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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.

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.

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Store Contacts

  • Austin North Lamar
    512-206-1014
  • Dallas Lovers
    214-361-5754
  • Fort Worth
    817-377-9005
  • Houston
    713-993-9860
  • Plano
    469-241-8389
  • San Antonio
    210-368-8617
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    817-310-5665

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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Discovery Series: Beer

Instructor: Central Market Beer & Wine Manager

Our Beer & Wine experts offer a one hour introduction to beer. The topics vary, but you’ll always learn a little more about the production process; the history of the brewery; and how to identify the aromas and flavors as you sample multiple beers in these well-priced classes.

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Seasonal Supper: Wrath Wines with a Tuscan Meal

Instructor: Dr. Michael Thomas, Co-owner, Wrath

As an archaeologist, art curator, and historian Michael Thomas conducts excavations of a Roman villa outside Pompei and of an Etruscan settlement at the northern edge of Tuscany. Spending so much time in these regions has given him a deep appreciation of both the food and wine. Since 2007, Michael has owned Wrath. Michael's training has led him to focus on wines that express a 'sense of place' and pure varietal flavors. Enjoy a casual evening as Michael discusses the grapes, how they are grown and his inspiration, and our Cooking School Staff shows you how to make his recipes.

  • Austin North Lamar
  • Tuesday, September 23
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  • Dallas Lovers
  • Wednesday, September 24
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Seasonal Supper: Wrath Wines with a Tuscan Meal

Instructor: Claire Marlin, Managing Director, Wrath

As an archaeologist, art curator, and historian Michael Thomas conducts excavations of a Roman villa outside Pompei and of an Etruscan settlement at the northern edge of Tuscany. Spending so much time in these regions has given him a deep appreciation of both the food and wine. Since 2007, Michael has owned Wrath. Michael's training has led him to focus on wines that express a 'sense of place' and pure varietal flavors. Enjoy a casual evening as Wrath’s Managing Director discusses the grapes, how they are grown and Michael's inspiration, and our Cooking School Staff shows you how to make perfectly paired recipes.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Loving Food

Instructor: Francis Mallmann, Iliana de la Vega, and Daniel Olivella

Enjoy spectacular food, drink and entertainment at the original North Lamar store on September 25th. This is going to be the biggest party we have ever thrown. Headlining the event is world-renowned chef Francis Mallmann of Argentina, who will demonstrate his unique style of cooking with aboveg round fire pits in the park just adjacent to the store. Additionally, Daniel Olivella of Barlata and Iiana De la Vega of El Naranjo will serve their own unique cuisine for guests to enjoy during the evening. After enjoying an unparalleled dining experience, guests will be treated to the sounds of Grammy award-winning Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, led by the inimitable Ray Benson. Proceeds from the event will benefit Austin’s Sustainable Food Center, a nonprofit organization that cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.

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Chocolate Desserts with South of the Border Flair

Instructor: George Geary, Culinary Instructor; Cookbook Author; Culinary Tour Leader

South America is the cradle of “chocolate civilization.” It is only fitting that “Mr. Chocoholic”—Chef George Geary—takes this opportunity to explore the flavors of these chocolate desserts inspired by his travels and explorations into Brazilian, Chilean and other regional cuisines. As he shows you how to make each dish, Chef Geary will share tried and true tips accumulated from his days in professional kitchens and convince you, that you, too, can make these recipes.

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Korean with a Southern Twist

Instructor: Edward Lee, Chef; Restaurateur; Cookbook Author; Host, PBS’s “The Mind of A Chef”

Discover how to combine Korean flavors with familiar comfort foods. Chef Edward Lee, whose innovative cuisine has earned him the nomination for finalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast in 2011, 2012 and 2013, is the featured chef on the current season of PBS' "The Mind of a Chef." He will draw on his Korean heritage, his New York training and his love of the American South as he introduces you to his favorites.

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Seasonal Supper: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

Instructor: Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge, The Cooking Channel's "The Fabulous Beekman Boys"

Enjoy a casual evening in our Cooking School as Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge introduce to you to some of their favorite dishes that feature seasonal vegetables. As the Fabulous Beekman Boys demonstrate three recipes, you’ll enjoy a festival of fall flavors that includes: Caramelized Onion & Potato Hand Pies; Candied Fennel & Fried Lemons with Poached Shrimp; Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Orange-Olive Sauce; Fried Polenta with Sauteed Spinach; The Beekman 1802 Stuffed Peppers (with Chorizo); and Walnut Cake (a la Greek Diner).