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Caleb Mattison

Grand Marais, MN
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Hailing from Wisconsin and living in Minnesota, Caleb would rather have a wood stove than a furnace, and bake his own bread than buy it. Those facts have led him to make lots of wood-fired bread and wood-fired brick ovens. Always pursuing old-fashioned foods and lifestyles, he also loves sharpening his tools and fermenting whatever he can find.

Current Courses Offered by Caleb Mattison

2 Days
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Flatbreads from Around the World

Why flatbreads? Why NOT flatbreads? They are quick to make, easy to bake on griddles, piles of hot coals, or in a hot oven, and they can bring many new grains into your kitchen that typically aren’t used in loaf breads. One part bread science, one part history and culture,…
Fri, Mar 20th, 2020  –  Sat, Mar 21st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
1.5 Days
Wood-fired bread

Old World Breads

What was bread like before the industrial age of inexpensive commercial yeast, bleached white flour and fossil-fuel fired ovens? How does one make healthy, flavorful breads rooted in those traditions? These questions will guide this class. Learn the basics of making home made bread with a strong emphasis on traditional…
Fri, Feb 21st, 2020  –  Sat, Feb 22nd, 2020
Day 1: 2pm-6pm Day 2: 8am-4pm
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
4½ Days
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Ovencrafting: Building and Baking in the Wood-Fired Brick Oven

Hearth loaves, live-fire cooking, flatbreads, and overnight baked bean pots—just a few of the many potential uses of the wood-fired masonry oven made popular by Alan Scott.  This workshop will explore the history and construction of masonry ovens and the mixing and baking of wood-fired bread. Over the four days…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
1 Day
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The Elements of Pizza

Most of us have opinions about the Italian flatbread known ‘round the world.  There are so many pizza styles, recipes and methods, but what really makes a good homemade pizza? This class will explore the four basic elements that define a pizza: the dough, the sauce, the cheese, and the…
Sat, May 16th, 2020
9am-6pm

Past Courses Offered by Caleb Mattison

Sparks & Flames: Fire-Starting