Helping people and the environment for 25 years

Silver Linings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the environment and the health and welfare of people of all ages.

All office space and overhead are donated, so the money we raise goes to our programs.

Continuing Education at Seattle Central College:

 Our classes below are recognized as Approved Programs by
the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. 

Food & Cooking Through Science   

Become a better cook or baker with a little knowledge about the science of food and cooking. Fall in love with cooking and the beauty of nature and food! For home cooks and professionals.

Tuesdays, 9/26-11/28, 5-8pm. Classes are at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill. Instructor: Michael Silver

Note: This program is approved for 30 continuing education hours toward your initial or recertification application for ACF (American Culinary Federation) certification.

Photo of hands pouring chocolate from spoon into small dish over a pot

Chocolate Making: from Bean to Bar

Are you a chocolate lover and want to become a chocolate maker? Dive into the fascinating and delicious world of craft chocolate! Enjoy a hands-on experience with every step in chocolate making. 

Mondays, 10/02-11/27, 5:30-8pm. Classes are at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill. Instructor: Michael Silver

Note: This program is approved for 23 continuing education hours toward your initial or recertification application for ACF (American Culinary Federation) certification.

The Land of Food and SuperPowers

Chef’s Village is an immersive learning environment for adults of all ages.
From cookies and custards to steaks and souffles, from kitchen cleanliness and knife skills to slow cooking and smart shopping, Chef’s Village has something for everyone.
Chef’s Village’s curriculum is based around sustainability, food science, and growth mindset.

About Silver Linings

Founded in 1997, Silver Linings first worked to raise money for cystic fibrosis (CF) research and environmental research, partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., where Michael was on the Research Advisory Committee, reading scientific grant applications and funding research projects. Ultimately, this research and that of the CFF and others led to new, life-changing drugs for people with CF.

Soon, Silver Linings expanded to support a number of projects as well as other non-profits, schools, hospitals, and other organizations in the interest of helping children and our environment. Some of our beneficiaries are listed below.

In addition to our community projects, our fund-raising projects include producing a number of concerts including Carlos Santana, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron, Robert Silverman, and other rock, jazz, and classical musicians. All of these concerts were recorded and 100% of proceeds from sales went to support our efforts.

Advisory Board

Dr. Harold McGee is a world-renowned authority on the science of food and cooking. Named one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, McGee earned his PhD in English from Yale and his undergraduate degree in science and literature at Caltech. He has written two prize-winning books, On Food and Cooking and The Curious Cook, as well as many articles and reviews. He was also named food writer of the year by Bon Appétit magazine.

Kenji Lopez-Alt

J. Kenji López-Alt is an American chef and food writer. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, became a critical and commercial success, charting on the New York Times Bestseller list and winning the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for the best General Cooking cookbook. The cookbook expanded on López-Alt’s “The Food Lab” column on the Serious Eats blog. López-Alt is known for using the scientific method in his cooking to improve popular American recipes and to explain the science of cooking.López-Alt started Wursthall in 2017, a beer hall style restaurant in San Mateo, California, and maintains a popular YouTube channel in which he demonstrates various recipes and cooking techniques.

Michael Silver

Michael Silver‘s background includes culinary arts (cooking, baking, and as a food safety instructor), math, music, art, computer science, technology, telecommunications, molecular biology, motorsports, teaching, language, scuba diving, and emergency medicine. He has certifications as an EMT, DMT, electrician, an FCC license, in food and alcohol, and he is an honorary Air Force Captain. His volunteer work includes teaching for the American Red Cross, emergency medicine for the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, volunteering for the SPCA, teaching high-performance driving, and doing molecular biology research at Stanford University. He has served on Boards for both Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. and the Motorsport Safety Foundation. Michael’s professional career includes work for Apple, NASA, Google, and other companies. His own company, Audio High, Inc., has been in business for 25 years. For a full bio, click here.

David Estroff

Dr. David Estroff is an expert in pediatric medicine and pediatric nutrition. He graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1976. Now retired, he worked in Tacoma, WA and three other locations and specialized in Internal Medicine. Dr. Estroff is affiliated with Madigan Army Medical Center. His experience also includes work at Madigan Army Medical Center and at United States Army Health Center Grafenwoehr in Germany. Prior to that, he practiced at MultiCare Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He has also been involved in research and residency programs.

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