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 REGISTER FOR CLASS: WALK-IN REGISTRATION on Saturday, March 30 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. April 1st @ 10:00am. Class Limitations: Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until Saturday, April 6th. After April 6th, you may register for as many classes as you wish. CLASS PAYMENT DUE UPON REGISTRATION. Students get a 10% storewide discount the day of the class, some exceptions apply. Refunds: Only given if cancellation is received 3 days before class date, otherwise you will receive the recipes.

LE CREUSET BRUNCH —with Trish Ranallo. The first class of the season jumps on the flavors of Spring! Learn how to cook with Le Creuset making an Asparagus Frittata with savory chutney, Potato Leek Cheese Tart, Focaccia Bread and Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Skillet Cake and Fruit Shrub Cocktails. $40 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, April 17

APRIL SHOWERS—with Colin & Sara Riley. A decadent menu fit to honor family milestones. Join this team of trained chefs for silky Crab Bisque, Spanokopita (layered phyllo dough…) with Couscous & Vegetable Salad and Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Creme Anglaise & Candied Orange Zest. $40 11:00-1:00pm Saturday, April 27

MOTHER’S DAY MENU-with Sandi Knapp. Maybe it’s time to pamper your mother and make a nice meal for her or simply add these delicious dishes to your recipe box. Join Sandi for Spring Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chicken Roulades with a Lemon Dijon Sauce, Sheet Pan couscous with Roasted Vegetables and top it off with Chocolate Strawberry Zabaglione. $40 6:00-8:00pm Monday April 29

BBQ SIDE DISHES—with Lynda Detmers. Lynda’s experience on the road following and judging all things bbq has given her a good idea of what a BBQ judge would take to a cookout: sweet Macaroni Salad, Grandma Z’s Cole Slaw, Pimento Cheese on Smoked Sausage, Miss Deanne’s Potato Salad and always something sweet for the dessert. $40 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday April 30

COMPANY DINNER—with Sandi Knapp. With a nod to her Italian roots, Sandi will teach you how to create this savory menu and share expert kitchen tips from her years of experience. Join Sandi for Italian Style Portobello Mushroom appetizers, Creamy Vegetable Risotto, Swordfish Milanese with Baby Greens and a special dessert of Chocolate Crepes with Strawberry Filling. $40 12:00-2:00pm Saturday May 4

ITALIAN BACON NINJA—with Lynda Detmers. It is apparent that Lynda’s trip to Italy has completely merged with her love of all things bacon in this class! Join her for BLT Bruscheta, Spinach Salad with warm Bacon Dressing, Pasta Carbonara and the show stopper… Bacon Peanut Butter Canoli (yes, really)! $40 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday May 14

FAVORITE FLAVORS—with Colin & Sara Riley. Another delicious menu to put in your repertoire, bring a date or invite your Mom to enjoy these sophisticated flavors. Join the Riley’s for Coconut Shrimp with Buttermilk Blini and Maple Chili Sauce, Roast Beef with Sautéed Asparagus & Red Wine Reduction and Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake. $40 11:00-1:00pm Saturday May 18

QUICK MAIN DISHES—with Sandi Knapp. Dinner doesn’t need to be repetitive or take all evening to make and with these choices there’s something for everyone. Join Sandi for Simple Shrimp Pad Thai, Pasta with Butternut Squash & Bacon, Wine Braised Pork Tenderloin with Polenta and Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon. $40 12:00-2:00pm Saturday June 1

COOKING WITH KIDS—with Brandy Jo Rossiter. We are so grateful to have Brandy Jo back in the kitchen this “semester” and so are many of her fans! She’s a natural working with kids in this hands-on class. Get your kids in the kitchen with BBQ Chicken Wraps, Breakfast Pizza, Veggie Pinwheels and a sweet S’mores dessert. $40 (Ages 10 & up, limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult) 6:00-8:00pm Monday June 3

GUYS IN THE KITCHEN—with Tak Cheung. Encouraged by seeing more men interested in cooking, Tak will be teaching this class geared towards men. Go beyond the grill and learn how to cook without a recipe and explore the foods that you love. Create a four-course meal that is tasty and quick to put together using a variety of veggies, chicken, shrimp and more. Light hands-on wok cooking, teens also welcome. $40 12:00-2:00pm Saturday June 8

HOMEMADE SAUSAGE—with Lynda Detmers. In pursuit of good food, Lynda is always taking classes wherever she travels or more accurately, she travels to take classes! Learn how to grind, mix & season sausage and stuff the casings. She’ll be making Chicken Sausage with basil & tomatoes and an Italian Sausage, served with broccoli rabe and pasta for tasting. $40 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday June 11

RESERVE A TABLE—with Carol Hiebert. 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 12:00-2:00pm Saturday June 15

COOK FOR FUN & GOOD TASTE—with Tak Cheung. Cooking for family and close friends doesn’t need to be labor intensive. Tak will teach you how to make a five course meal for 4-6 people, recipe-free and stress free. He will teach you to plan ahead while integrating it with your daily cooking using lots of fresh vegetables and wok cooking techniques. Light hands-on. Teens welcome! $40 12:00-2:00pm Saturday June 29