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Cooking Classes For Adults In Kalamazoo


With the holidays over and the new year just begun, are you looking for some fun ideas on how to “spice” up the rest of winter? With lots of us making new year’s resolutions that have to do with how we eat, now is a great time to head into the kitchen with some new skills. We’ve put together a listing of some exciting opportunities to try out some different recipes, learn some new skills, and of course, taste some yummy food!

*This information has been update in January, 2017. 

Food Dance Café

401 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-382-1888

The Art of Soup Class

There is no better time than the blustery winter month of January to learn some great soup techniques. You’ll learn all about solid base, proper ingredients, styles of soups and how to garnish. This class is offered on two different dates, choose either Wednesday, January 11 from 6-8pm or Thursday, January 12 from 6-8pm. Seats are limited, so call soon to reserve your spot. The cost of this class is $65.

March Meat Madness

Calling all carnivores! If you are a meat lover you will not want to miss this exciting month. There will be three special events celebrating the Midwestern love affair with meat! Not only will participants learn about different recipes and cuts of meat, they will also learn about the quality and sustainability of the meat they consume.

The first class offered will be the hands-on Knife Skills Class on Thursday, March 2 from 6-8pm. This $50 class will teach you how to choose the proper knife for what you are preparing, how to store and care for your knives, and also instruct participants on basic cutting skills.

The second class offered is on Thursday, March 9 from 6-8pm. Butchering for the Home Cook is a demo-style class that will be taught by Chef Brad McKenzie and other in-house butchers. Participants will learn useful techniques to be able to butcher both large and small cuts of meat. The $75 cost to this class includes having a chance to practice butchering and also a delicious goodie bag to take home.

The demo-style class on Wednesday, March 23rd from 6-8pm will be all about sausage! The Sausage Making Class will feature Chef Brad McKenzie demonstrating and teaching the techniques of processing, grinding, stuffing, casing, and cooking sausage. Eating is also included in this fun class, which costs $65.


Bravo! Restaurant

5402 Portage Road, Kalamazoo, MI  | 269-344-7700

Starting up again in March, join award-winning Bravo! Restaurant Chef/Owner Shawn Hagen for some fun and entertaining cooking classes. These classes are geared to appeal to both the novice and experienced chef, and you will not only be guided in the creation of wonderful meals, but you’ll also learn some of Chef Shawn’s best tricks of the trade. Each participant will get a recipe packet to take home. Classes are $65 per person and range from Mexican food and grilling to Fusion cuisine and brunch. For scheduling specifics and to purchase tickets, please call the restaurant.


100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI  | 269-384-2650

One of Kalamazoo’s finest restaurants features an exciting cooking class each month, with each class matching the Chef’s Table theme of the month. Participants will enjoy an afternoon of hands-on learning, with guidance on each ingredient. Each class is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Classes are typically the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of month, with an exact schedule located online.

The People’s Food Co-op

507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, MI |  269-342-5686

Who wouldn’t want to warm up with a piping hot bowl of Risotto? Learn how to make this Italian rice dish at the PFC Grocery and Deli on Tuesday, January 10 from 6:30-8:30pm. Once you learn the basics, you can experiment with countless ingredients to brighten up this yummy meal. This budget-friendly class is just $20 per adult, with kids under 17 able to attend free with an adult. Come hungry and get your fill of both knowledge and risotto! Sign up is easy with any PFC cashier.

Are you a beginner cook? If so, sign up for the PFC Cooking 101 Super Basics Class. This class will familiarize participants with basic kitchen tools and techniques, and help you gain a newfound confidence in the kitchen. This $20 class will be held on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30pm. Sign up with a PFC cashier to reserve your spot!

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

701 West Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI | 269-721-419

Join Chef Paul at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for an informative demonstration on how to make breads and baked goods with beer!  This class will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 3-5pm, with participants getting to take some delicious bread home with them! The cost is $20 for members and $27 for non-members.

Kellogg Community College

450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI | 269-965-3931

Great cooking classes are available. Some of the class titles include:

  • Healthy & Fresh Superfoods
  • Cheese Pairing Party Tips & Ideas
  • Healthy Italian Appetizers: Delizioso!
  • A Taste of Summer: Party Foods You’ll Love and more!

Kalamazoo Community Education


Are in interested in learning to prepare healthier foods that are both nutritious and delicious, but can’t squeeze in a class to your busy schedule? If this sounds like you, you’re in luck! Head over to the Kalamazoo Community Education website to register for Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals. This course is completely online and taught by Donna Acosta, RDN, ACE-Certified Health Coach, registered dietitian and nutrition educator. You’ll learn new recipes, tips for grocery shopping, menu planning, and lots more. The 6-week course costs $92 and has several options for start dates, with the first starting on January 18.




Kalamazoo Valley is offering hands-on cooking classes which help participants understand the connections between food, its nutritional value and health. Based on the principle of “food as medicine,” each class focuses on improving nutrition knowledge and includes new strategies for using food to impact health.

All classes are three hours long and include a cooking demonstration with a chef and registered dietician, followed by sampling the prepared foods. Classes are held at the Bronson Healthy Living Campus in downtown Kalamazoo. For more information call 269.353.1253. To register visit: www.kvcc.edu/trainingschedule.

For community members: (COM): $65 per class.

February 21
Cooking in the Kitchen: Understanding how fats fit into a healthy diet

Healthy fats are good for your heart and a key part of a nutritious diet. Join us for delicious fun as our team show you how easy it is to include healthy fats in everyday cooking, and identify the types of fats in food.

March 14
Cooking in the Kitchen: Total healthy eating approach to life

All foods can fit into everyday eating! This cooking session teaches participants how to practice mindful eating and become aware of the endless tasty opportunities available through crafty food selection.

May 16
Cooking in the Kitchen: Understanding gluten sensitivity

Cutting down on gluten in everyday eating can be a challenge. Successful gluten-free recipes require more than just new ingredients, and our chef will teach you new techniques to use gluten-free grains to prepare healthy, fun meals.

June 20
Cooking in the Kitchen: The Balancing Act – Understanding how carbs fit into a healthy diet

Carbohydrates have many names, which can be confusing. This class will walk you through terms such as “whole food” and “fiber-rich carbohydrates” to make healthy food choices effortless. Our chef will share secrets for using fresh, flavorful local ingredients to replace sugars in your cooking.

For Medical Professionals (CME): $150 per class, 4 Continuing Medical Education (CME)** credits offered

February 23
Cooking in the Kitchen: Lipids- Their impact on health and disease

Wondering how to increase your patients’ compliance with “heart healthy” meal plans? This cooking session is designed to help medical professionals identify the roles, sources, and current recommendations related to key lipids in diet. You will also learn culinary strategies to create easy and savory heart healthy dishes using local, fresh ingredients.

March 16
Cooking in the Kitchen: Total healthy eating approach to life

Centered on an “all foods can fit model”, this workshop clarifies confusion over “good food” and “bad food.” Medical professionals will gain insights to help their patients incorporate all foods as part of a long-term disease management strategy. You will learn tips on how to create flavorful meals that suit individual tastes, cultures, and lifestyles.

May 18

Cooking in the Kitchen: Understanding gluten sensitivity

Patients with non-celiac wheat sensitivity experience symptoms similar to those with celiac disease. Medical professionals will learn tips on how to help patients start a low-gluten meal plan and prefect gluten free meals that the whole family will love. Our chef will walk you through the steps for cooking with healthy, low gluten grains – and yes, they are delicious!

June 22
Cooking in the Kitchen: Depression- Food and Mood

In this interactive session, health care professionals will learn how nutrition and diet affect depression. Specific nutrients, foods, and eating patterns will be discussed as well as strategies to begin implementing the principles of “food as medicine” into client encounters. Participants will learn how to make healthy and delicious foods that emphasize the nutrients that are being researched in the area of depression and mental health.