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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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    512-206-1014
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    214-361-5754
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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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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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Demo and Dine

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners

Join us for a mid-week, one and a half hour demonstration class on a variety of topics. Our instructors will show you how to make 3-4 quick and easy recipes and you’ll sample each one with one glass of wine.

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Discovery Series: Coming to Your Senses

Instructor: Central Market Wine Department Experts

Learn to identify wines by their color, aroma, viscosity and flavors. The bottles will be hidden while you sample each selection and discover the defining characteristics of Pinot Noirs, Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife: Early Fall Favorites

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners

Spend an evening learning to cook some of the best our great state has to offer. A representative from Texas Parks and Wildlife will be on hand to discuss game management, fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors. Then you'll divide into teams and perfect your techniques as you create recipes devised by Texas chefs.

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Discovery Series: Gems Under $20 from Bordeaux

Instructor: Central Market Wine Department Experts

This class is a treat for lovers of Cabs, Merlots, and food-friendly white wines. In addition to tasting the featured wines, you will also learn about what to look for when tasting wine, how the grapes are grown, techniques utilized in the winery, and much more.

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Around the World in Five Courses: Chilean Wines Paired with International Fare

Instructor: Ruth Van Waerebeek, Chef; Culinary Instructor; Cookbook Author; Consulting chef and culinary advisor to Concha y Toro, Chile’s leading winery.

La cucina Italiana, spicy Asian food, or Belgium classics - which pairs best with Chilean wines? You be the judge. As international chef, Ruth Van Waerebeek, shows you how to make a multitude of dishes, then gives you insight into pairing each with a delicious Chilean wine. Pick up tips on flavorings and enjoy sampling a succession of small plates.

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New German Cooking

Instructor: Jeremy Nolen, Chef, Brauhaus Schmitz & Wurst Schmitz; Cookbook Author

Discover the bright flavors, seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, and whole grains that define this updated approach to German cuisine. Inspired by traditional German flavors and cooking techniques, and based on his culinary heritage and travels, Jeremy will show you how to create a crisp salad laced with German flavors; make a vegetarian noodle recipe that serves as an excellent side dish, but is hearty enough to stand alone; and to braise meat and vegetables slowly to maximize their taste and texture.

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Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen

Instructor: Anne Willan, Culinary Instructor; Award-winning Cookbook Author; Culinary Historian; and Food Columnist

What better way to improve your understanding of the processes of cooking and your techniques than by spending the evening with Anne Willan, who has accumulated more than forty years of experience as a culinary instructor? While our staff demonstrates the techniques, Anne will explain, as only she can, how and why these skills will improve the results of your efforts in the kitchen.