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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 three 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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Alaskan Beer Dinner

Instructor: Brewmaster, Alaskan Brewing Co. and Central Market Cooking School Staff

You'll learn more about the long and rich tradition of beer brewed in Alaska as the brewmaster leads you through a tasting of their best brews and our Cooking School staff shows you how to make dishes from their cookbook.

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Texas Park and Wildlife: Grilling Shrimp, Burgers, and Tacos.

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Staff

Spend an evening grilling some of the best our great state has to offer.

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Think Pink: Wine Dinner with Chateau d'Esclans

Instructor: Sacha Lichine, Owner, Chateau d'Esclans

Sacha Lichine, owner of Chateau d'Esclans, will convince you that not only are rosés suitable for year round enjoyment, but that the primary grape, Grenache from old vines, adds both a concentration of flavor and savory notes to these delicately crafted wines. You'll enjoy these pairings of some of the most highly rated rosés in the world with this seasonal menu as you learn more about the estate, the terroir and how these wines are made.

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Small Plates, Big Flavors

Instructor: Molly Stevens, Award-Winning Culinary Instructor

Enjoy the fun and variety of a small plates menu as this master cooking teacher and award-winning cookbook author shows you how to make a selection of her favorites. (For ages 16 and up).

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Inspired by Mexico

Instructor: Ruben Ortega, Hugo's & Backstreet, Houston

This thoughtful, creative chef who is equally adept at sweet and savory dishes will show you how to make both time-honored and modernist recipes filled with the flavors that you love.