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Holiday Bakery and Market

Tuesday, December 5th, 9AM-1PM

Come join us at our annual Holiday Bakery & Market.  We'll have delectable treats, including gluten free and nut free items.  

"Production Baking" will again take place in the kitchen of the Gathering Place.  Our on-site bakers will be creating their yeasty delights of freshly baked breads  available throughout the sale but in limited quantities, so get them while they are hot! Wouldn't a loaf of warm bread be just the thing for these cold mornings!

Gift items will be available and include handcrafted cards, baskets, and other items, and enough holiday spirit to light up the tallest tree.

This popular event is a major funding source for our "Wonderful Options" fund so your support as a baker and/or customer is vitally important to our mission. 


Toy Drive for Foster Children

Chatham County Department of Social Services offers a curated list of toys and books children love! 

By Wednesday, December 6, visit Amazon by clicking here, select a toy, add it to your cart and then click on Chatham DSS for the shipping address.

Want to donate a gift not on the list? Drop it in the toy bin on Kate West’s porch, 4036 S McDowell, by Dec. 6. Older kids love items from Body Shop, team jerseys, or gift cards. 

Unwrapped new items only, please. 

Questions? Email Kate at

Women of Fearrington 2023-24 Cooking Class Series 

January - March 2024

Supporting the Women and Children of Chatham County

Registration Process

Check out this year’s exciting learn-and-dine options below and don’t delay — these classes fill fast! 

Classes are open to all confirmed residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email confirmation of your completed registration. However, you are not guaranteed a spot until your payment has been received.

If the class is already filled, you may complete the wait list section of the registration form and someone will contact you if space becomes available.

For more information, contact Sharmila and Adrienne

Registration Required: Deadline Friday, January 12

To Register Click Here

About Our Cooking Classes

This popular series of cooking classes—a FUNdraiser for our Wonderful Options Fund* and a great way to meet people who enjoy food—is back with new dishes and new recipes. Classes are open to all residents of Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge, and registration fills up fast. Read about the offerings and then follow the registration process on the left.  And do hurry!

Note:  $35 of each class fee goes to the Wonderful Options Fund

Payment Process 

Payment must be received by January 12. 

Registration is Required (see info to the left)

To Pay by Credit Card

Women of Fearrington now accepts credit card payments for FUNdraisers through our processing partner, PayPal.  You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit card, but if you have a PayPal account you can opt to use it. 

Once you've registered online, you can simply pay for your class(es) by clicking on the link to PayPal provided after you click Submit.

To Pay by Check

After registering online, write a check to Women of Fearrington noting the class name(s) and date(s) (e.g., Spice It Up, 2/10) on the memo line as well as on the outside of the envelope.  Please place your payment in the Women of Fearrington mailbox in the Swim & Croquet kiosk (adjacent to the Gathering Place) 

Refund Policy

We regret that we are unable to make refunds. However, you may have someone who lives in Fearrington or Galloway take your place. Please notify Sharmila and Adrienne and they will provide you with the name, if any, on the wait list.

Please Note:  Seats are not confirmed until payment is received

Happy Hour! Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres (VG option) 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 

5 – 7 pm 

903 Burwell

Instructor: Jo Anne Rosenfeld

 8 participants 

Jo Anne will demonstrate two signature cocktails and 6 to 8 hors d’oeuvres that can be adapted for vegetarians. You’ll be invited to join in preparations. Jo Anne grew up on the James River in Newport News, Virginia, loves cooking, and is a self-taught cook. Jo Anne says, “Food has always been a central part of my family life and travels, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with you.” 

$25 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund

Alcohol provided 

Fresh Seasonal Feasting from the Winter Farmers Market (GF option) 

NOTE: This class is full.  If you would like to be added to the Wait List please go to the registration form.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

11 am – 1 pm 

884 Ashton 

Instructor: Sheri Castle

8 participants 

Sheri will prepare a warm seasonal lunch based on locally sourced items from our community farmers’ markets. Guests will then gather around the table to enjoy an appetizer, entree, sides, and dessert. Sheri Castle is the host of The Key Ingredient, an Emmy-winning cooking show from PBS. An award-winning professional food writer, recipe developer, and cooking teacher known for melding stories, humor, and culinary expertise, Sheri loves to share the stories behind her recipes and their ingredients. She grew up in her beloved Blue Ridge Mountains and now lives in Fearrington. Keep tabs on her through her website, Sheri Castle

$50 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund

Wine provided

Spice Up: Classic Indian Cooking (GF) 

Saturday, February 10, 2024 

4 – 6 pm 

884 Ashton 

Instructors: Sharmila Udyavar & Nick Ganesan 

8 participants 

Join us in preparing Pakora, crisp vegetable fritters made with garbanzo bean flour and spices served with cilantro mint and tamarind chutneys; Chicken Korma, cooked in an aromatic sauce with warm spices to a velvety finish; Subzi Pulao, saffron-scented long-grain rice studded with nuts, carrots and peas; and Kachumbar, a yogurt dip with mint, purple onion, and cucumber. 

Sharmila Udyavar was born in Mumbai, the city that never sleeps while featuring a global food scene. A foodie who believes cooking must come from the heart to taste good, Sharmila learned to cook from a mother known for her “magic touch” in the kitchen. Sharmila and husband, Nick, owned and ran a restaurant in North Carolina. She enjoys nothing more than sharing her love for cooking with others. She will also conduct a free follow-up field trip to a local Indian grocery store for anyone who is interested. 

$30 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund


Family Friendly Breads 

Friday, March 8, 2024

9 am – 1 pm 

4328 Millcreek Circle

Instructors: Donna Fehrenbach & Judy Coplan 

5 participants 

Nothing says LOVE like something baking in the oven. Get your hands covered in flour while making cinnamon rolls, pecan sticky buns, fruit & nut tea ring, star bread, multigrain sandwich bread, and challah. You’ll partake in some of these delectables as well as take some home for later. 

Donna has taught baking for 30 years. She and Judy are the Tuesday bakers at SECU Family House and now teach together in Judy’s beautiful kitchen. 

$10 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund

Say Cheese: Beginners Guide to Making Paneer & Pairing Condiments at Home (Buffet Lunch) (V) 

Friday, March 22, 2024 

11 am – 1:30 pm 

4117 The Knolls Close

Instructor: Priya Jain 

5 participants 

The class offers hands-on techniques to create fresh, healthy Indian cheese—paneer —without harsh preservatives; whole-grain beer mustard; and marinated olives in the comfort of your own kitchen and at your convenience. Enjoy a multi-course tasting menu with several mix-and-match options. Dishes will be paired with white and rosé wines. Each participant will be offered a gift sampler of paneer and condiments. 

Paneer is an un-aged, non-melting soft Indian cheese with a compact, cohesive texture, somewhat like a cross between feta and ricotta. Loaded with healthy fats, protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium, this product can be used in parfaits, granolas, dips, salads, grill platters, curries, desserts, and more. Priya explains, "I find the science behind cooking fascinating. Ingredients measured in certain proportions, combined in a specific order, and cooked/cooled to reach the desired successful dish is more a science than art. I love to experiment with various spices, techniques, and cuisines."

$25 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund

Wine provided 

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2024

5 – 7 pm

4316 Millcreek Circle

Instructors: Don & Julia Kaczvinsky

6 participants

With the strains of jazz in the background, Don will demonstrate how to make a traditional New Orleans (N’awlins) dinner by preparing a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. The meal will include a crawfish dip hors d’oeuvre, muffuletta salad, and bread pudding for dessert. Julia shares, “We lived in Louisiana for 32 years and came to love its traditions, especially its Creole heritage, one of the truly unique cuisines of America.”

$20 ingredient cost + $35 contribution to Wonderful Options Fund

Beer and wine provided

*The Wonderful Options Fund, established in 2015, provides our members and other donors with the opportunity to directly support women and children in Chatham County. 

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