Whether you are a seasoned cook or a parent looking to encourage better eating habits with your child, a cooking class is a great place to start to shake up your meals plans and even learn a new trick or two.
Here at KZOOkids.com, we have provided you a list of cooking events and classes for adults in the Kalamazoo area to spice up your menu and add a healthier flare to your at-home dining.
*This article has been updated as of January 2018.
401 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-382-1888
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 8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 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 last demo-style class is on Thursday, March 22, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 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.
Grilling on the Roof: What better way to heat up your grilling skills than by joining the experts at Food Dance for their Fire and Sky Grilling Class on the roof! Different tools and techniques of grilling using charcoal and wood will be given while participants enjoy the delicious food and a cold drink. This class is offered on three dates, June 12,13,14, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, so choose the day that works best for you. At $85, this class would also make for a winning Father’s Day gift for the favorite dad in your life!
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 run from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm. The topics of cooking range from Southern Comfort food to One-Pot Cooking. For scheduling specifics and to purchase tickets, contact 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 3rd Saturday of month, start at noon and last around 4 hours. Check out the menu and schedule on the website.
507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-342-5686
The PFC offers a budget-friendly class for just $20 per adult, with kids ages 12-17 able to attend free with an adult. On February 20, they will be offering a Plant-Based Eating for Weight Loss class and on February 27, a class about Vegan Proteins. These classes last from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm. Come hungry and get your fill of both knowledge and healthy cooking techniques. Sign up is easy with any PFC cashier to reserve your spot!
All busy parents would love to save time and make healthier choices during the busy school week. Chef Ken Bailey will be teaching a course titled Cooking with Ken: Casseroles, Lasagnas, & One-Pot Dishes. Join this class (location: Portage Central High School) on Tuesday, February 6 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to learn how to replace fast food with easy home-cooked meals. The cost of this class is $15.
7340 Garden Lane, Portage, MI
The City of Portage Parks and Recreation welcomes One Well Brewing for a cooking class in which participants will learn how to use fresh ingredients to create Fresh Vegetable Garden Pasta. The class will be held on February 21st, with a sign-up deadline of February 7th. The cost is $20 and the class runs from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, register online.
Kalamazoo College, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-492-7196
Hosted at the Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College, Welcoming Michigan will be hosting a Cultivating Community Through Cooking Series starting February 13th. This unique cooking experience will be taught by individuals or families who have recently made Michigan their home. As the native dishes are shared, participants will have the opportunity to have open conversation and learn about the refugees in Michigan. The cost of this course is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, please call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the event online.
Are in interested in learning to prepare healthier foods that are both nutritious and delicious, but can’t squeeze in a class due to a busy schedule? If this sounds right, 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 next session starting February 14th.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Bronson Healthy Living Campus)
615 E. Crosstown Pkwy, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-353-1253
Kalamazoo Valley wants to inspire individuals to prepare healthy and delicious meals at home. They are 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 dietitian, followed by sampling the prepared foods. Classes are $65 and are held at the Bronson Healthy Living Campus in downtown Kalamazoo. For more information call 269.353.1253 or register online.
450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI | 269-965-3931
Kellogg Community College has a wide variety of cooking classes each month. They are open to the public and run from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Some of the inspiring class titles include:
- Pressure Canning Basics
- Homemade Artisan Bread
- DIY Yogurt
Call or register online to sign up for one of their Lifelong Learner classes!
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-805-5308
Looking for a date-night or girls night out? Would you like to get your kids more interested in the kitchen? There are a variety of classes with a wide variety of topics and age groups offered at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids. They even offer a three-day cooking class during Spring Break for kids (ages 5-10). Sounds like a great way to break up the week! Hop on the website to view and register for classes.
Have you had a blast learning a new recipe at a class? Let us know in the comments!