Classes

Holiday Cheesecake and Chocolate Treats with Chef Char

December 13, 2018

Learn the secrets to making an amazing cheesecake covered with ganache and festive toppings for your next holiday gathering. Make a beautiful (and edible) platter out of candy and fill the platter with homemade Christmas Bark candy that can be enjoyed at your next holiday party or given away as gifts.

Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char

January 10, 2019

Trying to eat healthy in the new year? Spiralized Surprises from Apples to Zoodles – sometimes just cutting your fruits and vegetables in a different way will make the produce a little more interesting and fun to cook and eat. Baskc knife skills will be covered in this class along with instruction on other handy kichen gadgets that make vegetable and fruit chopping simple. We will then saute’ out spiralized produce in healthy, low-calorie, recipes using our own sauce creations and fresh herbs. All culinary skill levels are welcome.

Kid's Cooking: Harry Potter Party with Chef Char

January 12, 2019

Magic Food Recipes and Fun Potions for Muskegon Muggles. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and come learn all the culinary secrets to Butter Beer (nonalcholic), Hogwarts Magic Envelope Pockets (baked meat and vegetable pies) and Polyjuice Potion (fruit and vegetable juice smoothies). We will be making own own food magic in the kitchen.

Ages 7+

Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char

January 17, 2019

This easy baking class will focus on making a successful yeast-raised dough with a sweet, cinnamon and butter layer rolled into each biscuit. We will make the rolls two ways, one a traditional cinnamon roll with a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting and the other a caramelized pecan topping for the best sticky buns ever. Wow your family or friends!

Cast Iron Cooking with Chef Char

January 19, 2019

Cast iron pans are awesome, heavy duty vessels for making delicious meals at home. Learn about proper care for cleaning and seasoning your cast iron pans. Bring in your favorite cast iron pan and we will fill it with Dutch baby pancakes while we prepare fried apples, jalapeño corn bread and chicken pot pie with a homemade butter crust in the classroom cast iron pans.

Pot Pies and Pasties with Chef Char

January 24, 2019

Learn Chef Char’s secrets to a buttery, flaky pastry crust that can be served two ways to make hearty main dishes filled with assorted meat, roasted vegetables and savory gravy. Learn to make and roll a crust for a classic pot pie or how to make a filled pastie for a hearty Upper Peninsula-style meal.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

January 26, 2019

Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment? Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it? Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas? In this two-hour class, Chef char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting. Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker. These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past. Come to class hungry!

Girls Night Out: Cupcakes and Cocktails with Chef Char

January 31, 2019

Gather your favorite lady friends 21 years and over for a fun night of sweet treat making. Fill cupcakes with a tempting ganache and decorate with buttercream frosting from scratch while experimenting with different professional piping tips and techniques. Pair the cupcakes with a boozy coffee combination or a creamy layered martini.

Must be 21 with valid ID

Hearty Soups and Homemade Bread Bowls with Chef Char

February 02, 2019

Warm up with a hot bowl of homemade soup and a delicious pretzel-style bread bowl. Two soups will be made to try and take home, including loaded baked potato soup and creamy roasted tomato basil. Also learn the secrets to making a delicious bread bowl to serve your soup in. You will go home with plenty for the next day or freezing too.

Kids Baking: Cherry Tarts and Braided Strudel with Chef Char

February 09, 2019

We will make our own cherry filling from scratch, practice making a buttery pastry crust and work with shaping puff pastry into beautiful and tasty creations.

Girls Night Out: Wine and Chocolates With Chef Char

February 16, 2019

Gather your favorite girlfriends over 21 and enjoy this class that mixes the science of working with chocolate and the art of fun plating and chocolate desserts. Pair your chocolate creations with selected wines for a classy afternoon out with the ladies.

Must be 21 and provide valid ID

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

February 21, 2019

Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment? Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it? Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas? In this two-hour class, Chef char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting. Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker. These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past. Come to class hungry!

Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char

February 23, 2019

It is so much fun to make different variations of cheesecake just by switching out the crust or filling ingredients. Recipes for three different cheesecake crusts, fillings and toppings will be available in this class. Go home with tiny cheesecakes in the following flavors: pumpkin marble with ginger snap crust, triple chocolate with Oreo bottom, and New York style with graham cracker crust and fruit topping.

Ages 7+

Soup Exchange with Chef Char

February 28, 2019

In this class we will break up in to teams, each team will make one of Chef Char’s delicious soups and enough for everyone in class. All will go home with a 32 ounce container of three different soups (enough for 12 average size meals) to enjoy for a quick meal over the next month by adding some garnish and a side salad. Find out the secrets to making a delicious homemade noodle for a soothing chicken noodle soup. Make a French Onion soup that rivals restaurant versions of the classic rich dish. A butternut squash puree will round out the soups as the hearty, thick, creamy soup of the bunch. Also learn how to make simple croutons for soup garnish. Class is limited to 12 people.

Pierogi with Chef Char

March 02, 2019

Learn to make a delicious filled dumpling of Central European origin, commonly known as pierogi. These popular Polish treats will be constructed from a homemade dough and stuffed with an assortment of fillings before cooked or prepared for your freezer.

Girls Night Out: Caramels and Cocktails With Chef Char

March 07, 2019

Gather your best girlfriends over 21 and get in this class! Chef Char has an awesome recipe for making caramel pecan turtle candies. We will make big batches of the caramel and coat the candies with quality dark and milk chocolate. Sip on a caramel-flavored cocktail while you work and wait for your candy to set.

Must be 21 and provide valid ID

Kids Cooking - Mighty Mac & Cheese with Chef Char

March 09, 2019

Forget the powdered cheese mixes from a box and learn how to make a variety of delicious, creamy roux-based cheese sauces to pour over an assortment of noodles. We will add extra garnish for three healthy ways to serve the noodles and cheese as a complete meal. The kids will make traditional mac’ n cheese, deluxe triple cheese and a chili mac’ n cheese. Plenty for tasting in class and take some home.

Kids ages 7+

Fantastic Great Lakes Fish with Chef Char

March 14, 2019

Freshwater fish can be made in ways that rival ocean fish. Master awesome herbed salmon patties, a lemon herb whitefish filet and a beer-battered yellow perch filets. We will also make a fantastic broccoli apple vinaigrette slaw and creamy sauces to accompany our fish feast.

Kids Baking: Irish Scones with Chef Char

March 16, 2019

Learn to make flaky, lightly sweet Irish treat, tender scones. Master this baked good with a dark-golden outer crust with a moist inner crumb. We will try this recipe in three different flavors.

Cooking with Local Wines with Chef Char

March 21, 2019

Wine not only tastes good with food, it is also very tasty in food. This class will explore recipes with the classic French dish Coq au Vin Blanc, to wine and herb-marinated portobello mushrooms, and red wine poached pears with homemade merlot ice cream.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

March 23, 2019

Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment? Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it? Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas? In this two-hour class, Chef char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting. Recipes will be shared and lots of tips on using a pressure cooker. These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past. Come to class hungry!

Sous Vide Cooking with Chef Char

April 06, 2019

“sous vide” is a French culinary term meaning “under vacuum” and is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic bag or glass jar and cooked under carefully controlled water or steam temperatures. The intent is to cook the food items evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked while retaining moisture and without overcooking the outside. Four different recipes will be explained, demonstrated, sampled and enjoyed in the class. Sample various sous vide vegetables, chicken and steak.