Cooking Classes

Garlic Press Cooking Classes have been offered for over 40 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 details!

Current Cooking Class Schedule

HOW TO REGISER FOR CLASS: WALK-IN REGISTRATION on Saturday, July 20 at 9:30am in the retail store. NOTE: we will OPEN EARLY at 8:30am with FREE coffee. Call OR come in to register starting Mon., July 22nd @ 10am. Class Limitations: Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until Aug. 3rd. After Aug. 3rd, 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.

COOKING WITH KIDS—with Brandy Jo Rossiter. When the craving for fast food hits, put on the brakes in the drive thru and pick up a few simple ingredients at the grocery store instead. Brandy Jo will teach you how to make Cheeseburger French Fry Casserole, Walking Tacos, Chicken Shawarma (think food truck…) and Cinnamon Apple Nachos for a sweet finish! Hands-on cooking. $40 6-8:00 pm, Monday, August 12 (Ages 10-16, Limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult).

CELEBRATE LIKE AN ITALIAN—with Sandi Knapp. Maybe we should play a little Pavarotti and serve a little vino with this class! Join Sandi for the party and learn to make a creamy Cauliflower Soup with spicy Salami to start the evening off. The main course will feature Pancetta (Italian bacon) wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Lasagna Rolls with a side of Roasted Italian Cauliflower. And there has to be dessert, Tiramisu Pudding Cakes! $40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, August 17

AUSTIN TACOS—with Lynda Detmers. Lynda’s travels always influence her food in the kitchen and this one is from Austin, TX. She’ll be featuring Fajita Chicken Tacos with sriracha mayo & bacon jam, Fish Tacos with fresh Mango Salsa and out-of-this-world grilled Portabella Mushroom Tacos with a cilantro lime Corn Salsa! Perhaps we’ll serve a cold beverage from Keg Grove Brewery with this menu! $40 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, August 20

HER ITALIAN ROOTS ARE SHOWING—with Sandi Knapp. Oh! For the love of pasta and all things Italian, we can never have enough! This class has continued to have a long waiting list so we’ve asked Sandi to offer it again and we don’t mind one little bit! Join her for Penne Pasta with Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese, Marsala Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Chicken and a mouth watering Gorgonzola & Mushroom Risotto. $40 6-8:00pm, Wednesday, August 28

BAGELS, BIALYS & FLATBREAD—with Chef Chad Sanders. It’s high time we learn how to make bagels using the traditional methods of hand forming, boiling and baking. When we had the cafe, Chad made huge stacks of bagels for many adoring fans, now you can learn how it’s done. He will also make the lessor known Italian Bialy and a terrific rolled flatbread that doesn’t compare to what you can find at any market! Chad will highlight local flour, cheese and fresh greens to top it off! $40 6-8:00pm, Wednesday, September 4

WOK WITH TAK—with Tak Cheung. Join us in the kitchen, you may need to roll up your sleeves, because Tak will get you to do the cooking! His passion for teaching others is obvious (retired Biology dept @ ISU) and his enthusiasm is contagious. He will share with you his organization to get meals made quickly, more healthy and really tasty. He will show you his techniques on cutting veggies & meats, how to prep, store and how to customize flavors for your family. $40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, September 7

RECIPE READY FOR FALL—with Sandi Knapp. We might not be able to wait for “true” fall to make these dishes, so hopefully September will be a cool one this year. She’ll warm things up with a satisfying mixed Vegetable Soup, turn on the oven for a savory Chicken Al Forno (Italian baked pasta dish) with cheese, combine Roasted Beets & Goat 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, September 10

TASTES OF SUMMER—with Chefs Colin & Sara Riley. There is nothing on this menu that doesn’t scream delicious! The local farmers will have the last tastes of summer to savor before the change of seasons. So run, don’t walk to sign up for this treat. Join Colin & Sara for Summer Harvest Corn Chowder, Herb Roasted Pork Loin and Red Wine Reduction with Antipasto Panzanella Salad (“bread” salad) and lick-your-plate good Roasted Peaches with Shortcake and Vanilla Whipped Cream.$40 11-1:00pm, Saturday, September 14

TASTY BITES FROM THE BIG APPLE—with Lynda Detmers. There is nothing dull about this menu, loaded with “special occasion” recipes that will get rave reviews from your critics (thinking NYC, Broadway…)! Start the party with Prosciutto wrapped Mozzarella with roasted red peppers, a creamy Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup, real Crab Cake Sliders and ridiculous Brooklyn Blackout Cupcakes! $40 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, September 17

RESERVE A TABLE—with Carol Hiebert. (Due to popularity we are offering this class again!) Get away from the “go-to” Sunday supper of beef & potatoes with salad in a bag. Instead, join Carol for Oven-Steamed Salmon with Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Confit, a luxurious salad of Baby Greens with Spiced Pecans & Goat Cheese and a decadent Flourless Almond Torte with Chocolate Sauce and Candied Orange Peel. $40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, September 21

QUICK KITCHEN CLASSICS—with Chefs Colin & Sara Riley. This class is about making a few of the tried-and-true recipes that you may have never mastered. Besides great dishes, Colin & Sara always share kitchen tips and cooking techniques along the way. Join them for a flavorful Gazpacho Soup with Goat Cheese Crostini, oven Roasted BBQ Chicken with Black Eyed Peas, Sweet & Spicy Cornbread and a luscious Lemon Coconut Tart to finish.$40 11-1:00pm, Saturday, September 14

HOW TO STIR FRY (ALMOST) ANYTHING—with Carol Hiebert. A couple of us grew up with Carol’s techniques using only a wok and a good knife to create a quick delicious meal that’s better than “take-out”. Many of you have shared your stories of how much this class influenced your cooking over the years. Inspired by her time in China, Carol will be cooking with an assortment of fresh vegetables, meats and noodles in various combinations that you’ll be sure to make at home. $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, September 30