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Cooking Classes

You’ll love our lessons and teachers! All of our cooking classes begin at 6:00pm, unless noted. Maximum of 12 students per class.

Want to learn new cooking skills to
impress your friends or throw the best
dinner party ever? Join our culinary
experts for fabulous, demonstration
and partial hands-on cooking classes,
right here in historic downtown Lititz,
Pennsylvania.
Class participants enjoy 10% off everything
in the store on the evening of the class.

Our Cooking Class Schedule

Kids Cooking School – Brunch Bunch – SOLD OUT

April 28, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Gwen Eberly

Kids will love learning each step to creating a special brunch for their Mom, Dad, grandparents or friends! Children ages 8-14 years old will develop lifetime skills, while having loads of fun, in this hands on class with Gwen Eberly.

  • Bacon and Cheddar Quiche
  • Spinach and Feta Quiche
  • Homemade Granola, Yogurt and Mixed Berry Parfaits
  • Blueberry and Lemon Muffins
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Tantalizing Thai – SOLD OUT!

May 1, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Jeff Thal

Chef Jeff Thal, who learned his craft and catering in a gourmet kitchen on Miami’s famous South Beach, and more recently a food feature writer and columnist for Lancaster Newspapers, will bring his skills to Zest again with another authentic Thai menu!

  • Thai Peanut Soup
  • Basil Chicken in Lettuce Wraps
  • Basil Fried Rice
  • Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing
  • Cinnamon Ice Cream
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Simple Veggie Side Dishes – Gluten Free!

May 3, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Tina Bare

Simple ingredients, nutritious benefits and delicious results! It’s time to expand your vegetable repertoire! Tina Bare will bring out the season’s best flavors in this hands on class.

  • Ginger Soy Glazed Rainbow Carrots
  • Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini
  • Sautéed Radishes and Sugar Snap Peas with Dill
  • Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
  • Creamy Fontina Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms
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Date Night with Nino!

May 5, 2017 6:00 pm | $75. | Chef Antonino Elia

Chef Antonino Elia shops the day of class for fresh, in season ingredients to create a spectacular Date Night menu, perfectly paired with wine! You won’t want to miss this culinary adventure! You choose to help cook or just sit back, relax and learn.
Just leave it to Nino!

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Peanut Butter Passion

May 8, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Ann Criss

Local author Ann Criss will share 6 of her favorite recipes from her cookbook “Peanut Butter Passion, A Peanut Butter Lover’s Cookbook.” A long-time peanut butter lover herself, Ann is excited to share the amazing things you can create with peanut butter! Join us for this hands on class!

  • John’s Secret Peanut Butter Cake
  • Peanut Butter Munchies
  • Peanut Butter Bars
  • Pretzel Candy
  • Peanut Butter- Apple Crescents
  • Peanut Butter-Chocolate Crescent Rolls
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Delightful Mother & Daughter Tea

May 10, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Kay Weaver

Celebrate and honor your mother at this special tea. Kay Weaver will walk you through each step of this scrumptious menu including delectable mini desserts. You choose to sip on tea or help Kay prep. A great way to say “Thank You” to your Mom for all she does!

  • Leek, Asparagus, Herb Soup with Fresh Crab
  • Assorted Tea Sandwiches and Canapés
  • Curried Chicken Salad on Endive Leaves
  • Basil Mascarpone Filled Strawberries
  • Madeleine Cookies
  • Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles
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Kids Cooking School ~ The Amazing Lemonade Stand – SOLD OUT

May 19, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Gwen Eberly

Organize your next fundraiser or throw a summer party, after attending this class with Gwen Eberly. Lots of learning and fun in this hands-on class for kids aged 8-14 years.

  • Lemon Cupcakes filled with Lemon Curd, Topped with Buttercream Frosting
  • Lemon Butter Cookies
  • Lemonade with Fresh Mint Simple Syrup
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Southern Italian Cuisine with Nino ~ Make Your Own Pasta! SOLD OUT

May 16, 2017 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Antonino Elia

Come and make your own homemade pasta with semolina flour alongside Chef Antonino Elia. Nino will walk you through mixing, rolling, cutting and cooking your own pasta dough. Then enjoy your fresh pasta with three Italian sauces Nino will create for you during class!

  • Authentic Italian Pasta
  • Classic Marinara Sauce
  • Pomodoro Sauce
  • Roasted Tomato Sauce
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French Desserts – SOLD OUT

May 24, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

Do you love French Desserts?  Join Pastry Chef Danielle and learn that these desserts are easier to make than you might think. Chef Danielle DiSanto graduated from the Long Island Culinary Academy. She has worked with James Beard Nominee Chef Guy Ruege at Mirabelle in NY and is eager to share her expertise!

  • French Madeleines
  • Pear Frangipane Tart
  • Chocolate Pot de Creme
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Taste of Italy – Italian Picnic

May 22, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Maria Quaranta

Born in Sicily, Maria Quaranta has been working in family owned restaurants, both here and in Italy, since she can remember. Currently, alongside her husband, they own and operate Pepe’s Pizza in Ephrata. She continues to share her love of Italian culture and cuisine with Zest!

  • Insalata di Pasta con Pesto e Mozzarella (Pasta Salad with Pesto and Mozzarella)
  • Panino con Bistecca Milanese (Panini with Milano Steak)
  • Contorno di Verdure Primavere (Spring Vegetables with Potatoes and String Beans)
  • Frutta Macedonia Siciliana (Sicilian Fruit Salad)
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Southern Italian Cuisine with Nino

June 16, 2017 6:00 pm | $65 | Chef Antonino Elia

Chef Antonino Elia continues to bring the love of his native country, Sicily, to the kitchen. His menu delights the participants of each class! Come and and enjoy this culinary adventure!

  • Formaggio Primo Sale (Sheep’s Milk Cheese)
  • Pachere con Ragù di Maiale (Pachere Pasta with Pork Ragu)
  • Stinco di Maiale Alla Napolitano (Pork Shanks Neapolitan Style)
  • Biscotti di Ricotta (Soft Ricotta Cookies)
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Taste of Italy

June 12, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Maria Quaranta

Born in Sicily, Maria Quaranta has been working in family owned restaurants, both here and in Italy, since she can remember. Currently, alongside her husband, they own and operate Pepe’s Pizza in Ephrata. She continues to share her love of Italian culture and cuisine with Zest!

  • Polpette di Spinaci e Ricotta (Meatballs with Spinach and Ricotta)
  • Tortellini al Forno (Baked Tortellini)
  • Braciole con Patate (Braciole with Potatoes)
  • Budino con Savoiardi (Italian Pudding with Ladyfinger Cookies)
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Make-It-a-Meal Salad (Gluten Free)

June 14, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Tina Bare

Tina Bare will share with you how to make salads bursting with distinct tastes and textures! If you think salads are repetitive, boring and not filling, this class will change your mind! Tina’s salad meals are fresh, nutritious and packed with flavor and variety!

  • BLT Balsamic Chicken Avocado Salad
  • Bistro Steak Salad with Creamy Peppercorn Dressing
  • Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad
  • Deconstructed Blackened Fish Taco Salad
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Kids Cooking School – Grilling Sliders & More

June 26, 2017 1:00 pm | $55. | Gwen Eberly

Kids will love grilling and devouring the mini burgers they create in this fun summer class taught under a tent! Gwen Eberly invites kids aged 8-12 to join her for this fun filled tasty experience.

  • Beef Sliders
  • Turkey~Veggie Sliders
  • Grilled Potato Wedges with Honey Dijon Sauce
  • Grilled S’mores in a Cone
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Walk Through my Herb Garden

June 22, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Kay Weaver

Expand your use and knowledge of fresh herbs in this class taught by Chef Kay Weaver. Kay will teach you everything you want to know about how to incorporate fresh herbs into your menus! Taste how these flavorful plants can change your cooking!

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce
  • Tortellini Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
  • Argentinean Beef Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Crostini with Herb Compound Butter
  • Fresh Strawberry Galette with Mascarpone Whipped Cream
  • Herb Lemonade
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Grilled Pizza

June 26, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Paul Anater

Grilled Pizza has everything going for it–crispy crust, delicious smoky flavor, and the chance to be outside! Some of the best pizza comes from the grill. Chef Paul Anater shares his homemade pizza dough secrets with many of his favorite toppings!

  • White Pizza (Ricotta, Mozzarella, Garlic and Olive Oil)
  • Margarita Pizza (Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce and Fresh Basil)
  • Chicken Barbecue Pizza (Aged Cheddar with Roasted chicken)
  • Strawberry & Goat Cheese Dessert Pizza
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Grilled Desserts

June 27, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

Join Pastry Chef Danielle at the grill to learn how to create delectable desserts. Chef Danielle DiSanto graduated from the Long Island Culinary Academy. She has worked with James Beard Nominee Chef Guy Ruege at Mirabelle in NY and is eager to share her expertise!

  • Grilled Peach Gallette with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Banana S’mores 
  • Grilled Strawberry Shortcake 
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Kids Cooking School – Grilling Sliders & More

June 28, 2017 1:00 pm | $55. | Gwen Eberly

Kids will love grilling and devouring the mini burgers they create in this fun summer class taught under a tent! Gwen Eberly invites kids aged 8-12 to join her for this fun filled tasty experience.

  • Beef Sliders
  • Turkey~Veggie Sliders
  • Grilled Potato Wedges with Honey Dijon Sauce
  • Grilled S’mores in a Cone 
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Grilled Thai Street-Food Favorites

June 28, 2017 6:00 pm | $55. | Chef Jeff Thal

Chef Jeff Thal, who learned his craft and catering in a gourmet kitchen on Miami’s famous South Beach, and more recently a food feature writer and columnist for Lancaster Newspapers, will bring his skills to the grill with another authentic Thai menu!

  • Pork Satay (Muu Sateh)
  • Thai-style Grilled Pork Ribs (Sii Khrong Muu Yaang)
  • Grilled Eggplant Salad (Yam Makheua Yao)
  • Grilled Corn with Salty Coconut Cream (Khao Phot Ping)
  • Sticky Rice (Khao Niaw)
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Baby Back Ribs on the Grill

June 29, 2017 6:00 pm | $75. | Owners Sharon & Jim Landis

Our own Jim & Sharon Landis, owners of Zest, have agreed to share a few of their favorite grilling recipes with you! Come and learn the secret to grilling mouth watering ribs and an array of delicious sides. You will be ready to host your own backyard BBQ with confidence! This amazing menu is paired with wine. You are in for a real treat!

  • Grilled Baby Back Ribs
  • Jalapeño Poppers
  • Grilled Oysters
  • Jim’s Chicken Bombs
  • Marian’s Red Cabbage Salad
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Date Night Under the Stars

June 30, 2017 6:00 pm | $90. | Chef Antonino Elia

Only once a year do you have the special opportunity to join Chef Antonino Elia as he grills an amazing Italian menu, perfectly paired with wine, while being serenaded with live music in the background!

  • Grigliata di Portobello Caprese con Riduzione di Aceto Balsamico  (Grilled Portobello Caprese, with Balsamic vinegar Reduction)
  • Linguini alle Vongole (Linguini with White Clam Sauce)
  • Cartoccio di Frutta di Mare alla Vucciria (Grilled Mix Seafood Boil Sicilian)
  • Pesche Grigliate Ripiene di Ricotta con Salsa di Ciliegie Piccante (Grilled Peaches Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Spicy Cherry Sauce)
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