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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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Eating with the Season: Healing Winter Spices

Instructor: Sapna Punjabi-Gupta, Registered Dietitian, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Discover the healing properties of spices and how to integrate them into your everyday cooking. Winter is a time to build your immunity and strengthen your overall digestion so spend a little time learning about which spices hold the key to fine tune your system. Then you'll incorporate your newly acquired expertise into these delightful plant-based dishes.

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Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked

Instructor: Raghavan Iyer, James Beard Award Winner; IACP Cooking Teacher of the Year

One of the world's most versatile foods, potatoes are a comfort food in most cuisines. Discover new ways to enjoy a variety of tubers as this talented and inspiring instructor shows you how to make soon-to-be-favorite dishes.

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Caffeinated Brunch

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

We'll start class with a blind tasting of a variety of coffees. You'll sample a selection that will open your eyes to the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in flavor in a cup of joe. Once you've determined your favorite, and learned a little about the offerings from our experts, you'll roll up your sleeves, don an apron and get into our kitchen to make coffee-infused delights.

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Avoca Coffee Roasters: Tasting with a Local Expert

Instructor: Gerald LaRue, Owner of Avoca Coffee

You'll sample through some of Avoca's unique blends and learn from the master on how their beans are specially selected, grown and roasted.

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Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

Spend an afternoon learning to bake some of our favorite desserts. They all happen to be cheesecakes, but what a selection!

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Amedei Italian Chocolates Paired with American Craft and Imported Beers

Instructor: Aaron Flamini, AMEDEI TUSCANY & CM Beer & Wine Experts

Taste what the buzz is all about. Amedei chocolates from Italy have been called the best chocolates in the world and our Beer Experts have selected some very limited local and imported beers with unique styles and taste profiles to complement these fantastic flavors.

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Indulge in Chocolate: A Store Stroll

Instructor: Central Market Partners

We're transforming our aisles into tasting stations so that you can sample some of the world's finest, crowd-pleasing classics and edgy, avant-garde chocolate items throughout the store. You'll learn a little bit about how chocolate is made, discover unexpected pairings, and delight in the abundance of new products. So mark your calendar, register online and join us for an evening of indulgence.

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Truffles To Go

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

These versatile little beauties make wonderful homemade treats to share with your loved ones anytime and are the perfect bite-sized indulgence to offer when entertaining.

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Romantic Winter Dinner with Wine

Instructor: Brad Bowen, Central Market Cooking School Instructor

You'll have the confidence to make each of these delectable dishes at home after you've discovered the time saving techniques used by pros.

  • Austin North Lamar
  • Sunday, February 12
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Winter in Tuscany

Instructor: Sarah Fioroni, Cookbook Author, Owner, Fattoria Poggio Allora Agriturismo, Tuscany, Italy

Learn about Tuscan food from a native in this class dedicated to specialties from the San Gimignano region. Sarah will introduce you seasonal delights.