Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:34

Back to School: Cooking classes around West Michigan

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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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.


Downtown Market

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. 


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