Online Cooking Class with Self-Help International

Virtual Cooking Class with Self-Help International
Saturday, January 23, 2021

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CT
With hosts Jackie Akerberg
The Bartender’s Handshake
and Chef Maribeth Mulready

Join Self-Help International to cook up some great food and support a great cause! On Sat., Jan. 23, 2021, hop on Zoom and get cookin’ with Dave Murrin-von Ebers from Bartender’s Handshake in Des Moines and Chef Maribeth Mulready. Dave will open up the evening with a lesson on how to make a cocktail using sweet potato (a great source of Vitamin A and crucial for mother’s in Self-Help’s nutrition program). Prepared cocktail kits will be available for pickup from Bartender’s Handshake for $12 each with a mocktail (non-alcoholic) option available. Each kit makes one cocktail/mocktail. If you’d prefer this cocktail premade, you can select the premade option below. If you’d prefer a different cocktail from Bartender’s Handshake, you can order directly from them online at or calling 515-630-3008. You must be registered by Wed., Jan 20, to order a cocktail kit from Bartender’s Handshake.

After the cocktail portion, Chef Maribeth will take over and teach a fabulous menu of tostones (fried green plantains), a West African peanut soup with sweet potatoes, and Ghanaian omo tuo (sticky rice balls). You will receive instructions, the ingredient list, and the Zoom information the week of the cooking class.

DOWNLOAD THE SUPPLIES LIST FOR THE COOKING CLASS HERE – please have bolded ingredients prepped beforehand

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Sehr, Self-Help’s Director of Development, at 319-352-4040, or


About Bartender’s Handshake

The Bartender’s Handshake is a locally-owned Des Moines bar located on Ingersoll Ave. They offer a unique selection of drinks and small bites in a cozy hang-out atmosphere. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been offering carry-out cocktail options so that you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. To learn more about getting carry-out from Bartender’s Handshake or to support them during this difficult time, visit Address for pickup: 3615 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312.

About Chef Maribeth Mulready

Chef Maribeth Mulready is a health supportive chef based out of Des Moines, Iowa. She is a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute’s chef training program, and she focuses on plant-based cuisine and sweet indulgences. Before becoming a chef, Chef Maribeth spent 5 years as a school counselor, and she uses her background in counseling to explore the strong link between food and decision making. You can find out more about Chef Maribeth on her website,