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, July 15 at 9:30am in the retail store. NOTE: the GP Cafe will OPEN EARLY at 8:30am with FREE coffee! Call or come in to register starting Mon., July 17 @ 10am.Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until July 29. After July 29, 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.

CHINESE DUMPLINGS–with Tak Cheung. Chinese dumplings share similarities with similar items from around the world. Three of the most well known Chinese dumplings in America are Potstickers (also known as guotie), Jiaozi, and Wontons. You will learn the basic principles to create versions to your liking at home, delightful morsels with a variety of stuffings (meat, seafood, or vegetarian).  Light hands-on activity. $40 12-2pm, Saturday, August 5

KIDS COOKING–with Brandy Jo Rossiter. Hey kids! Learn a new skill this summer, learn to cook! Brandy Jo works hands-on with the kids, full of energy, skill and love of teaching. Join her for Skillet Kielbasa Pasta, Bruschetta Two Ways, Summer Spiral Veggie Frittata, and Cream Puffs for dessert. $40                            (Ages 10-16, Limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult) 6-8:00 pm, Monday, August 7

CHINESE DINNER PARTY–with Tak Cheung. In his continued pursuit to teach people how to cook tasty simple meals at home and to enjoy the time together with your family & friends over good conversation, Tak will show you the flexibility of cooking a full Chinese dinner for company.  He will make a five-course dinner using stir-fry techniques. Everyone in class will sample each dish to recreate at home, $40 12-2pm, Saturday, August 12

CORN IS ON THE MENU–with Sandi Knapp. With the annual uptown Sweet Corn Fest coming up Sandi has a menu to show off our midwestern bounty! Join her for Corn Chowder, Pasta with Corn & Tomatoes, Shrimp Fajitas with mushrooms & corn and Year-Round Corn Pudding. $40  6-8pm, Monday, August 14

SWEET CORN BUMPER CROP–with Lynda Detmers. We couldn’t say “no” to a second class celebrating the sweet yellow stuff of dreams. Join Lynda for Corn & Clam Spaghetti made with a white wine sauce, Bacon & Grilled Corn Relish with maple syrup, Corn & Black Bean Succotash with a Mexican twist and Caramel Corn Panna Cotta. $40 11-1pm, Saturday, August 19

EARLY AUTUMN–with Sandi Knapp. It’s never too early to plan for the flavors of fall while using the end of Summer’s bounty. Join Sandi for Chunky Tomato Bacon Soup, Quick Roasted Port & Sweet Potatoes, Baked Pasta with veggies & sage and a dessert to live for, Chocolate Pecan Cake! $40 1-2:30pm, Saturday, September 2

BACON NINJA STRIKES AGAIN–with Lynda Detmers. Who does not turn their head at the smell of cooked Bacon? If that’s you, join us for this bacon lovers class from our resident Bacon Ninja, Lynda. Learn how to make your own bacon jam for Bacon Jam Puff Pastry Pinwheels, Loaded Mash Bacon Bowls (potatoes & bacon!!) and traditional Cannoli made with Bacon! $40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, September 9

FRIED RICE–with Tak Cheung. A traditional dish in China remains an important one all over China and Southeast Asia, being served in many variations of flavors, tastes, and textures. You will learn the basic principles and skills of how to make fried rice quickly and efficiently. You can apply these techniques in your kitchen immediately after the class to create your own versions to please all ages. $40 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, September 12

TASTE OF SUMMER–with Carol Hiebert. This class is great for using fresh summer produce and puts into practice the heart healthy big flavors of a Mediterranean diet. Join Carol for Crecchiette, “little ear” shaped pasta with fresh-from-the-garden tomato “sauce”, baked Zucchini with Caramelized Onions, Olives and Tomatoes, an Italian herbed White Bean “Hummus” along with Carol’s famous quick Olive Oil Bread. $40. 6-8pm, Thursday, August 3

QUICK & DELICIOUS FALL FAVORITES-with Chefs Colin & Sara Riley. This pair of trained chefs are serious about good food, dedicated teachers and enjoy a little kitchen banter too! Join them for a fabulous meal 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 11-12:30 pm, Saturday, September 16

STIR FRY NOODLES–with Tak Cheung. Just last year Tak began teaching in our class kitchen and it has inspired him (like the true scientist he is) to figure out how to best teach others the organization of cooking from scratch on an everyday basis. Join Tak as he demonstrates a variety of noodles tossed with beef, chicken or vegetables that you will be able to re-create at home!$40 12-2pm, Saturday, September 23

DINNER OF TARTS–with Carol Hiebert. Tart; a flavorful crust layered with savory fillings that will satisfy the hungriest eaters at your table and will impress any guest, served with a simple salad. Join Carol for what she knows best, Zucchini, Swiss Chard and Gruyere Tart, Leek and Goat Cheese Galette, a double crusted Torta Rustica with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese and a hearty Torta Rustica with Italian Sausage Filling. $40  6-8pm, Thursday, September 28

FALL IN LOVE WITH FRENCH COOKING-with Chefs Colin & Sara Riley. Invite friends over for a French themed evening with this undeniably elegant meal. Join the Chefs for Butternut Bisque with Sage & Creme Fraiche served with baguette, Pan Roasted Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce & Potato Dauphinoise and a memorable Frangipane Pear Tart with ground almonds in rich pastry. $40 11-12:30pm Saturday, September 30