Cooking Class As Near As Your Local Grocery Store

March 17, 2009 | By | Comments (4)

Prep_work1I’m a big fan of cooking classes, but the low-commitment, non-intense ones.  Perfect for when life is crazy, there are kids at home, and I just have a little bit of time to escape.  You can find cooking classes in a number of different locations, and some might even surprise you.  How about your local grocery store?  Our Shop-Rite holds cooking classes twice a week, and the menus are as varied as the ingredients.  Vegetarian, Indian food, Mother’s Day Brunch, you name it, and they’ve probably covered it.

I just got back from a class at our local Shop Rite, and for $20, it’s one of the best bargains out there.  And these days, who doesn’t need a bargain?  The class is run by a local chef and lasts about two hours.  Some of them are pure demonstration, where the chef makes the entire menu in front of you, and you feast on it as components are completed, and then leave with the recipes.  Some allow for a little more participation.  Tonight’s class menu featured Green Lettuce and Seared Certified Angus Beef Steak "Carpaccio" Wraps with Lime Zest, Tilapia with Lemon-Chive Sauce with Sauteed Red Chard and Brown Basmati Rice and Creamy Citrus Cheesecake with Apricot-Lemon Sauce.  Not bad for twenty bucks, right?

If you happen to have a Kings Cooking Studio near you, they are another great source for cooking classes (I am taking one in April with Tilapia1 my six-year-old son), and even King Arthur Flour gives nationwide classes (that’s next week’s plan) and those happen to be my favorite price: free.  A two hour class on baking cookies and pies … for free.  No arm-twisting needed.  Your local community adult school is another great source for classes as well, as is Michael’s Craft Store.  Michael’s does the Wilton baking classes and they’re currently running a fantastic deal … four Mondays in April, two hours each, $22!  No surprise that you’ll find me there next month.

What classes have you taken lately?  Where do you go when you want a little extra culinary education?   The next time you want a little "me" time or a little lesson in cooking, look local.  Your next class could be as close as your nearest grocery store.


  1. Joanna

    Publix Apron Cooking school! They have great cooking classes – AND a wonderful option where you can come and observe a meal being cooked, get the recipes, and enjoy all the food with a wine pairing – without sweating actually preparing the food! We did the latter option for my twin sister’s bachelorette. For a bigger splurge, some hotels/resorts also offer cooking classes, like The Greenbriar in West Virginia. I’m dying personally to take a cake decorating class. It sounds like a totally frivolous skill that would be super fun to have!

    March 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm
  2. KAF Bakers

    Thanks for the mention. Hope you enjoy the classes in your area. We offer free online classes as well, and over 1,200 free recipes on our site. Thanks for spreading the word about education.
    Happy Baking!
    MaryJane @ King Arthur Flour

    March 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm
  3. Cate O’Malley

    Joanna – No Publix here, but you’re right – what a fantastic idea for a party! Spot on about the cake decorating – I will probably only use it for cupcakes to send into the kids’ school, but that’s quite alright by me. 🙂
    Thanks, MaryJane – looking forward to class tomorrow!

    March 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm
  4. Jackie

    Thanks for the posting, came across this site and would like to share it with other moms –
    gives kids the opportunity to learn about healthy food habits, helps you teach your children to cook and information on the numerous benefits enjoyed by moms who encourage their kids to cook. Check it out as there are loads of healthy recipes and easy and fun online cooking classes which you could enjoy with the help of your kids.

    June 19, 2009 at 9:18 am

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