for a new hobby? You’re in luck. Milwaukee’s favorite chefs are
spilling the beans in culinary classes across metro Milwaukee.
Register today for expert advice on how to make your kitchen a dining
Demonstration courses offer recipes, tips and samples at Bay View
Community Center, 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee. Classes are open
to all on a first-come, first-served basis. For about $16, experience
new themed cuisine. www.bayviewcenter.org
or (414) 482-1000.
Best Take-home Recipes
Sandy D’Amato leads themed demonstration classes in the Garden
Room of Coquette Café, 316 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. He selects
five recipes featuring contemporary, ethnic, market-driven dishes
(your favorites from Sanford and Coquette) and offers samples with
matching wines. $59; register for the mailing list at
www.coquettecafe.com or (414) 291-2655.
Best Alfresco Dining
Chef Eileen Sherman of Live to Eat at Hidden View Farm, 8104 W.
Highland Road, Mequon, provides five hours of hands-on education
focused on world cuisine made with local produce. In the last hour,
students enjoy "the fruits of their labor" outdoors when
weather permits. $95. www.livetoeatnow.com
or (262) 512-4163.
Executive chefs lead seasonal demonstrations at Mason Street Grill,
425 E. Mason St., Milwaukee, Saturday mornings at the Chef’s
Counter. Learn from the experts at Mason Street Grill, The Pfister
Hotel, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental
Milwaukee. $35; maximum 20 people. (414) 298-3131 or www.masonstreetgrill.com.
Classes at Milwaukee Public Market’s Madame Kuony’s Kitchen,
400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, are dedicated to the Wisconsin icon. They
are taught by culinary director Jill Nickerson, personal chef Alisa
Malavenda, food coach Suzanne Monroe and visiting chefs. Demo courses
start at $25 and hands-on courses are $49-$79. (414) 336-1111 or www.milwaukeepublicmarket.com.
Best for New Friends
Classes through Milwaukee Recreation are bonding experiences for
children and adults. They are held in "lighted schoolhouses"
around the city, featuring dishes from Caribbean, Hmong, Indian and
Italian to sushi and grilling menus. Prices depend on participation;
about $20 and slightly higher for nonresidents. (414) 475-8811 or www.milwaukeerecreation.net.
Best Dinner Conversation
Located adjacent to Il Mito, the School of Culinary Magic, 6917 W.
North Ave., Wauwatosa, offers demonstration and hands-on classes led
by chef Michael Feker. Along with one-on-one sessions, corporate
team-building events and group lessons over lunch, 14 places are
available at the Chef’s Counter. He’ll prepare a personalized meal
with complimentary wines and interactive conversation on taste and
technique. $59-$120. (414) 443-1414 or www.ilmitocooking.com.
Best for All Ages
Test Kitchen classes at Superior Equipment & Supply, 4550 S.
Brust Ave., Milwaukee, host six to 75 participants. Local chefs offer
demos and samples on Wednesday nights. The cooking series is six weeks
of hands-on learning on a particular theme, such as Italian cuisine.
Kids ages 2-17, including those with special needs, can participate
too. With any class, receive a discount on store products pertinent to
the lesson. Contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
(414) 671-1200 to register.
Best Participation Bonus
Williams Sonoma offers quarterly demonstration classes in the Test
Kitchen on Tuesday and Thursday nights. For $35, spend two hours with
the featured chef, sample the cuisine, take home recipes and receive a
10 percent discount on your purchases that evening. Sundays at 2 p.m.
are complimentary technique courses taught by store experts. Maximum
25 students. Bayshore Mall, (414) 967-8879; Mayfair Mall, (414)