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Cooking Classes

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

Southern Italian ~ August SOLD OUT

August 15, 2018 6:00 pm | $90. | Chef Antonino Elia

As always, Chef Antonino Elia has created a delightful Sicilian menu. After growing up in Sicily and later studying cuisine there, Nino will walk you through how to prepare this authentic Sicilian menu. A Hands-on Class. BYOB

  • Fegatini di Pollo alla Marsala (Chicken Liver Marsala)
  • Cavatappi alla Ragu (Cavatappi Pasta in a Rich Tomato Meat Sauce)
  • Carne Mista alla Ragu (Pork Ribs, Meatballs, Italian Sausage & Beef Braciole)
  • Torta Magica (Magic Cake)
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September Date Night with Nino!

September 7, 2018 6:00 pm | $75. | Chef Antonino Elia

Chef Antonino shops the night of class to obtain the freshest in season ingredients, so he can guide you in preparing a spectacular Date Night menu! You won’t want to miss this Culinary Italian Adventure! Just leave it to Nino! A Hands-on class. BYOB   $75/person

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Kids Cooking~Soup, Salad & Dessert!

September 15, 2018 10:00 am | $60 | Gwen Eberly

Kids ages 8-12 will enjoy creating this tastes-like-fall menu with Gwen Eberly.
A Hands-on class.

  • Chicken Stew with Biscuits
  • Spinach, Pear, and Spiced Pecan Salad
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
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Taste of Italy ~ Italian Brunch

September 10, 2018 11:00 am | $60. | Chef Maria Quaranta

Chef Maria Quranta, owner of Pepe’s Pizza in Ephrata, has a wealth of experience when it comes to Italian cuisine. Maria was born in Sicily and has always worked in family owned restaurants. She loves sharing her favorite recipes with you! A Hands-on class. BYOB

  • Uova in Puragatorio (Eggs in Purgatory)
  • Frittata di Asparagi (Asparagus Frittata)
  • Pila di Melanzane (Eggplant Caprese Stack)
  • Rolli di Lasagna (Lasagna Rollups)
  • Sugo di Polpette e Maiale (Sunday Sauce with Meatballs and Pork)
  • Biscotti genovese (Biscotti Filled with Pastry Cream from Genova)
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Fabulous Fall Crepes

September 11, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Linda Leeking

Crepes are delicate French pancakes that offer endless ways to fill deliciously. Former high school culinary arts teacher, Linda Leeking, will teach you the art of making feather light French crepes. A Hands-on class.

  • Chicken Mornay Crepes
  • Mushroom, Spinach and Goat Cheese Crepes
  • Honey Roasted Pear and Ricotta Cheese Crepes
  • Boston Cream Pie Crepes
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Personalize Your Pack

September 13, 2018 6:00 pm | $45. | Kilene Knitter RD, LDN

Same lunches and snacks? Join Giant Foods nutritionist, Kilene Knitter, RD, LDN for a fun and interactive culinary nutrition experience at Zest! 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!

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The Big Apple ~ Make It & Take It!

September 17, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Linda Leeking

Sweet, tart, crunchy & scrumptious…..APPLES….falls favorite treat! Linda Leeking will start your class with apple and cheese parings, while discussing apple varieties and the best uses for each type. A hands-on class.

  • Autumn Apple Tossed Salad
  • Chicken Normandy
  • Caramel Apple Cake
  • Apple Dumplings – Make & Take it Home!
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Meals in 30 Minutes!

September 19, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Tina Bare

Fast, fresh & delicious is the key to a busy back to school schedule. Tina Bare is here to help add tasty variety to your menus. Gluten Free. A hands-on class.

  • Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry
  • Fish Tacos with Coleslaw & Lime Crema
  • Easy Skillet Ziti with Sausage
  • Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce
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Puff Pastry with Paul – Make & Take It

September 20, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Paul Anater

Understanding and getting comfortable with laminated dough is the first step toward tackling puff pastry. Making puff pastry is relatively simple to make and tastes a million times better than the frozen stuff. You will spend the first half of class putting together puff pastry dough. For the second half, you will get finished puff pastry dough and make Puff Pastry Raspberry Nutella Twists! You will leave with not only the confidence to make your own puff pastry, but a batch of puff pastry dough to finish at home. A hands-on class taught by Paul Anater.

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Kids Cooking~Soup, Salad & Dessert

September 21, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Gwen Eberly

Kids ages 8-12 will enjoy creating this tastes-like-fall menu with Gwen Eberly.
A Hands-on class.

  • Chicken Stew with Biscuits
  • Spinach, Pear, and Spiced Pecan Salad
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
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One Ingredient 4 Ways – Cauliflower

September 24, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Chef Gili Kieffer

Cauliflower is available all year long and is easy to prepare in many different ways and flavor combinations. Join Chef Gili Kieffer to learn how to prepare four different vegan recipes using nutritious and delicious cauliflower! Vegan. A hands-on class.

  • Raw “Caulslaw” Cauliflower and Broccoli salad
  • Baked Cauliflower Pita Sandwich with Sumac Onion Salad
  • Red Lentil & Cauliflower Falafel
  • Creamy Cauliflower & Coconut Soup with Smokey Paprika Roasted Cauliflower
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French Macarons ~ Fall Flavors SOLD OUT

September 25, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | 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.

  • Spiced Macarons with Apple Cider Buttercream
  • Pumpkin Macarons with Salted Caramel
  • Hazelnut Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache
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Reduction Sauces 101

September 26, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Marci Rittenhouse, RD, LDN

One way to create extra pizzazz to roasted or skillet seared and finished meats is to create a reduction sauce. This method of sauce making takes advantage of the browned bits from the seared meat and adds a liquid or two and some seasonings which are allowed to evaporate. In this class, Marci Rittenhouse, RD, LDN will guide you as you prepare four sauces that can be adapted for pork, chicken or veal. Bring your social skills along because this is a hands-on class!

  • Pork Medallions with Cider Reduction
  • Chicken with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce
  • Pork Medallions with Bourbon Jus
  • Chicken Marsala avec Roquefort
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Authentic French Croissants ~ Make & Take

September 27, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Paul Anater

Traditional baker’s croissants are a many-layered, buttery treat that any home baker can master. Though they appear to be difficult to make, following some simple steps will yield something truly wonderful that’s really not so difficult after all. In this class, Paul Anater will cover the basic technique of laminating yeast-risen dough. Laminating is the process of alternating layers of dough with layers of butter to make an intensely flaky pastry. Once you make the dough you will learn to shape, roll, fill and bake both sweet and savory croissants.  Each participant will take home fresh baked croissants and croissant dough to finish at home. A Hands-on class.

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Taste of Italy​ ~ Harvest Time

October 1, 2018 11:00 am | $65. | Chef Maria Quaranta

Chef Maria Quaranta, owner of Pepe’s Pizza in Ephrata, has a wealth of experience when it comes to Italian cuisine. Maria was born in Sicily and has always worked in family owned restaurants. She loves sharing her favorite recipes with you! A Hands-on class. BYOB

●  Spicy Pumpkin Soup

●  Mezzi Rigatoni with Butternut Squash and Sausage

●  Grilled Chicken Involtini with Provolone

●  Prosciutto and Sun-dried Tomatoes with Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

●  Pinoli Cookies

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Taste of Italy ~ Harvest Time

October 1, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Maria Quaranta

Chef Maria Quaranta, owner of Pepe’s Pizza in Ephrata, has a wealth of experience when it comes to Italian cuisine. Maria was born in Sicily and has always worked in family owned restaurants. She loves sharing her favorite recipes with you! A Hands-on class. BYOB

●  Spicy Pumpkin Soup

●  Mezzi Rigatoni with Butternut Squash and Sausage

●  Grilled Chicken Involtini with Provolone

●  Prosciutto and Sun-dried Tomatoes with Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

●  Pinoli Cookies

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Kids Cooking ~ Fall Fun!

October 5, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Gwen Eberly

Gwen Eberly brings excitement and fun when teaching this tasty hands-on class for kids ages 8-12. Kids will learn lifelong cooking skills and develop confidence in the kitchen that they will never outgrow!

●  White Bean and Turkey Chili

●  Broccoli and Apple Salad

●  Mini Apple Dumplings

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Vegan Breakfast for Supper!

October 8, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Gili Kieffer

Plant based chef, Gili Kieffer, brings healthy breakfast foods to the dinner table. A Vegan hands-on class.

●  Orange Muffins

●  Coconut & Mango Chia Pudding

●  Potato Cakes

●  Polenta Breakfast Bowl

●  Almond Maca Superfood Smoothie

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German Octoberfest

October 9, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Linda Leeking

Join former culinary arts teacher, Linda Leeking, for a Zest version of celebrating Octoberfest with these authentic German recipes. A hands-on class. BYOB

●  Pork Schnitzel

●  Kartoffelpuffer ​(Potato Pancakes)

●  Rotkohl ​(Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage)

●  German Rye Bread and Cheese

●  Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte ​(Black Forest Cherry Torte)

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Fast Fall Soups

October 10, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Marci Rittenhouse, RD, LDN

Fall is busy time for families! This class will offer a variety of easily made soups with simple ingredients. Just combine a soup with a loaf of bread purchased on your way home from work and a green leaf salad for a well balanced meal. Roll up your sleeves for this hands-on class with Marci Rittenhouse RD, LDN.

●  Corn and Bean Chowder

●  Curried Sweet Potato Soup

●  Turkey Tortilla Soup

●  Savory Lasagna Soup

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Kids Cooking ~ Fall Fun!

October 12, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Gwen Eberly

Gwen Eberly brings excitement and fun when teaching this tasty hands-on class for kids ages 8-12. Kids will learn lifelong cooking skills and develop confidence in the kitchen that they will never outgrow!

●  White Bean and Turkey Chili

●  Broccoli and Apple Salad

●  Mini Apple Dumplings

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Pumpkin Desserts ~ Easy as Pie!

October 15, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Danielle DiSanto

A pumpkin dessert is mandatory for any Thanksgiving meal. Pastry Chef, Danielle DiSanto, teaches this hands-on class.

  • Pumpkin Panna Cotta
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream
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Artisan Bread Made Easy ~ Make & Take it

October 19, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Chef Paul Anater

Paul Anater will teach you two different methods to produce a round, boule-style artisan loaf. You will learn the no-knead method, as well as the traditional boule method. You choose which dough to prepare and then take home to bake. Taste fresh baked bread and learn how to add a variety of grains, seeds and different kinds of flour to customize your bread. A Hands-on class.

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A Taste of Fall ~ Apples & Pears

October 24, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Tina Bare

Fall’s favorite fruits, apples and pears, are the key ingredients in these delicious  answers to “What’s for dinner tonight?” Tina Bare teaches this hands-on class. Gluten Free.

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries, Pears & Pecans
  • Rosemary Dijon Pork Roast with Autumn Fruit Compote
  • Apple Pear Coconut Cobbler
  • Swedish Apple Pie
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Fabulous Fall Feast

October 29, 2018 6:00 pm | $65. | Chef Kay Weaver

Chef Kay Weaver keeps this seasonal feast simple yet truly delicious. While Kay demonstrates how to make each dish, she will provide countless tips on preparing each recipe. Partial Hands-on. BYOB

  • Roasted Squash & Pork Steamed Dumplings with Sauce
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Brown Butter Fried Sage
  • Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Pumpkin Tiramisu
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Fall Flat Bread ~ Make & Take it!

October 30, 2018 6:00 pm | $60. | Chef Paul Anater

Long before there were loaves of bread, people made flatbreads. Flatbreads are currently experiencing a renaissance and in this class, Paul Anater will walk you through two basic flatbreads; an Indian na’an leavened with yeast and a skillet pita that uses no yeast. You will make na’an dough in class and take it home to bake. Class will close with a Flatbread Feast featuring a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dips and spreads. A hands-on class.

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