Apple Pie to Tasty Thai: Cooking Classes in Metro D

By: Toni Cunningham | March 10, 2014
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I’ve never really understood people who say they “can’t cook.” If you can read, you can cook! Following a recipe is simple, but I could never do what the accomplished chefs on Chopped do, by creating an appetizing entrée out of cough drops, pancake mix, saffron and maple syrup.

If you’re not quite on that level either, don’t stress. If your idea of cooking consists of pouring cereal and milk into a bowl, there is hope for you yet. Cooking at home not only provides serious health benefits (as you know exactly what’s going into your food, obviously), cooking classes can help boost your confidence in your home kitchen.

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked cooking classes, either. Last time, I discussed Mirepoix and Toasted Oak’s offerings, and there are even more classes offered in the Metro Detroit area. Put on your apron and let’s take a peek!

Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 W. Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, is essentially a kitchen space available to both food service professionals and the general public for things like, you guessed it, cooking classes.

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The space will host several classes this month, including Pastry 101: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives… It’s All About PIES on Thursday, March 13. While you sip on wine and nosh on snacks, you’ll learn how to whip up All American Apple Pie, Lemon Curd Tarts, Mixed Berry Pie, Fresh Fruit Tart with Bourbon Vanilla Bavarian Cream, Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Ganache Tart with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream.

Later in the month, Healthy, Fast and Affordable: Weekday Meals will be offered, which includes a tutorial on Herb Roasted Root Vegetables, Spicy Garlic Broccoli, Orange Fennel and Red Onion Salad, Oven Fried Zucchini Sticks, Whole Wheat Couscous with Parmesan and Peas, Morning Glory Muffins and more. Rounding out the month’s classes is Mad Mad Macarons 2, which is pretty self-explanatory.

Classes typically range between $65-$70 per person, and with the all knowledge you gain and the tasty snacks provided, I’d say it’s worth every penny.

Whether you’re a hipster or not, Whole Foods Detroit, 115 Mack Ave., offers various cooking classes to eager shoppers. This month, the Detroit location is offering a class for beginners on Wednesday, March 12 and Friday, March 14, appropriately titled Help! I Can’t Boil Water! In it, you’ll learn basic cooking techniques and how to make an omelet. It’s all about baby steps!

More classes offered throughout March include Help! I Can’t Separate an Egg! and Vegan Soul Food. Additionally, Whole Foods Ann Arbor, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., offers cooking classes as well. The best part? Classes at both locations are free of charge.

Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, hosts classes for adults and children, as well as a bootcamp that will have you rivaling Masaharu Morimoto in no time. Well, probably not quite, but you get the idea.

Culinary Bootcamp I features five weeks of knife skills, sauces, dry cooking methods, moist heating methods and more. If that’s a little too much for you beginner chefs out there, Ann Arbor Cooks offers plenty of other classes, including several date night classes for couples.

Class sizes are limited in order for participants to get the most out of the experience, so make sure to sign up for classes like Do-It-Yourself DANISH, Date Night: Irish Pub and Date Night: Homemade Pasta Feast well in advance.

Taste: A Cook’s Place, 107 N. Center St., Northville, hosts classes led by culinary instructor Mary Spencer. Participants are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to their session, which typically last two and a half hours (the wine, perhaps not as long).

Classes this month include Book Nite: Real Irish Food by David Bowers (tonight!), Gluten Free Basics (Tuesday, March 11), Meats Gone Wild (Thursday, March 13), Everything’s Better with Bacon (Saturday, March 15), Flipping Out: Savory Pancakes and Crepes (Friday, March 21), Tasty Thai (Saturday, March 22), Beer Cuisine (Monday, March 24), Noodle Mania (Tuesday, March 25), Cheesemaking 101: Mozzarella and Ricotta (Friday, March 28), and Italian Regional: Milan and Bologna (Saturday, March 29).

Registration is required in advance, and most classes cost around $45.

Participating in a cooking class or two isn’t a guarantee that you’ll suddenly turn into a Certified Master Chef, but it’s a step in the right direction. Teach a man to fish and he’ll be able to confidently whip up a five-course meal for his family and friends in no time.