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, April 1st at 9:30am in the retail store. NOTE: the GP Cafe will OPEN EARLY at 8:30am before registration starts with FREE coffee! Call or come in to register starting Mon., April 3rd @ 10am. Class Limitations: Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class April 1—April 15. After April 15, you may register for as many classes and people as you wish.  CLASS PAYMENT DUE UPON REGISTRATION. Students get a 10% storewide discount during class, some exceptions apply. Refunds: Only given if cancellations received 3 days before class date. If you cancel at other times class recipes will be issued.

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST—with Sandi Knapp. Not just for Mothers, but this menu would certainly show her how much you care. Join Sandi for Asparagus Tomato and Pine Nut Salad, Zucchini and Goat Cheese Frittata with Maple Lacquered Bacon!!, Spring Herb Popovers and even Strawberry Orange Fool! $40 6-8pm, Monday, April 24

PIZZA NIGHT—with Chef Chad Sanders. Many of you have enjoyed Chad’s breads from the Cafe, now it’s your turn to learn how he turns it into dinner! Join Chad as he uses a natural leavening for pizza dough with a variety of toppings, turns it into Stromboli loaded with meat & cheese and Empanadas for any time of day. $40 6-8pm, Wednesday, April 26

DELIGHTFUL SPRING BRUNCH—with Chefs Collin & Sara Riley. Prepare to be impressed with this restaurant quality menu from this husband & wife team that always share tips and techniques. Join them for seared Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Remoulade and Avocado, Roasted Salmon and Spring Greens Salad with Apples, Pickled Carrots and a Citrus Herb Vinaigrette and Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, $35  11-12:30, Saturday, April 29

CHICKEN 3 WAYS—with Carol Hiebert. Not taken one of Carol’s classes? You’ve missed out on her passion for high-flavor home cooked meals with tastes from around the world. Tired of the same chicken dishes, this class will change that! Join Carol for Braised Chicken Provençal with tomatoes, garlic and olives; Roasted Asian Chicken thighs with Soy Sauce & Shallots; Chicken with Fennel and Potatoes from the Oven. $40  6-8pm, Wednesday, May 3

SPRING ENTERTAINING—with Sandi Knapp. A new menu to celebrate Spring and connect with friends and family at the table. Join Sandi for Asparagus & Bread Soup, Baked Spring Cod with Irish-Cheese Topping, Potatoes with Grilled Onion Butter and something sweet to finish, Strawberry Granita with Mascarpone. $35  1-2:30pm, Saturday, May 6

STIR FRY NOODLES—with Tak Cheung. Due to the popularity of this class we are offering it again! Join Tak as he demonstrates 3 types of highly versatile noodles: in soup, pan-fried and lo Mein noodles. Tak will show you the basic principles of Chinese noodle dishes so that you can apply them to your family’s menu right away! $40 12-2:00pm, Saturday, May 13

BIG BOWLS OF FLAVOR—with Carol Hiebert. There is a big trend in food these days to compose all your favorite complimentary ingredients into one bowl to create a one dish meal. Carol’s been eating like this for years, so we asked her to show us how it’s done. Join Carol for Sushi-Inspired Rice Salad (no raw fish!); Soba Noodle Bowl with Smoked Chicken & Vegetables; Oyako Donburi (Chicken, Egg and Spinach Rice Bowl).  $40 6-8:00pm, Tuesday, May 16

BRINGING BACK THE BACON-with Lynda Detmers. Many of you have become fans of Lynda’s food, great stories and humor in the kitchen! Join her for this “part 2” follow-up bacon class: Steamed bacon buns with hoisin, Pasta carbonara with Bacon and Bourbon Candied Bacon that will make you swoon! $40 11-1:00pm, Saturday, May 20

COOKING WITH KIDS-with Brandy Jo Rossiter. A big hit with Chopped Jr. kids in training, Brandy Jo will inspire and encourage with this light-hands-on class. Dinner dishes include, Chicken Puff Pastry Pouches, Tortellini Pasta Primavera, Asian Lettuce Wraps and what’s dinner without dessert? …Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups too! $40 (Ages 10-16, Limit of 10 kids per class with accompanying adult)  6-8:00 pm, Monday, May 22

MEATY WEEKNIGHT MEALS—with Sandi Knapp. Some nights just require something a little heartier after a tough day, feed your family with a meal made from the heart. Join Sandi with these 4 dinner entrees: Sirloin Shepherd’s Pie, Florentine Meatballs, Stuffed Cabbage Soup and Sweet Sausage and Eggplant Pasta. $40  12-1:30pm, Saturday, June 3

COOKING WITH LE CREUSET—with Trish Ranello. Back by popular demand, Trish will show you the wide variety of foods you can make with this heirloom cookware. Always a tasty menu from dishes around the world: Indian Chicken Balti with tomato, Indian spices & cashews, wilted Escarole with crispy Chickpeas, easy Dutch oven Bread and Lemon Pudding Cakes that you take home in a Le Creuset ceramic dish to keep. $40  6-8:00 pm, Wednesday , June 7

CHINESE DINNER PARTY—with Tak Cheung. In his continued pursuit to teach people how to cook simply at home instead of eating unhealthy fast food, Tak will show you the flexibility of cooking a full Chinese dinner for company in about an hour! He will make a five-course dinner using stir-fry techniques. Everyone in class will sample each dish to recreate at home, $40 12-2:00 pm Saturday, June 10

MAIN DISH SALADS—with Carol Hiebert. Salad doesn’t mean just lettuce, tomato and onion anymore! We’re talking about salads that satisfy your cravings and feed your body a healthy combination of nutrition and great flavors. Join Carol for Asian Spinach Salad with Grilled Pork; Italian Shepherd’s Salad with Salami and Cannellini Beans, Mexican Chicken Salad with Avocado, Corn and Tomatoes served with Oven Toasted Flour Tortillas and a little fresh Fruit Salad with Yogurt-Lime Dressing. $40  6-8:00 pm, Thursday, June 15

CAROLINA IN THE MORNING—with Lynda Detmers. Taking inspiration from her travels to the Carolina’s, Lynda has brought home a stick-to-your-ribs southern breakfast menu that will make you lick your fingers! Join Lynda for Sweet Potato Waffles with Pecan Crusted Chicken, City Grits and Banana Pudding. $40  6-8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 21