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

CLASS REGISTRATION POLICIES: 1st Day, WALK-IN REGISTRATION ONLY on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30am til 7:00pm at the store. NOTE: we will open the store early at 9:00am with FREE coffee & tea so you don’t have to wait outside! Call or come in to register starting Mon., December 4 @ 10am. Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until December 16th. After Dec. 16, 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 & TASTY SOUPS—with Sandi Knapp. As we all know, February in Illinois can still be cold (and snowy!) and Sandi’s soup menu will warm your kitchen. Simmering healthier versions of White Bean Chili with turkey, Coconut Curry Chicken soup, North Woods Bean & Kielbasa soup and irresistible Potato Bacon! $40 12-1:30pm, Saturday, February 3

CAROLINA MORNING—with Lynda Detmers. Lynda’s influences come from her travels to food destinations as a BBQ judge and the Carolinas is one of them. Join her for Crispy Pork Lettuce Wraps, Smoked Catfish Potato Salad, Southern Monte Cristo and a regional favorite, Banaoffee Pie (think banana, cream, toffee)! $40 11-1:00pm, Saturday , February 24

CLASSIC MORNING BRUNCH—with Colin & Sara Riley. A superbly classic menu from the classically trained Chef duo that starts with Salmon Mousse Canapés. The main event is perfectly executed Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, Canadian Bacon, English muffins and a creamy Hollandaise sauce. And finally, the Original Bookbinder’s Cheesecake from the legendary Philadelphia restaurant. $40 11-1:00pm, Monday, March 3

BACON NINJA RIDES AGAIN 2—with Lynda Detmers. Unlike the movies, this sequel is delicious! Lynda has a love of and a knack with everything bacon so join her for Caramelized Onion & Bacon Focaccia, Strawberry Spinach Salad with hot Bacon Dressing and Bacon wrapped Pork Medallions. Dessert is not left out of this one…Maple Bacon Cupcakes! $40 6-8:00pm, Wednesday, March 14

WEEKEND SPRING BRUNCH—with Sandi Knapp. Spring is just a twinkle in our eye at the time of this printing, but sure enough it will be here! Sandi has chosen a lovely menu suitable for Easter including the quintessential spring vegetable, Asparagus with a Marsala Vinaigrette, individual Green Eggs & Ham (yes, this is a real thing!), Hash Browns done to perfection and fresh fruit with Limoncello & Honey-Lemon Yogurt. $40 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, March 20

AUSTIN TACOS—with Lynda Detmers. A very recent trip to Austin, TX and sampling the regional foods brought this menu back home to Illinois. Lynda will be cookin’ up Fajita Chicken Tacos with sriracha mayo & bacon jam, Pork al Pastor taco with grilled pineapple, Cowboy Brisket Taco, Fish Tacos and more! $40 11-1:00pm, Saturday, March 24

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN—with Brandy Jo Rossiter. Class is in session and Brandy Jo is the headmaster! Known for her high energy in the kitchen, Brandy Jo will get the kids cooking making a menu of Taco Pizza, Cubano Chicken Roll-Ups, Strawberry Surprise and Samoa Truffles for dessert! (Ages 10-16, Limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult) $40 6-8:00 pm, Monday, March 26

FLAVORS FROM THE TROPICS—with Colin & Sara Riley. A flavorful menu with warm spices and tropical fruits that will shake off any cold April winds. Join the Chef’s in the kitchen for Brown Butter Sweet Potato Soup, Coconut Crusted Shrimp with Cilantro Basmati Rice & Orange Chili Sauce and for dessert, Lemongrass Panna Cotta with pineapple & ginger lime syrup. $40 11-12:30pm, Saturday , April 7

COMPANY FOR DINNER—with Sandi Knapp. Set the table and invite some friends over for Sandi’s satisfying healthier menu including a cool weather version of Veggie Slaw, homemade Vegetable Soup with Cheese Croutons, Deviled Cod on Supergreens (good source of iron!) and a Caramel Apple Fondue finish! $40 6-8:00pm, Monday, April 9

LE CREUSET SPRING—with Trish Ranello. Spring flavors after a long winter brings life to us all! Longing for Roasted Asparagus & Tomato Salad, creamy Shrimp Bisque, a no-stir Lemon Risotto with Spring peas and a special baked dessert in Le Creuset espresso cups to take home with you! $40 6-8:00pm, Thursday, April 12

INTRO TO EAST ASIAN—with Tak Cheung. Many of you have been enjoying Tak’s style of Chinese cooking with stir-fry, noodle variations, fried rice and dumplings. With a recent trip to Vietnam (famous for the Banh mi sandwich) and the region Tak is inspired to include the flavors and influences of Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese styles of cooking into one class.$40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, April 14