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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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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
  • Southlake
    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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Bacon Fest: Stroll and Sample

Instructor: Central Market Partners and Foodies

We’re transforming our aisles into a wonderland of bacon, bacon-flavored and bacon-infused delights. Indulge and sample some of the best bacons, along with bacon condiments, bacon snacks, bacon confections, beer and bacon pairings, and even ice cream flavored with bacon ( you’ll love it) at tasting stations throughout our stores. The event is free but please do register online so we will have plenty of samples on hand.

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Spring Break Kids Cooking Classes

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

Let your little chefs get to work. Kids will learn about cooking techniques and different cuisines with the help of our resident experts. Classes change regularly, click to learn more about class details and availability.

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Discovery Series: Beer and Bacon

Instructor: Central Market Wine and Beer Managers

Join our resident expert on a tour of tastes: we'll be pairing a variety of bacons with craft beers. You will also learn about what to look for when tasting beer, a little about the production of these small batch brews, and much more, as you sample.

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Lighten Up, Y'all

Instructor: Virginia Willis, Culinary Instructor, Cookbook Author, Television Personality

Enjoy an evening of Virginia's signature charm and delicious cooking as she proves that Southern food can be good and good for you.

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Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love

Instructor: Cheryl & Griffith Day, Owners, Back in the Day Bakery, Savannah

Cheryl and Griffith Day bring smiles to the faces of their customers every day at their bakery that features Southern American comfort food. Learn to create some of their favorites and become inspired to bake handmade treats for those you love.

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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.