by Robin B
Kalamazoo has no shortage of delicious and diverse cuisine. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet evening at home. With the help of some professionals in the area, there is no reason that quiet evening at home has to be a ‘hamburger helper’ kind of dinner.
Check out the options below that will make sure you’re fully equipped to whip up a restaurant-quality dining experience in the comfort of your own kitchen. Note: these classes are for adults. See our “Baking With Kids” post for ideas on where to bake with the kiddos.
PLACES TO TAKE COOKING CLASSES
507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-342-5686
The People’s Food Co-op is more than a grocery store; it is a consumer-owned cooperative business with over 2400 community members and shoppers who have financially invested in the store, and thus are Co-op owners. Everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op. In addition to shopping, the Co-op offers cooking classes. Classes are held in their “Can-Do” kitchen and are $20 per person; kids age 12-17 can come free with the paid adult! (The kitchen is a program of Fair Food Matters www.fairfoodmatters.org).
The class menu changes monthly and is listed on their website along with the date and time for the class; generally during the week in the evening. Those interested in registering can call the Co-op or sign up through a cashier.
Kurry Guru Gourmet Foods is a Kalamazoo- based gourmet foods company that provides ready-to-eat gourmet Indian vegetarian foods and delicious snacks. They offer a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan meal options at various retailers in the community. Kurry Guru also specializes in cooking classes. The classes range from 4-10 people and run approximately 2 ½ hours. Cost is $40.00 – cash or check only. Classes are held in their commercial kitchen on Portage Road, across from the airport.
A variety of cooking classes will be available from January through May including Indian Bread Making, Appetizers, Curry Making, desserts just to name a few. For more information about cooking classes visit their website or follow them on Facebook at Kurry Guru Gourmet Foods, Michigan where you can sign up to be added to the mailing list for cooking classes.
401 Each Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-382-1888
Food Dance is a restaurant, market, bakery and catering establishment with a focus on ingredients sourced from local purveyors. Food Dance hosts cooking classes throughout the year and aims to introduce guests to new elements of the culinary and agricultural worlds. Classes are posted on the website and are held during the week in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
For January, Food Dance is offering two Soup Cooking Classes. Participants will learn about solid base, proper ingredients, styles of soups and great garnish. They will taste all that is prepared and take home recipes for use in their own kitchen. In February, Food Dance will offer a “Spirits Class” featuring Michigan distilleries, history, the distilling process and cocktail making. March is dedicated to “Meat Month” and classes will focus on the entire process from farming to knife skills, sausage making, cooking the meal and of course enjoying the meal.
100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-384-2650
Although not a true cooking class, the chef’s table at Zazio’s Restaurant (located inside the Radisson Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo) is an opportunity to learn about Italian cuisine. The chef’s table offers an intimate, interactive five-course dinner and wine pairing. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are available on Thursdays at 6:30pm and Fridays & Saturdays at 5:30pm & 8:30pm. The chef’s table also has other days available during the week, based on a minimum amount of diners. Visit the website to check on availability and to review the monthly menu theme.
5402 Portage Road, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-344-7700
Join Chef/Owner Shawn Hagen for cooking classes that are light-hearted, hands on, and entertaining. Geared for anyone from the novice cook to the experienced chef, Chef Shawn will guide participants to create wonderful meals as he shares some of the tricks of the trade. Attendees will be able to taste all of the recipes and receive a recipe packet to take home! Classes run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and are $65.00 per person. The 2015 class schedule is as follows:
Italy’s Best Ingredients-March 10 or 11, 2015
- Recipes highlighting classic ingredients from Olive Oil to Mascarpone and Capicola to Prosciutto.
Thrilled to Grill-May 12 or 13, 2015
- Recipes that will motivate you to cook more than burgers and steaks on the BBQ Grill this summer and all year long.
Cooking with Wine and Spirits-September 15 or 16, 2015
- Not just recipes that can be made while drinking a glass of wine, but recipes that show how wine brings a depth of flavor to food.
Soups and Stew just for You-October 6 or 7, 2015
- Eight different recipes that will keep you warm throughout the winter months.
701 West Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI | 269-721-4190
Located in Barry County, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute serves as an environmental educational center whereby visitors have an opportunity for outdoor education and access to seven miles of hiking trails. The institute offers a variety of events such as a maple syrup workshop, pottery workshop, brunches and cooking classes.
On Saturday, January 17 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Chef Richard Centala will teach the art of making hors d’oeuvres with wine. Learn how to make simple, elegant appetizers using different types of wines. Cost is $23.00 and participants can register online.
Join Chef Shaun Robinson for a series of cooking classes offered through Kalamazoo Community Education. Classes can be taken separately or sign up for all four classes and receive a discount.
- Fresh New Year’s Resolutions
- Grilling with Chef Shaun
- Romantic Kitchen Classics
- Vegetarian “Tapas Delights”
Classes begin in January and are held on Monday evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Community Education Center Cafeteria/Kitchen located at 714 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo.