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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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    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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Easy But Impressive Chocolate Desserts

Instructor: Alice Medrich, Dessert Chef, Culinary Instructor, Award-winning Cookbook Author

Based on years of baking experience, Alice Medrich has developed three chocolate desserts that rely on simple techniques that produce sensational flavors. Gain confidence as a baker and discover new techniques as you learn to work with chocolate in a variety of ways.

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Book Signing: Let Us All Eat Cake

Instructor: Catherine Ruehle, Pastry Chef; Cake Artist Turned Well Foods Chef

Meet Catherine Ruehle, the author of the new book, Let Us All Eat Cake: Gluten-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Cakes. A delightful collection of gluten-free takes on your favorite cake recipes, from everyday coffee cakes, layered cakes, and cupcakes to show-stopping special occasion masterpieces.

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Chocolate Crawl

Instructor: Central Market Partners & Foodies

We’re transforming our aisles into a chocolate wonderland. Indulge your sweet tooth, and sample some of the world’s finest premium chocolates and chocolate items at tasting stations throughout our stores. Event is free with registration. See the Info Desk with questions.

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Discovery Series: Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Instructor: Central Market Wine and Beer Managers

Join our resident expert on a tour of the most popular varieties of wine paired with chocolate, just in time for Valentine's Day. Wines include: Cornicelli Casa Rossa Red, Humble Pie Cabernet, L’Olivetto Pinot Noir, Riondo Sparkling Sheraz, Doppio Passo Primitivo, Paringa Shiraz

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Texas Parks & Wildlife: A Seasonal Supper Featuring Game

Instructor: Texas Parks & Wildlife Volunteer & CM Cooking School Staff

Spend an evening learning to cook with some of the best our great state has to offer. You'll disover new ways to enjoy oysters from the Gulf; pheasant; and venison in this casual version of a demonstration class.

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Yan Can Cook A Chinese New Year's Feast

Instructor: Martin Yan, Chef, TV Host, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author

Welcome the Year of the Ram with the ever-popular and talented Martin Yan. Chef Yan will introduce you to dishes which are reputed to bring longevity and prosperity to all who partake.