cookingclasses

Cooking Classes

Garlic Press Cooking Classes have been offered for over 30 years and are one of our most popular features. We love to share our passion for good food and exploring new cuisines from around the world. We offer a wide range of styles from elegant menus for entertaining to familiar comfort food.

Due to class popularity and limited space, they fill up quickly, so plan ahead. Please call us to check class availability at 309.452.8841.

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Private Cooking Classes

We’re also happy to work with you to provide custom Private Cooking Classes for groups (friends, bridal showers, co-workers…), call or email the store for detail!

Current Cooking Class Schedule

CLASS REGISTRATION POLICIES: WALK-IN REGISTRATION ONLY on Saturday, October 7th at 9:30amin the retail store. NOTE: even though the cafe is closed, we will open the space for you with baked goods and FREE coffee starting at 8:30am. Call or come in to register starting Mon., October 9th @ 10am.Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until October 21st. After Oct. 21, you may register for as many classes as you wish. CLASS PAYMENT DUE UPON REGISTRATION. Students get a 10% storewide discount during class, some exceptions apply. Refunds: Only given if cancellation is received 3 days before class date, otherwise you will receive the recipes.

 

QUICK & DELICIOUS FALL FAVORITES—with Collin & Sara Riley. The waiting list was so long for this class in the last session that we’re offering it again right away. Join them for this Chef’s menu of Tomato Bisque with Parmesan & Basil Crostini, Roasted Chicken with Gravy and Roasted Root Vegetables and fall in love over Bourbon Bread Pudding with vanilla, cardamom and cherries! $40 11-12:30pm, Saturday, October 14 HEARTY ITALIAN DINNER–with Sandi Knapp. Once the weather stays cold you’ll want these terrific go-to recipes at the ready. Join Sandi for the Italian favorites from her heritage: Winter Panzanella Salad, Turkey and Artichoke stuffed Pasta Shells, Spinach Fettuccini with Clam Butter Sauce and for a sweet finish, Caramelized Pears with rum Raisin Mascarpone. $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, October 16

 

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE –with Sandi Knapp. One of the most loved ingredients of all time is chocolate and this class has it in spades. Join Sandi for 3 chocolate treats (no tricks this Halloween) including a signature Chocolate Soufflé Cake, a touch of spice in her Chocolate Cayenne cookies and a quick, but luxurious Chocolate Pot de Creme. $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, October 23

 

AUTUMN DINNER–with Carol Hiebert. What a lovely seasonal dinner menu to enjoy at home! Let Carol inspire you to set the dinning table and make a homemade meal. Join her for Roast Pork Shoulder with white beans, bacon & greens, Arugula Salad with grapes & avocado, her famous Quick Focaccia and Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce and Pie Crust top! $40 6-8:00pm, Thursday, October 26

 

CHILLY NIGHT SUPPER–with Carol Hiebert. Another winning dinner menu plan from Carol to shake off the cold evenings. Bring friends and family to the table for Roast Chicken with a Black Pepper-Maple glaze, decadent 3 Cheese Potato Gratin, a salad of Winter Greens & Spiced Pecans and something sweet to finish! $40 6-8:00pm, Wednesday, November 1

 

MEDITERRANEAN FLAVORS–with Collin & Sara Riley. This is a favorite class we thought bared repeating with lots of great tastes! Join our only husband and wife Chef duo for Potato and Kale Soup with Kalamata Olives, hand-made Falafel and Vegetable Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and for a sweet and nutty finish, Mixed Fruit Baklava! $40 11-12:30pm, Saturday, November 4

 

SIMPLY GREAT WEEKNIGHT MEALS–with Carol Hiebert. At her best when it comes to quick and easy weeknight dinners that will up your game in the kitchen. Join Carol for Chipotle Soy Sauce Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Chinese Noodles with (leftover) Pork Tenderloin & Nappa Cabbage, juicy braised Chicken with Fennel, Green Olives & Tomatoes over creamy baked Polenta. $40 6-8:00pm, Thursday, November 9

 

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN–with Brandy Jo Rossiter. Class is in session and Brandy Jo is the kids favorite teacher! Her specialty is her ability to work with kids and match them with her high energy level. Sign up your young chef for Bacon & Spinach Quiche, Chicken Taquitos, Chocolate Turtle Apples and even Baked Banana Bread Donuts! (Ages 10-16, Limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult) $40 6-8:00 pm, Monday, November 13 COOK THE BOOK–with Trish Ranello. Le Creuset is releasing a brand new Cookbook that we can’t wait to arrive for fabulous cooking this Fall. Trish is choosing a collection of recipes from this new publication for you to see and taste. She’ll be using the heirloom Cast Iron icon pieces and the high quality ceramic bakeware to make a guaranteed winning menu! We’ll be giving away a free Le Creuset gift too!$40 6-8:00pm, Wednesday, November 15

 

TAKS GREATEST HITS–with Tak Cheung. In the last session, Tak taught four Chinese cooking classes with different themes and techniques. We thought picking our favorite dish from each class for one “greatest hits” compilation class would be fun! So here it is: Stir Fry Chicken & Broccoli, Shrimp Fried Rice, Ramen Noodle bowl and steamed Pork Dumplings! $40 6-8:00pm, Thursday, November 16

 

TURKEY LEFTOVER DILEMMA–with Lynda Detmers. Here are some great ideas to put your turkey to good use, you may consider cooking a bigger turkey just to make them all! Join Lynda (and her stories!) for Turkey, Brie & Apple Butter Panini, Roast Turkey Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), Turkey & Mushroom Gnocchi and even Turkey Pot Pie! $40 1-1:00pm, Saturday, November 18 FOUR DINNERS DONE–with Sandi Knapp. If you are familiar with Sandi, you know that she’s a seasoned traveler, add to that her restaurant experience with her husband years ago and you’ve got a love for all flavors of food. Here are four diverse sure fire hits to make in your kitchen: Cajun Chicken Noodle Soup, Spicy Coconut Salmon, Indian Butter Chicken and 40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken & Pasta. $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, November 27

 

FOUR DINNERS DONE–with Sandi Knapp. If you are familiar with Sandi, you know that she’s a seasoned traveler, add to that her restaurant experience with her husband years ago and you’ve got a love for all flavors of food. Here are four diverse sure fire hits to make in your kitchen: Cajun Chicken Noodle Soup, Spicy Coconut Salmon, Indian Butter Chicken and 40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken & Pasta. $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, November 27