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The new Zest Cooking School is now open at 1180 Erbs Quarry Road, Lititz.

Want to learn new cooking skills to
impress your friends or throw the best
dinner party ever? Join our culinary
experts for fabulous cooking classes in
our new state-of-the-art cooking school,
just three miles from our retail store.

Our Cooking Class Schedule

Fabulous French Macarons – Springtime Flavors 1 seat left!

May 21, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

Ever wonder how these delicate French cookies are made? Learn the secrets to making these petite sandwich cookies with Pastry Chef Danielle DiSanto. Then try out your new found knowledge and taste your creations. Hands-on class.

  • Lemon Macarons
  • Strawberry Macarons
  • Rose Macarons
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French Backyard Desserts

May 22, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

The patisseries and bakeries in France are famous for a reason. The country specializes in everything from chocolate to fruit tarts! Pastry Chef Danielle DiSanto will show you how easy it is to make classic French desserts. A Hands-on class.

  • Fresh Fruit Tart
  • Blueberry Clafouti
  • Seasonal Fruit Galette
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Springtime in Paris (daytime)

May 22, 2019 10:00 am | $65. | Linda Leeking

Spring in Paris is fresh, bold and beautiful! Linda Leeking will transport you to France with this tres bon menu. A Hands-on class. BYOB

  • Pissaladiere (Pizza with Caramelized Onions & the flavors of Provence!)
  • Chicken Mornay Crepes
  • Salad Nicoise
  • Classic French Madeleine Cookies
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Taste the Sunshine (evening) SOLD OUT

May 23, 2019 6:00 pm | $65 | Tina Bare

Tina Bare takes you beyond traditional lemon bars and lemon pie with this inspired lemon menu. Gluten Free. Hands-on. BYOB

  • Strawberry Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  • Lemon Pasta with Ricotta and Fresh Peas
  • Skillet Roasted Chicken in Lemon Sauce
  • Lemon Tea Bread
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Sensational Strawberry Shortcake & Strawberry Jam (morning class)

May 29, 2019 10:00 am | $65. | Chef Paul Anater

Fresh strawberries mounded on top of homemade shortcakes and topped with homemade whipped cream marks the beginning of summer! Chef Paul Anater teaches this class where you will make strawberry shortcake from scratch. Paul will also demonstrate the simple process of making homemade strawberry jam and for the adventurous, how to make strawberry habanero jam. Taste the wholesome goodness! Hands-on class.

 

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Springtime Farm to Table Treats

May 29, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Valerie Baer

Valerie Baer literally lives farm-to-table!  Val is an avid gardner, food preserver and cook. In this class she shares some fresh spring dishes using local ingredients with you! Learn to make flaky butter crust. Try your hand at tender strawberry shortcake sliders! Hands-on class.

  • Fresh Mint Butter Cookies
  • Fresh Rhubarb Galette with Yogurt Cream
  • Strawberry Shortcake Sliders Homemade Whipped Cream
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Pasta Making Made Easy

June 3, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Paul Anater

Fresh pasta can be pricey, but the ingredients are inexpensive and you can make it yourself! In this class, Paul Anater will teach a technique for making semolina fettuccine he learned in Italy. This pasta requires no specialty equipment! It is hand rolled and hand cut. The participants will make and take a batch of pasta they made themselves. To wrap up the class Paul will demonstrate how to cook fresh pasta and students will enjoy a bowl of fettuccine Bognese! A hands-on class.

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Doggone Good Doggy Treats

June 5, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Paul Anater

What better way to show your dog some affection than by rewarding him with a homemade treat! Paul Anater will bypass additives and byproducts when making these nutritious dog treats. Students will make and bake three recipes: Oats and Beef; Chicken and Whole Wheat; and Peanut Butter, Sweet Potato and Rice. You’ll get to keep the dog bone cookie cutter you use in class to make your treats and you’ll leave with a variety of rewards for your pooch. A fun activity for all ages! A hands-on class.

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Remarkable Rhubarb

June 6, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Tina Bare

Whether you think Rhubarb is a fruit or veggie, it is a perennial that offers a unique tart taste that can be used in a variety of delectable dishes. Tina Bare will show you how versatile rhubarb can be! A Hands-on class.

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita
  • Roasted Asparagus with Rhubarb Vinegar
  • Classic Rhubarb Crisp
  • Savory Rhubarb Chutney and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
  • Mexican Rhubarb Chocolate Chunk Brownies
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Milk Street ~ Mid-Summer Meatballs & More

June 12, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Marci Rittenhouse, RD, LDN

This hands-on class taught by Marci Rittenhouse, RD LDN, is offered in conjunction with Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cooking School. Learn how to use bolder flavors, easier techniques and combinations of ingredients that will take your cooking from good to great. The world is full of better ways to get supper on the table! BYOB

  • Salted Mint Lassi (an appetizer beverage)
  • Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps
  • Cashew-Coconut Meatballs In Curry Sauce
  • Turkish Meatballs with Lime Yogurt Sauce
  • Savory Coconut Rice
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French Macarons ~ Summer Flavors

June 13, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

Ever wonder how these delicate French cookies are made?  Learn the secrets to making these petite sandwich cookies with Pastry Chef Danielle DiSanto.  Then try out your new found knowledge and taste your creations. Hands-on class.

  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • S’mores
  • Salted Caramel
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Kids Cooking: Parent/Grandparent & Me – Summer Sizzle! SOLD OUT

June 15, 2019 10:00 am | $75. | Linda Leeking

Children ages 6-12 years will create a delicious and nutritious meal alongside a special adult in their life! Linda Leeking will teach basic kitchen skills and apply it to some favorite kid foods! Before you know it the kids will be asking to make supper for you! Limited to 10 pairs. $75/1 adult & 1  child. 10:00AM-12:00PM

  • Summer Fresh Fruit with Homemade Yogurt Dressing
  • Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Delectable Dipping Sauce
  • Seasoned Oven Fries
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake (For peanut allergy – we can substitute blueberry – please state on notes when registering.)
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Kids Cooking Camp ~ North American Regional Food SOLD OUT

June 18, 2019 12:30 pm | $180. | Gwen Eberly

This 3 day (June 18, 19 & 20 from 12:30-3:00PM) hands­-on mini cooking camp, taught by Gwen Eberly, will give kids, ages 8-12, the opportunity to learn kitchen skills and experience food from the North American Region. Each session runs 2 1/2 hours and ends with a delicious spread of the days creations. They will take home all the recipes! Limited to 12 kids!

Day 1 Low Country

Low Country Boil, Hush Puppies, Pecan & Peach Cobbler

Day 2 Southwest

Tacos (Beef, Chicken & Veggie), Guacamole, Fresh Salsa, Black Bean, Rice & Lime Salad, Tres Leches Cake

Day 3 PA Dutch

Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Noodles, Cucumber Salad, Shoofly Pie, Whoopie Pies

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Perfect Picnic ~ Rain or Shine!

June 21, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Linda Leeking

A picnic needs to taste like summer, be portable and mouth watering! Linda Leeking brings all these attributes to this delightful picnic menu! A Hands-on class. BYOB

  • Grilled or Broiled Molasses Steak with Watermelon Salsa
  • Fresh Herb Potato Salad
  • Broccoli Slaw with Candied Pecans
  • Blackberry Almond Tart
  • Sweet Tea Spritzer
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Teen Culinary Camp ~ North American Regional Food SOLD OUT

June 25, 2019 12:30 pm | $180. | Gwen Eberly

This 3 day (June 25, 26 & 27 from 12:30-3:00PM) hands­-on mini cooking camp, taught by Gwen Eberly, will give teens, ages 13-16, the opportunity to learn kitchen skills and experience food from the North American Region. Each session runs 2 1/2 hours and ends with a delicious spread of the days creations. They will take home all the recipes! Limited to 12 kids!

Day 1 Low Country

Low Country Boil, Hush Puppies, Pecan & Peach Cobbler

Day 2 Southwest

Tacos (Beef, Chicken & Veggie), Guacamole, Fresh Salsa, Black Bean, Rice & Lime Salad, Tres Leches Cake

Day 3 PA Dutch

Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Noodles, Cucumber Salad, Shoofly Pie, Whoopie Pies

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Getting Ready to Grill: Butchering a Beef Tenderloin Workshop

June 24, 2019 6:00 pm | $60. | Chef Jason Hampton

You bring a whole beef tenderloin from your favorite discount store to this cooking class. Chef Jason Hampton, a freelance chef for 20 years, owner of In A Pinch Catering and Heart Cafe is going to walk you through step by step how to trim and break it down. You will go home with packaged Strips and Tips, Petite Filets, Center Cut Filets and a Tenderloin Roast ready to grill or prep any way you prefer! As a bonus enjoy an Asian Beef Salad Summer Entree after the trim class! A hands-on class. Please bring your tenderloin in a cooler so you can take it home as well!

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Kids Cooking: Parent/Grandparent & Me – Summer Sizzle! SOLD OUT

June 26, 2019 5:30 pm | $75. | Linda Leeking

Children ages 6-12 years will create a delicious and nutritious meal alongside a special adult in their life! Linda Leeking will teach basic kitchen skills and apply it to some favorite kid foods! Before you know it the kids will be asking to make supper for you! A hands-on class.

Limited to 10 pairs. $75/1 adult & 1 child 5:30-7:30PM

  • Summer Fresh Fruit with Homemade Yogurt Dressing
  • Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Delectable Dipping Sauce
  • Seasoned Oven Fries
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake (Can substitute Blueberry for peanut allergies – please make a note when registering.)
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Kids Cooking Camp ~ Desserts and Snacks SOLD OUT

July 9, 2019 12:30 pm | $180. | Gwen Eberly

This 3 day (July 9, 10 & 11 from 12:30-3:00PM) hands-on mini cooking camp , taught by Gwen Eberly, will give kids, ages 8-12, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baking and create fun and delicious snacks to serve friends and family. Each class will end with an opportunity to devour all of their delicious goodies. They will take home all the recipes! Limited to 12 kids!

Day 1 Lunchtime Favorites

Mini Mac and Cheese in Parmesan Cups, Snow Pea Wrapped Shrimp Skewer with Lemon Mayo, Rolled Cookies

Day 2 Personal Grilled Pizza

Basil, Summer Squash & Corn Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza, Chicken, Cheddar and Black Bean Pizza, Fresh Blueberry Tarts, Fresh Peach Tarts

Day 3 Sliders

Beef, Turkey and Crab Sliders with Terrific Toppings and Super Spreads, Fresh Crudités with Hummus, Chocolate Brownies with Fresh Berries

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Tex Mex & Tequila SOLD OUT

July 9, 2019 6:00 pm | $65 | Chef Dana Getz

Join chef Dana Getz of Table Thyme Kitchen food blog as she walks you through her tried and true Tex-Mex crowd pleasers. If you are looking to add some spice to your menus while practicing your margarita making skills, grab an amigo and join us for a fiesta of delicious food! A Hands-on class. BYOB

  • Spicy Jalepeno Mango Margaritas
  • Perfect Guacamole
  • Tequila-infused Queso Fundito
  • Tacos de Cameron (Battered and Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Red Cabbage Slaw, Chipotle Aioli, and Fresh Cilantro Over a Flour Tortilla)
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Perfect Pie Crust: Pies & Tarts

July 10, 2019 6:00 pm | $75. | Donna Lussier & Amanda Pagan

Pastry chefs from La Petite Patisserie, Donna Lussier and Amanda Pagan, teach this class where participants will make their own 4 inch fresh blueberry crumb tart with a pate sucree crust and a traditional 8 inch chocolate cream pie with a traditional flakey crust to take home.  Come and hear their tips to making a melt in your mouth pie crust! Please bring your own 8” glass pie plate for the class. Cost includes a 4” tart pan. A hands-on class.

  • Fresh Blueberry Crumb Tart
  • Rich Chocolate Cream Pie
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Sensational Summer Seafood SOLD OUT

July 12, 2019 6:00 pm | $70 | Linda Leeking

With fresh seasonal ingredients this seafood menu will become a favorite to serve to family and friends! Linda Leeking will teach you how to purchase and prepare fresh seafood. A hands-on class. BYOB

  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Baked Salmon with Lime Tarragon Marinade
  • Creole Shrimp and Rice
  • Scallop Fettuccini
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French Macarons ~ Refreshing Summer Flavors

July 16, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

Chef Danielle DiSanto is back again to teach you not only the macaron method but to also share many tips on making these petite French sandwich cookies. A hands-on class.

  • Neapolitan
  • Lemon Raspberry
  • Coconut
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Gourmet Burgers

July 17, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Tina Bare

Summer is synonymous with burgers! Upgrade your ho-hum burger with these amazing homemade patty recipes! Tina Bare will help you get your creative juices flowing with fantastic toppings! A Gluten Free Hands-on class.

  • Italian Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions
  • Fiesta Burgers with Pico de Gallo and Guacamole
  • Turkey Portobello Burgers with Avocado and White Cheddar
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Kids Cooking ~ Pizza Passion

July 18, 2019 10:00 am | $65. | Valerie Baer

Kids ages 8-12 will make 2 kinds of homemade pizza crust. Valerie Baer will teach the difference between making slow-rise pizza dough using yeast and a quick crust using baking powder. Each kid will create their own personal pizza with a wide variety of toppings then enjoy it with salad, lemonade and chips. Each participant will take home their own ball of slow-rise refrigerator dough to make another pizza later! A hands-on class. 

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Teens Culinary School ~ Pizza Passion

July 18, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Valerie Baer

Teens ages 13-16 will make 2 kinds of homemade pizza crust. Valerie Baer will teach the difference between making slow-rise pizza dough using yeast and a quick crust using baking powder. Each teen will create their own personal pizza with a wide variety of toppings then enjoy it with salad, lemonade and chips. Each participant will take home their own ball of slow-rise refrigerator dough to make another pizza later! A hands-on class. 

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Handcrafted Pizza

July 19, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Paul Anater

Making good pizza at home can be a challenge,  but in this class you will learn how to turn your home oven into a slice of Little Italy. Good pizza starts with a good crust. Paul Anater will walk students through the steps to making a great pizza dough. Learn how to make delicious pizza sauce as well as how to coax your home oven settings to yield a perfect pizza. Enjoy fresh hot pizza right out of the oven with a variety of  seasonal toppings! Students take home a batch of pizza dough ready to bake!  A Hands-on class.

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Teen Culinary Camp ~ Desserts and Snacks

July 23, 2019 12:30 pm | $180. | Gwen Eberly

This 3 day (July 23, 24 & 25 from 12:30-3:00PM) hands-on mini cooking camp , taught by Gwen Eberly, will give teens, ages 13-16, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baking and create fun and delicious snacks to serve friends and family. Each class will end with an opportunity to devour all of their delicious goodies. They will take home all the recipes! Limited to 12 kids!

Day 1 Lunchtime Favorites

Mini Mac and Cheese in Parmesan Cups, Snow Pea Wrapped Shrimp Skewer with Lemon Mayo, Rolled Cookies

Day 2 Personal Grilled Pizza

Basil, Summer Squash & Corn Pizza, Fresh Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza, Chicken, Cheddar and Black Bean Pizza, Fresh Blueberry Tarts, Fresh Peach Tarts

Day 3 Sliders

Beef, Turkey and Crab Sliders with Terrific Toppings and Super Spreads, Fresh Crudités with Hummus, Chocolate Brownies with Fresh Berries

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Personalize Your Pack

July 24, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Kilene Knitter RD, LDN

Ready or not, back to school season is almost here! Are you tired of packing the same lunches and snacks every day? Join GIANT Food Store’s Nutritionist, Kilene Knitter, RD, LDN for a fun and interactive culinary nutrition experience. Personalize your pack with these core ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, pistachios, Greek yogurt, and craisins. Bring your appetite for this hands-on cooking class as you prepare, cook, and taste simple, seasonal recipes that support a healthy lifestyle.

  • Rainbow Grain Bowl
  • Superfood Shaker Salad
  • Cucumber Hummus Roll-Ups
  • Garlic Parm Roasted Chickpeas
  • Nutty Berry Bites
  • Raspberry Greek Yogurt Bar
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Culinary Boot Camp

July 27, 2019 9:30 am | $80. | Linda Leeking

A mini camp for those who have minimal cooking experience!  Linda Leeking will teach basic knife skills, measuring skills, how to read a recipe and adapt recipes using what you have in your refrigerator! You will also learn how to create amazing omelets, butterfly chicken breasts, make flexible stir fries and much, much more!  An ideal class for the college bound, the newlywed or anyone who wants a brush up on culinary skills! A Hands-on class. Class runs from 9:30AM-12:00PM.

  • Summer Fruit Salad
  • Make Your Own Omelet
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Seasonal Stir Frys
  • Quesadillas 
  • Chicken Enchiladas 
  • Cowboy Oatmeal Cookie Bars
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Sensational Summer Sides (Gluten Free)

July 30, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | TIna Bare

Learn to prepare delicious, seasonal, yet simple side dishes.  In this hands-on class, Tina Bare will add to your family recipe repertoire. These recipes are great for a lazy summer weeknight or to accompany your favorite grilled entrées at a dinner party. A Gluten Free Hands-on class. 

  • Creamy Corn and Poblano Rice
  • Tomato and Herb Stuffed Zucchini Boats
  • Grilled Asparagus with Shallot Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Halloumi with Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomatoes
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Classic French Baguette – Make-it & Take-it

July 31, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Paul Anater

Baguettes are the quintessential French bread and authentic Parisian baguettes are notoriously difficult to recreate at home. In this hands on class, Paul Anater will teach baguette making techniques he learned in Paris. Students will make a batch of baguette dough to take home. They’ll then form and bake a baguette using Paul’s dough which was prepared ahead of time. The class will end with a tasting of still warm-from-the-oven fresh bread. A hands-on class.

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Homemade Syrups: Soda, Specialty Cocktails, Salad Dressings, Desserts & More

August 5, 2019 6:00 pm | $70. | Paul Anater

Paul Anater will teach you how to make fresh, flavorful and unique fruit and herb syrups from scratch. These syrups can be mixed with club soda, added to lattes, turned into salad dressings, used to transform cake recipes, change up pancake syrups, become ice cream toppings, used with carbonated soda makers…..and that’s just the beginning! After making 4 exotic syrups, sample them drizzled on fruit salad, over homemade cake and used in the Drinkmate home soda making machine. Take a 5 ounce bottle of each homemade syrup home with you! A Hands-on class.

  • Strawberry & Black Pepper Syrup
  • Lime & Cilantro Syrup 
  • Blackberry and Fresh Basil Syrup 
  • Lemon & Rosemary Syrup
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Asian Favorites

August 6, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Linda Leeking

Asian food is full of flavor and you will not be disappointed with this light yet refreshing line-up! Linda Leeking will teach you the skills needed to be successful at preparing this classic Asian menu with confidence. A Hands-on class.  BYOB.

  • Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce
  • General Tso Chicken
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Asian Trifle
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You Can Can! Make & Take

August 7, 2019 6:00 pm | $75 | Valerie Baer

Come with all your questions about the preserving and canning process! Home Gardener & Canning Enthusiast, Valerie Baer, will walk you through all the steps needed to can a quart jar of peaches, that you will take home at the end of class, ready to enjoy! Val will also teach you how to peel, dice, fill jars and process diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. A Hands-on class.

  • Canned Peaches
  • Canned Tomatoes (in a variety of ways)
  • Canned Pickled Dill Beans 
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Authentic French Croissants -Make-it & Take-it

August 9, 2019 6:00 pm | $95. | Paul Anater

Please Note: This is a 2 part class!

You can master making traditional baker’s croissants by following some simple steps. This 2 part class mimics precisely the timeline of making croissants at home from scratch. In first class will have students make a batch of croissant dough and assemble the butter block used later to laminate the dough. The following morning, students will laminate, roll, cut, shape and bake the laminated dough into croissants. Students will not only leave with a thorough understanding of dough lamination, but also a half dozen homemade croissants and a partial batch of laminated croissant dough to finish another half dozen at home. A Hands-on 2 part class. Friday from 6:00-8:00PM & Saturday from 10:00-12:00PM.

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Everything’s Just Peachy!

August 13, 2019 6:00 pm | $65. | Linda Leeking

There’s nothing better than a peach at the height of summer!  Learn about the two types of peach varieties, how to select and store them. Linda Leeking will teach this class highlighting the very versatile peach! A hands-on class.

  • Peach Pancakes
  • Summer Peach Spinach Salad with Avocado, Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese
  • Sticky Chicken with Peach Glaze and Grilled Peaches
  • Peaches and Cream Pie
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Strombolis & Calzones

August 14, 2019 6:00 pm | $70 | Paul Anater

Eat out treats you can make and enjoy at home! It’s all about the dough for strombolis & calzones. A Stromboli is a thin dough spiraling around hot cheese and thin Italian meats. Calzones are baked turnovers of pizza dough stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings. Paul Anater brings his dough expertise to this creative class. Roll up your sleeves, make some dough and then choose to make a personal stromboli or calzone! A hands-on class.

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