SWMI Cooking Classes: Master Your Culinary Talents with Courses for All Ages

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Let’s Get Cooking in Southwest Michigan

Cereal for dinner again?

For many parents, cooking can be a chore. Many of us make the same meals on a regular basis, rarely venturing outside of our culinary comfort zones.

Add kids’ activities and parents’ work schedules into the mix, and we often don’t have sufficient time or ingredients to make the meals we want. Before you break out the cornflakes for dinner again, why not check out local cooking classes?

We’ve rounded up classes for both adults AND kids to polish their cooking and baking skills near Kalamazoo. And if scheduling is a challenge, we found some virtual alternatives as well.


In-Person Cooking and Baking Classes in Greater Kalamazoo

“Can I help make dinner?”

A great way to bond with your children is to cook together. Whether it’s preparing dinner or baking the favorite family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, kids can have a lot of fun in the kitchen too.

We’ve highlighted the local spots that include classes for the next generation of chefs plus some adult-only classes as well.

Cornwell’s Turkeyville

18935 15 1/2 Mile RD, Marshall, MI 49068

Turkeyville in Marshall offers “Simpler Life” courses in canning, fermenting, cooking and Mommy & Me style baking.

Mommy & Me classes often include fun sugar cookies or cupcake decorating for the holidays. These classes sell out quickly, so we recommend booking your reservation early.

Cornwell's Turkeyville

Crème Baking & Cooking Classes


Crème classes are designed to teach kids culinary skills and techniques through a hands-on approach. Each monthly session is comprised of three ninety minutes classes and will focus on a different genre of baking.

Coming soon: Pop-up evening classes for kids and “Bake & Take” classes for adults

Kids: Classes are geared toward homeschooled children ages 7-12 on Monday mornings.

Crème Baking & Cooking Classes

Food Mix

47 W Michigan ave, Galesburg, MI 49053

Food Mix is an educational kitchen located in downtown Galesburg, Michigan right across the street from Harding’s Market.

This kitchen provides hands-on learning for sustainable living, healthy eating, disease prevention, and lots more. This is a judgment-free, fun atmosphere for everyone to learn more about our relationship with food.

Fresh Food is Fun

Throughout Michigan & Virtually

Cooking classes catered to any age group are brought to your location and on your schedule. Attendees participate from start to finish, from chopping and preparing the food and trying it.

Fresh Food is Fun Cooking Classes Virtual Kids

Kellogg Community College

450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Making cookies, cheese, and gardening techniques are all covered on their campus in Battle Creek through Lifelong Learning.

Schedule: Varies, most courses are on weekdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kids: Some classes include teens (see course descriptions)

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

418 E Walnut St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

KVCC’s classes feature both a chef and a registered dietitian as they explore both cooking and nutrition. Classes cover specific foods (making pasta, baked goods) and foods by location (Thai street food, Rustic Italian).

Schedule: Weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Pacific Rim Foods

29 West Kilgore Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Classes are offered approximately every month with an easy-to-follow new dish each time. Classes are typically limited to 12 participants.

Private group classes are also available.

Pacific Rim Cooking Class

The Cake Boutique

56300 City Center Circle, Mattawan, MI 49071

Award-winning cake artist and professional chocolatier, Beth Meyer, offers private and group classes for kids and adults.

Classes are offered during less busy times of the year or upon request.

The Cake Boutique Cooking Baking Classes

The Candy Lady

640 Romence Rd. Suite 111 Kalamazoo, MI 49024

Although under new ownership, The Candy Lady’s tradition in SWMI continues with offering a variety of candy and bakery supplies plus the expertise to help you master your baking skills.

Classes start in April 2023.

The Henderson Castle

100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

This historic bed and breakfast hosts cooking classes for kids and adults. See their Facebook events for more information.

Schedule: Weekends, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kids: Classes offered for ages 7-14

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The People’s Food Co-op

507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The PFC has partnered with WMU Student Dietetics Association to offer cooking classes approximately once a month. Class subjects vary with a focus on plant-based recipes.

Kids: Classes are geared toward adults, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Portage Culinary Academy

7340 Garden LN, Portage MI 49002

Portage Culinary Academy offers cooking classes through the City of Portage with area chefs. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced chef learn something new each month at Stuart Manor.

Virtual Cooking Classes & Subscriptions

Need a more flexible option to grow your kitchen skills? Try online courses or at-home subscriptions to enhance your culinary talents.

Fresh Food is Fun

Throughout Michigan & Virtually

Specialty cooking classes are offered virtually, from pizza to tamales to mozzarella cheese.

Fresh Food is Fun Cooking Classes Virtual Classes

Kellogg Community College

450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

No time to attend courses in person? Kellogg Community College offers online-only courses as a flexible option for learning at home when your schedule permits.

JOANN Fabrics

6151 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002

Online video lessons are available in many subject areas including baking and cake decorating. Classes stream through Creativebug.


subscription Service

Another option for your budding chef is Raddish, a monthly subscription service.

Each monthly kit (aimed at ages 4-14) includes illustrated recipes, grocery lists, kid-friendly cooking tools and skill cards to work on their cooking techniques.

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