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Sharpen your skills
Local classes to further your kitchen education


April 2018

Whether it’s the secret to making a good stock, the knife skills needed to debone a chicken, or the basics of bread making, cooking classes can enhance the repertoire and recipes for at-home cooks. To begin — or even continue — your kitchen education locally, here we rounded up seven options.

Bay View Community Center

From Willamette Valley wine to Scandinavian cuisine, this community center’s classes cover a wealth of interests. Demonstration classes include tastings, of course, and the calendar is always filled with at least half a dozen classes every month.


Chef Dave Swanson and his able staff offer three types of classes. Single-session courses include basics like knife skills or Mexican street food. Semester-long, intensive classes cover cooking and baking fundamentals, while private classes can be designed to suit you and your group.

Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca

Private, couple and group culinary classes are taught by chef Michael Feker. Classes are designed around students’ own desires and cooking levels, and can be hosted Tuesday through Saturday afternoons, based on availability.

Indian Gourmet Catering

Vegetarian Indian cooking classes, including vegan and gluten-free options, are regularly offered at Indian Groceries and Spices in Wauwatosa. Upcoming classes are scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, May 24, both from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Market

From whole-food detox classes to basic knife skills and Thai cuisine, the lineup of classes at the Milwaukee Public Market is ever-changing, but it’s always enticing. And if Mimma’s on Brady Street used to be one of your favorite restaurants, then you might just have to sign up for one or more of the upcoming classes taught by none other than Girolama “Mimma” Megna herself.

The Petite Chef

As the name suggests, kids can learn to cook at The Petite Chef. But as the name doesn’t suggest, adults can take classes here too. Birthday parties, corporate events and even private cooking challenge classes are offered.

Wellspring Inc.

This organic farm and education center offers an eclectic selection of classes, from beekeeping to foraging to food as medicine. Plus, save the date for Wellspring’s annual farm-to-table dinner, scheduled this year for Saturday, Sept. 8.


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