Cooking Classes Up North

By Paula McIntyre

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Although we finally have enough snow to get out and enjoy the winter, the thought of staying inside to enjoy the tastes and aromas of good cooking, guided by the expertise of local chefs sounds pretty appealing too! Northern Michigan has plenty of cooking classes available for recreational cooks.

Have you gone to any cooking classes in the area? We'd love to hear about your experiences. And let me know of any others to list here. In the meantime, here's a list to get you started!

Making teriyaki chicken

Chateau Chantal

Traverse City
Nestled between two bays on the Old Mission Peninsula, Chateau Chantal offers a beautiful view with its cooking classes. Offered through April by Chef Perry Harmon, the current offerings include Bistro cooking, French Country, Paris/Texas, Pizza, Valentine menu, Vegetarian, Sola & Savory, and Warming Winter Soups.

The Cooks' House

Traverse City
Chefs Jen and Eric offer a range of themed classes on Saturday mornings at their downtown restaurant, as well as private classes that can be customized to your needs. Next up is an Introduction to Curries on April 13, followed by Easy Mexican Foods on April 27, and A Walk Through the Farmers Market in May, June and July. They're also teaching a few classes at NMC in February and March.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers a culinary series on Tuesday evenings with chefs from around the area. This popular series sells out quickly; but you can put your name on a waiting list.

Crooked Tree Breadworks

Baguette 101, Scones, the Ultimate Sandwich, and Dutch Oven Bread Making. How can you go wrong picking from a line-up like that? Classes are held Wednesday evenings at the bakery. For an insider look at a previous class, take a look at Mark Videan's The Ultimate Sandwich post.

Crystal Lake Art Center

The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts offers culinary arts classes throughout the year. Next up is Exotic Chocolate Tasting From Around the World with Jody Treter on February 6.

Northwestern Michigan College

Traverse City
NMC offers culinary courses covering a big range of topics this winter, from soups, sauces, hearty comfort food and cheese making; to Italian, Thai and Irish; from gluten-free and vegetarian to peak performance cooking and food and wine pairing. One highlight is the Winter Festival of Foods on February 9, when you can enjoy demonstrations and food discovery with NMC's culinary instructors, area chefs and specialty food businesses. Choose your favorite 4 workshops from 16 available options.


Traverse City
Traverse City's food co-op offers a variety of evening classes this winter, including A Taste of Japan, Thai Fresh, The Art of Chinese, A Vegan Whole Foods Feast, and Grain-Free Gourmet. Classes are held at the Grace Episcopal Church at 341 Washington Street in Traverse City.

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Ann Drury

Monday, January 28, 2013

Good resource Paula. We did have a great night last week cooking Japanese.