Join me — I’m teaching a series of cooking classes and photography workshops this Summer and I’d love to see you there…


Vegan Vietnamese (Hands-On)

Vietnamese cuisine is known for balanced flavors, fresh produce, and fragrant dishes. In this class, we’ll give the following menu classics a vegan makeover.  Find inspiration in the fresh, light, fragrant, and balanced flavors found in Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll learn how to make Pho Chay, Banh Mi, Banh Xeo and more to put together a Vietnamese summer dinner party spread.
Sweet Soy-Glazed Tofu and Pickled Vegetable Banh Mi Bites with basil sriracha mayo
Vegetable Noodle Soup (Pho Chay) Smoked seitan, watercress, carrots, shiitakes, mushroom broth, ginger, rice noodles, chilies, and basil
Green Papaya Salad with carrots, bean sprouts, peanuts, mint, and chile lime dressing
Vietnamese Crepes (Banh Xeo) with smoked vegan Ham, creminis, shallots, garlic and soy dipping sauce
Sweet Corn Pudding (Che Bap) Corn, tapioca, and coconut milk
Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Time: 6:15-8:45 pm
Instructor: Nikki Gardner
Location: Different Drummer’s Kitchen (Northampton, MA)


Develop Your Photo Habit & Style: 10 Minutes a Day for 31 Days

All you need is you, your favorite camera (film, digital, smart phone, instant…), and ten minutes a day for 31 days. That’s it. Turn your camera on and go.

In this self-paced course, I’ll teach you how to develop your visual voice, make photography your daily habit, and pick up mad technical skills along the way. Whether you’re a new or seasoned photographer, the assignments will sharpen your eye and your technique. I designed it to be straightforward, fun, and effective. Over 31 days, you’ll delve into both the art and craft of making poetic images.

Date: Start anytime; this is a self-paced e-course
Duration: 31 days
Fee: $31.00
Instructor: Nikki Gardner


Tuesday at the Market: A Digital Photography Workshop For Food Lovers

In this two-hour workshop, local photographer Nikki Gardner will teach you how to use your digital camera to get the most effective and stunning results for your needs. She will teach photography basics (light, composition, framing, and exposure) along with visual storytelling techniques. You’ll also practice capturing the vibrant food scene at the Tuesday Market in Northampton: the local farmers, their produce, and the market shoppers. Bring your manually adjustable digital camera, a notebook to jot down notes, and any questions you may have.

Date: Stayed tuned for upcoming dates…
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Fee: $25.00 (per workshop, per person)
Instructor: Nikki Gardner
Location: Tuesday Market, Pedestrian Plaza (next to the parking garage in downtown), Northampton, MA
To reserve your spot, email: info [at] artandlemons [dot] com

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Art & Lemons photos/recipes featured on: blogEATS, design*sponge, Farm Bell Recipes, Foodgawker, Gourmet Live, Los Angeles Times, Mint Design, Tastespotting, the kitchn, HuffPost Taste (& again), The New York Times, WBUR’s Public Radio Kitchen, Whole Living, Yummly

Conference Speaker: “Being Relevant—What’s Your Story,” TECHMunch: Food Blogger Conference, Boston 2011

Contributing Writer: Mortal Muses (a gathering spot to learn and share the art of photography)

Featured Cooking Instructor/Presenter: Worcester Veg Fest, April 6, 2014

Guest blogger: Cookus Interruptus, Food Nouveau, Shutter Sisters, Snack Girl, The Blissful Chef, Mortal Muses

Interviews: BlogHer, Farm Bell Recipes, The Daring Kitchen, The Stir

Selected essays and journalism:

“Inside the Carving Shed: A Lunch with a Woodworker in British Columbia,” The Daily Meal, July 25, 2013
“The Cool Charm of Salt Spring Island,” The Daily Meal, July 9
“Surf and Sun Weekend in Tofino, British Columbia,” The Daily Meal, July 5, 2013.
“A Foxglove Farm Retreat in British Columbia,” The Daily Meal, July 1, 2013.
“Ecotourism in Style at Sonora Resort, British Columbia,” The Daily Meal, June 24, 2013.
“Gourmet Cooking Class at the Exclusive Sonora Resort,” The Daily Meal, June 21, 2013.
“A Night in Vancouver’s Wedgewood Hotel & Spa,” The Daily Meal, June 19, 2013.
“The P-Word: Demystifying the Art of Platform Building with Christina Katz,” IACP Newsletter—WORDS, Summer 2012.
“A Mission for Candy,” Food & Think (Smithsonian Magazine), September 19, 2011
“Sunday in New York,” Artful Blogging, Summer 2011
“Roasted Root Vegetables with Brown Butter,” The Daring Kitchen, October 2010
“A Farm, a Bus, and a Mission,” Boston Local Food Festival, August 18, 2010
“Dress Your Salad Greens with Homemade Vinaigrette,” The Daring Kitchen, August 2010
“Breaking the Mold: Award-winning cheese,” Edible Pioneer Valley, Spring 2010: Issue 7
“Make Your Own Fresh Buttermilk Cheese,” The Daring Kitchen, May 2010
“Watch It: Treme,” Venus Zine, April 8, 2010
“How To Make Yogurt At Home,” The Daring Kitchen, April 2010
“Broiled Grapefruit,” 5 Minutes For Mom, February 4, 2010
“Love Soup,” The Daring Kitchen, February 2010
“Polenta: A Seasonal Classic,” 5 Minutes For Mom, January 13, 2010


WWLP/22 News Mass Appeal: Skillet Asparagus with Lemon-Thyme Butter, Homemade Vegetable Stock, Strawberry Yogurt Pops, Vegan Sweet Potato Chili with Spicy Pepita Oil and Cornbread Croutons, A Sunny Winter’s Day Salad, Savory and Sweet Crepes, Gluten-Free Eggplant Rollatini with Mixed Green Salad, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Vanilla Frosting, Granola-Filled Baked Apples, Raw Chocolate Truffles, Spring Vegetable Polenta Pizza, Gingery Rhubarb Crisp, Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches

Writing Mentor:

Afghan Women’s Writing Project, 2009-2013