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: WALK-IN REGISTRATION ONLY on Saturday, September 22nd 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., Sept. 24th @ 10am. Class Limitations: Maximum of 2 Classes, 2 People per Class until Saturday, Sept. 29th. After Sept 29th, 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 MAIN DISH MEALS #1—with Sandi Knapp. The chance to learn four new answers to the constant question, “What’s for dinner?”… is always a good idea. A variety of savory and satisfying entrees include Onion Smothered Pork Chops, Rustic Vegetable Soup, Braised Chicken Legs in tomato sauce and Pork Goulash with apples and onions. And why not have dessert? Finish off the night with Peach Financiers! $40 6:00-8:00pm Monday, Oct. 1

COOKING WITH LE CREUSET—with Trish Ranallo. Looking forward to Fall and all the wonderful food that that implies, join Trish for the flavors of fall as she teaches you the cooking techniques of how to cook with cast iron cookware. We promise a tasty beginning, a hearty entree and always a sweet ending with a small gift to take home. $40. 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 2

THE PERFECT SYSTEM—with Tak Cheung. Since starting to teach at the Garlic Press, Tak has grown more passionate about teaching people to cook. His system of “PERFECT” cooking will inspire you to get organized in the kitchen, develop dishes to your liking, explore new herbs & vegetables, save money, get your family involved and realize the simple pleasure of preparing a meal at home easily and quickly. Stir fry dishes using a variety of vegetables, chicken, shrimp, tofu and rice will be demonstrated.$40 12:00-2:00pm Saturday, Oct. 6

THE BACON MUNCHIES—with Lynda Detmers. If you know Lynda at all, you know she loves all things pig! Lynda has attended and judged many BBQ competitions, been to more than one Bacon Fest, taken charcuterie classes and more. You might also know she always has a story to tell about these adventures! Join her for the next in her series of Bacon classes: Buttery Bacon BBQ Shrimp, Apple Bacon Pecan Muffins, Bacon Granola, Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies AND Bacon Toffee! You better wear stretchy pants! $40 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, Oct.10

QUICK MAIN DISH MEALS #2–with Sandi Knapp. There is never a bad meal when Sandi is cooking. With decades of experience in the kitchen (home and professional) Sandi knows how to “throw down” a great meal. For the second class in this session you will take home valuable recipes to share with your family. Join Sandi for Shrimp and Chorizo Stew, Curried Potatoes & Chickpeas, Individual Mushroom Pies with sliced Pear Salad, Sardinian Spaghetti and an easy and comforting Orange-Cinnamon Rice Pudding. $40 6:00-8:00pm Monday, Oct. 15

AUTUMN ELEGANCE—with Chefs Colin & Sara Riley. Both Colin and Sara are professionally trained Chefs with degrees from the prestigious Cooking Institute of America. Lucky to have them teach in our kitchen and share their knowledge of technique with all of us. Join them for this simply elegant menu of properly cooked Shrimp Cocktail and Horseradish Cocktail Sauce, Roasted Mushrooms & Parsnip Risotto with Parmesan Reggiano with fresh parsley and learn the classic Creme Brûlée to impress your guests.$40 11:00am-1:00pm Saturday, Oct. 20

STIR-FRY FOR LIFE—with Carol Hiebert. So, here it is, if you have never witnessed Carol at the stove with a wok and a spatula it’s high time you did! You may have heard the expression… “in your wheelhouse”, this pertains to the talents and understanding that a person thoroughly knows. This is Stir-Fry cooking with Carol. Several of us at the GP “cut our teeth” on her early classes in the 80’s and to this day, Stir-Fry is a weekly dinner at our house and our children think of this as “Mom’s Cooking”. $40 Two dates to choose from: 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday Nov. 14

HANDMADE BREAD—with Chef Chad Sanders. A last minute addition to our class schedule, we are so happy that Chad is able to teach for us again! Besides being part of “Team Baker” at the GP Cafe he’s had many years of experience in professional kitchens, traveled the world, raised 4 children and got his degree from Johnson & Wales cooking school. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn the art of simply making bread from his Master Recipe using local flour. $40 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, Oct. 24

SILKY SMOOTH FLAVORS—with Colin & Sara Riley. For the second class in this series, Colin & Sara are going for luxurious with this decadent menu that will surely use a stick of butter or two! Join this husband and wife team as they whip up signature Crab Bisque, Sautéed Chicken with a Citrus & Herb Beurre Blanc sauce served with Wilted Greens and garlic and for dessert a fragrant Ginger Cake served with Orange infused Creme Anglaise. $40 11:00-1:00pm, Saturday, Nov. 3

THE ART OF MAC -N- CHEESE—with Lynda Detmers. With this class Lynda is going for the jugular, nobody can resist the dish! Mac -nCheese is probably the most well loved dish in America and then you add things to it that we crave and we have to yell “uncle”! To start, Lynda will cover the Classic Mac & Cheese and then “put it into drive” for Smokey Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese, Hawaiian Mac & Cheese with Spam and then bring it home with Lobster Mac & Cheese! $40 6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, Nov. 8

A BOX OF CHOCOLATES—with Melinda Baur. This hands-on class will leave you smiling and with a box of chocolates to take home! Welcome our newest teacher, Melinda, a Bio-Chemistry professor at IWU by day, a highly accomplished chocolate maker by night! This first time lass will cover how to temper chocolate, fillings, flavorings, decorating and more. Sorry, there is a limit of 10 participants. $50 6:00pm-8:00pm Thursday, Nov. 15

ITALIAN WITH A TWIST—with Sandi Knapp. Inspired by the first ever Garlic Press Cooking Tour to Italy, Sandi created these flavors of Italy for everyone to enjoy. All you have to do is add crusty bread, a fresh salad and a glass of wine. Join her for Penne Pasta with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese, Marsala Meatballs with whipped potatoes, savory Garlic roasted Chicken and creamy Gorgonzola & Mushroom Risotto.$40 11:00am-1:00pm Saturday, Nov. 17