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.
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.
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).
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.
Domaine Skouras Seasonal Supper
Instructor: George Skouras, Wine maker, Domaine Skouras
George Skouras was born in Argos, and after studying wine making in Burgundy, he continued his education in France, Italy and Greece. In 1986, he founded Domaine Skouras which has become known for terroir-driven and estate bottled wines. Enjoy a casual evening as George introduces you to his well-priced and award-winning wines. As he discusses the wines, you'll sample Greek dishes served family-style that bring out the best in both the food and the wines.
Flavors of Longevity: Delicious, Healthy Cooking from the Greek Island of Ikaria
Instructor: Diane Kochilas, award-winning author; collaborating Chef at Molyvos, New York City; author of 18 books on Greek cuisine. The Country Cooking of Greece, her previous book, was hailed by the Virtual Gourmet as her masterpiece and the best cookbook.
Explore the simple, healthy techniques that are part of the Greek Diet. The importance of greens and vegetables; how to make meat a minor note in a meal; and the use of olive oil as a condiment and cooking fat. Diane's home, the remote and lush island of Ikaria in the northeastern Aegean, is also home to one of the longest-living populations on the planet. Discover their secrets for a long and healthy life.
Greek Festival Stroll
Instructor: Central Market Partners and Foodies
We’re transforming our aisles into a Greek Festival. Indulge your love of Mediterranean fare, and sample some of the finest foods from Greece at tasting stations throughout our stores. Start at either entrance to the store and stroll around, sampling a variety of foods in many departments. No need to be here right at five - this is a self-navigated tour.
Discovery Series: Greek Wine 101
Instructor: Central Market Wine and Beer Managers
Join our resident expert on a tour of Greek 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. You'll sample and learn more about Greek Wines
Smashing Plates with Maria Elia
Instructor: Maria Elia was Head Chef at Delfina and Whitechapel Dining Room, both in London. Her most recent book of recipes, Smashing Plates, is the result of spending a year on the island of Cyprus with family.
Join Maria as she smashes outdated notions of traditional Greek food. This British chef with roots in Cyprus is redefining Greek cuisine as we know it: traditional keftedes (meatballs) are transformed into a carrot version that bursts with flavor; marinated lamb is paired with feta curd, fresh peas and artichokes for a quick and easy entree. You'll recognize the flavors of Greece and the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean in these updated and delicious dishes.
Boutari Winery Seasonal Supper
Instructor: Christina Boutari, Exports Manager, Boutari Wineries
Established in 1876 in Naoussa, Boutari is known for creating quality wines with a distinct character that represents the full potential of the regional varieties. And, the first and only Greek winery to ever achieve the status of European Winery of the Year. In this class, some recipes will be demonstrated while others will be discussed. Christinia Boutari, a fifth generation member of the family, will introduce you to the wines paired with each course.
Food from Crete: The Origin of the Mediterranean Diet
Instructor: Rosemary Barron, Culinary Instructor; Cookbook Author. Her class Ancient Wisdom, Modern Tables was listed by Conde Nast Traveller as "one of the top ten cookery courses in Europe." Ms. Barron is a contributor to the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery
Who better than this former owner of Kandra Kitchen Crete which Vogue named "one of the best Cookery Schools in Europe" to introduce us to the traditional dishes of Crete? Rosemary Barron will discuss the rich culinary heritage, the traditional ways of dining and introduce you to these dishes that will convert you, as it has many world-travellers, to an appreciation of colorful and healthful foods.