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Hands-On Cooking Classes to Keep Your Brain Happy

Join Jean Courtney and Chef Isabel Cruz for two Hands-on Cooking Classes on Tuesday and Wednesday at La Cocina que Canta. Register at any Health Center or at extensions 631 & 640 / Same Fee for all classes/ Meet at the Administration Building.

Tuesday and Wednesday Classes
Hands-on Cooking to Keep Your Brain Happy

Come learn easy and delicious ways we’ve adapted recipes to help you minimize inflammation and keep your brain happy.

Departure 4 pm – Return to the Ranch 7:30 pm

Thursday Class
Taco & Skies

Bring your warm coat, we’ll be heading outside after dinner to enjoy the night skies with Scott Marrone.

Departure 4 pm – Return to the Ranch 8:30 pm

Jean Courtney is a researcher, writer, entrepreneur, and perpetual learner on a mission to make every day wellness easy and efficient.  A decade ago, after retiring as a legal investigator, Jean shifted her focus to learning everything possible to try to avoid dementia that found her mom.  She teamed up with Isabel after a discussion about the toll dementia had taken on each of their families, and has been collaborating on easy, efficient and delicious ways to cook using neuroprotective ingredients and with an emphasis on minimizing inflammation and maximizing brain function. Jean recently completed a Soil to Table certification program living at Tres Estrellas organic farm and learning and practicing regenerative farming and food preservation techniques.  She is a firm believer that your DNA is not always your destiny – your dinner plate can be your destiny.



Isabel Cruz is the chef/current and former proprietor of a number of west coast restaurants. A pioneer of Latin fusion cuisine and Latin food with a healthy twist, Isabel has been creating healthy fusion recipes throughout her career for clients like Unilever and Rubios. Isabel also has cooked for clients such as Nikki de Saint Phalle and Deepak Chopra and his family for over 20 years. Her debut cookbook, Isabel’s Cantina: Bold Latin Flavors from the New California Kitchen, was one of the New York Times‘ Top Cookbooks of the Year and was included in Food & Wine’s Best Of, Volume 8. Her second cookbook, The Latin Table, was published in 2018.