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Cooking School Gifts

Cooking classes make excellent gifts for anyone who’s really into food, or who wants to be. If you’ve got someone like that in your life, make their day with a Central Market Gift Card. Your friends, family, or colleagues will be able to choose classes that fit their interest – and their schedule – and you’ll get a great, big Thank You. We even have holiday-themed gift card holders; just stop by the Info Desk to pick them up.

We know some gifts are meant to be a surprise, so keep this in mind: If you purchase a class online as a gift, upon completing your purchase, the email address you list on the registration form will receive the confirmation e-mail, as well as any other correspondence related to the class.

Registration Information

Unless otherwise noted, class participants must be 18 or older. Participants in beer or wine tasting classes must be 21 years or older.

For kids’ classes, children ages 12 and under should be checked in and out by an adult. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins to complete the process, and pick up your children promptly as class ends. Unless specified in the class description, adults are not allowed in the room while class is in session.

Hands-on, basics, and kids’ classes are designated. All other classes are demonstration. All class participants receive a recipe packet and sample the food.

Most evening classes include wine pairings. Please limit your consumption to items served in class.

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Late arrivals will be seated in available spaces.

To avoid being charged the full price of the class, cancellations must be made at least four days before the day of the class.

Menus are subject to change because of the availability of seasonal ingredients.

Students should be dressed with safety and comfort in mind. Please wear closed-toe shoes, shirts with fitted sleeves and remove any jewelry. Long hair should be pulled back.

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Cooking School

You won’t skip these culinary classes.

From knife skills to the latest cooking techniques, there’s always something new to learn in our cooking classes, taught by our cooking school staff, featured instructors, and celebrity chefs from around the world. You’ll always leave hungry for more. And we promise no pop quizzes.

Featured Classes

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Family Fun: The Great Apple Harvest

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

The focus is on apples -- baked and sauteed, savory and sweet. Spend time together as a family, learning to make fall favorites incorporating this delicious fruit.

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Seasonal Supper: Pairing Sake & Apples

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

The fruity, floral, and earthy aromas and the umami flavors of sake enhance the taste of the food that it is paired with by striking a balance. Enjoy samples of a variety of sakes paired with an assortment of dishes that feature our favorite apples. Demonstration of the recipes will be minimal and you'll learn more about pairing sake with a variety of fall flavors.

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Discovery Series: Hard Cider

Instructor: Central Market Beer and Wine Managers

Hard ciders are the new craft beers. Learn the characteristics and components of quality hard ciders as our experts introduce you to the best of the best. You'll learn about pairing ciders with food as you sample a small plate that complements the selections.

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Seasonal Wine Dinners

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors and Wine Experts

Enjoy an evening that features seasonal-inspired dishes and learn about how there is a food for every wine, and a wine for every food. Menus and wines vary by date and location, click to find out more.

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Sharpen Your Knife Skills

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

Learn to slice, dice, julienne and chiffonade with confidence and skill. Note the characteristics of a quality knife and how to care for and handle this prized tool of the kitchen. Bring a chef’s knife from home or purchase a knife at a discount on the night of class.

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Halloween Festivities

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

Kid and family fun activities will be found in our laboratories (umm, Cooking School) to celebrate the sweet treats of Halloween. Classes and menus vary by location.