Celebrate Father's Day with Us at the BCAE

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Mon, Jun 09, 2014

When it comes to gifts, dads are tough. If I ask my dad what he wants, he usually asks for a Porsche...or something similarly out of my price range. I hem and I haw every birthday, father's day, etc. "Isn't there anything else you might want that I might actually be able to get you?" He usually shrugs and later buys himself the latest gadget. If only he could have told me before...but in truth, he'd rather I visit more often or join a family bike ride.

For father's day this year, take a detour from the usual gift-giving route and give your dad a father/daughter or father/son activity.

Classes to Take with Dad

A Walking Tour of Fort Point Channel Neighborhood
Tuesday, June 17th at 6PM

Fort Point Channel Boston

Bourbon & American Whiskies with accredited master of whiskies, Randall Bird
Thursday, June 19th at 6PM

Busy summer have you waiting a little longer to celebrate? We have options in July and August too!

Introduction to Sailing with Piers Park Sailing Center
Saturday, July 26th at 11AM

Piers Park Sailing

Studs & Sleepers: Drafting the Perfect Fantasy Football Team with Rich Keefe of 98.5 "The Sports Hub"
Saturday, August 9th at 3PM

98.5 The Sports Hub

Summer Homebrews with Vince Tursi of Night Shift Brewing
Saturday, July 26th at 3PM and Saturday, August 16 at 2:30PM

Night Shift Brewing logo


Browse all of our classes online to find what's best for you and your dad, and we hope to see you soon. Happy Father's Day!

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Leah and Loni's Vegetable Spring Rolls Recipe

Posted by Becky Brackett on Wed, Feb 12, 2014

Fresh rolls are really simple to make, and they look so fancy. Impress your friends and family with these pretty rolls; they won’t even realize they are eating their vegetables!  The best part?  The dipping sauce.
We have included two for you to try. 

-Leah Dickerson and Loni Zelfon

vegetable spring roll recipe chopped vegetables

More of a method than a recipe; once you have mastered the technique, you can fill these with your favorite combinations of vegetables, herbs, and proteins, as you desire!

  • Your favorite mix of vegetables, think color and crunch, such as:
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 6 carrots
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 cup purple cabbage
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 cup Thai basil
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • Chopped nuts, if desired
  • Rice paper wrappers
Chop all vegetables into matchsticks, set aside.

The rice paper wrappers are delicate once they are moistened, so it is helpful to set up an assembly line of ingredients.

First, have a shallow dish that is wide enough for the rice paper wrapper to fit into ready and filled about halfway with hot water (8" x 8" pyrex is a good sized vessel for this).

Next, arrange a moist towel over a plate and place next to the dish and assemble the rolls. Place another moist towel over a large tray to cover the spring rolls once they are assembled.

To Assemble:
Dip the rice paper in a shallow dish filled halfway with hot water. Place the wrapper on a moist towel.

Arrange about ¼ cup of the vegetables, herbs, and nuts in the center of the wrapper (Note: I like to place a few Thai Basil leaves down first because they look pretty once they are rolled) and fold top end down, bottom end up, and starting from one side, roll as tightly as possible without tearing the fragile wrapper.

Place on a tray and cover with a moist towel or plastic wrap until ready to eat, cut in half if desired. Dip in simple peanut and sambal lime dipping sauces. Pretend that spring is already here and that all of the snow has already melted.

  • 1/4 c. smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 1/2 t. sambal, to taste
  • 1/4 t. fresh ginger to taste, grated
  • 1/4 t. fresh garlic, crushed or pressed
Whisk all ingredients until combined. Serve with fresh rolls.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice or ponzu
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t sambal
  • 1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Mix all ingredients through sambal, stir until dissolved. Before serving, top with cilantro.

vegetable spring rolls
Do you need more inspiration for flavorful spring recipes? Do you love simple recipes that are healthy?

Save your spot! Join Leah and Loni on March 26th for Spring's Best Dishes and April 9th for Healthy Sides & Snacks.

You can keep up with the instructors here! @leahelspeth @lalaloni

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