Desert island cooking class

Illustration by TK

“If you were stranded on a desert island, would you eat meat?” This clichéd question may get asked on Thanksgiving, since some folks consider “Turkey Day” more about eating a bird corpse than gratitude. As an alternative, JD’s Bakery & Cafe Restaurant in Rocklin (3700 Midas Avenue) is hosting a new monthly vegan cooking class series, so vegans can bring something to the table. For $35, get a hands-on lesson on a Thanksgiving-themed appetizer, entree and dessert, with a Caribbean twist on either Sunday, November 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., or Monday, November 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Owner Wolete “Sunny” Atherley said her Rastafarian background played a big role in JD’s offering vegan menu options, and that she wants to share those cooking skills with others. Turns out, there’s vegan food on the desert island, too. Visit for more info.