3P PT

Teacher Janine Waite

Teacher Jen Nurse

In this hands-on holiday workshop, Janine and Jen will help you turn your table into a winter wonderland.
Janine will be your guide as you make charming felt trees - give them as gifts, or display them in your own home for years to come. Jen will teach you to make billowy white pavlovas you’ll bake during class and decorate with sparkling sugared winter fruits. Pavlovas are perfect for the holidays - make-ahead, lovely, and light enough to enjoy at the end of a special meal.
A vegetarian lunch will be served during class. Before you depart, we’ll create a beautiful tablescape together, then enjoy our desserts with festive champagne cocktails.
pavlova photo: Amy Johnson | Writer and photographer |
class notes:
If you have a glue gun and/or sewing scissors, we kindly request that you bring them to class. We will have some on hand, too.

Menu | Recipes

How to Make Felt Trees

with Sugared Winter Fruits

Bonus Recipe: Sugared Cranberries

About the teachers

Janine Waite

About the Nester: Janine is the creative force behind Happy Happy Nester, a lifestyle blog with a touch of entertaining for friends and family. Janine loves everything related to the home and has always enjoyed decorating her surroundings. She has been inspiring the readers and followers of her blog and instagram for more than six years and has worked in partnership with HGTV, Lowes, Birch Lane, and Miele, among others. Janine lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children and husband.


Jen Nurse

As The Civic Kitchen’s co-founder and lead instructor, CHEF JEN NURSE’S passion is teaching home cooks the skills they need to gain confidence in their own kitchens. She relishes seeing the excitement on students' faces when they realize they’re mastering something they had feared. Her mission is to remind students to take in the world around them, to treat others with civility, to learn about and respect each other’s cultures – all through the medium of shared food experiences.
Before founding The Civic Kitchen, Jen led cooking classes for kids and adults at Tante Marie’s Cooking School, 18 Reasons, and elementary and middle schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
After years as a prolific and curious home cook, Jen studied pastry arts at the Art Institute of Seattle. Eventually, she scuttled her safe, 15-year telecommunications career to open an award-winning boutique bakery in Seattle. After relocating to San Francisco, she worked as a pastry chef and recipe developer before enrolling in Tante Marie’s professional culinary program to learn the savory side of cooking after years as a dessert aficionado. There she found her deepest love of cooking when she began to teach.
Jen credits her mother’s exceptional home cooking (crêpes with Mornay sauce? Go, Mom!), her beloved Aunt Josy’s beef empanadas, and a transformative teenage year in Brescia, Italy with sparking her culinary curiosity.