If you’re stuck in a cooking rut or looking to build your culinary skills, cooking classes are the way to go. You’ll add a little variety to your recipe book, learn some trade secrets and have something to eat at the end of it all.
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
downtownmarketgr.com, (616) 805-530
The Downtown Market hosts a wide variety of cooking classes every month for beginners, couples and pros alike.
Warm Up the Irish Way
March 16, 6-8:30 p.m., $75
Beer cheese, brown butter soda rolls and Irish sausage are on the agenda for this traditional Irish cooking class. You’ll also make an Irish colcannon, a mix of softened cabbage, leeks and potatoes. Then finish the meal off with a warm cup of Irish coffee (meaning whiskey).
Slow Your Roll: Beginner Sushi
March 20, 6-8:30 p.m., $75
An expert sushi chef will teach you the basics of rolling, cutting and preparing three classic sushi rolls: California roll, Philadelphia roll and coconut shrimp roll. Impress guests with your new Japanese knife skills, proper sushi plating and garnishing techniques. Japanese beer and sake will be available to purchase.
Thai Roll Workshop
March 27, 6-8:30 p.m., $65
This class teaches the art of Thai rolls. This workshop features pork egg rolls and turkey springs rolls along with handmade dipping sauces. These pair perfectly with a Thai peanut salad.
The Local Epicurean
1440 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
thelocalepicurean.com, (616) 206-5175
The Local Epicurean offers an abundance of classes for beginner cooks and experienced chefs alike, many of which focus on making homemade pasta. Here’s just a few of the other classes available:
Urbrian Steak Dinner and Cooking Class
Rotating weekend dates, $79
The Umbrian region of Italy is known for beef and red wine. This class brings the two together. Make black olive pesto caesar salad, seared garlic sirloin and handmade linguini in a mushroom and artichoke sauce. Dessert will be a chocolate tiramisu.
Dinner in Venice Cooking Class for Two
Rotating weekend dates, $79
Bring a date to this cooking class. Learn to make prosciutto salad and homemade tortellini in a beef bolognese sauce, then finish off dinner with an Italian cherry cream cake.
Chocolates by Grimaldi
219 N. 7th St., Grand Haven
chocolatesbygrimaldi.com, (616) 935-7740
Creative Chocolate Class
Call to reserve, $35
Indulge your sweet tooth and get creative at Chocolates by Grimaldi. This 90-minute class offers a chance to create, design and make your own customized chocolate bar after learning how to paint with colored chocolate.
Amore Trattoria Italiana
5080 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park
amoretrattoriaitaliana.com, (616) 785-5344
March 10, 2-3 p.m., FREE
Learn how to cook like a true Italian chef from owner and Chef Jenna Arcidiacono. Amore Trattoria Italiana features a free cooking class on the second Saturday of every month. This month, learn how to make Arancini, an Amore favorite. These risotto fritters are stuffed with fontina cheese, placed on top of tomato sauce and drizzled with spinach aioli.