Classes

Soup Exchange with Chef Char

September 21, 2019

ITake advantage of the fall Michigan harvest time. n 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.

Crazy About Cauliflower with Chef Char

September 28, 2019

Crazy about cauliflower Cuisine: Did you know that cauliflower makes a great replacement for commonly craved carbs like rice and pasta? In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate how riced cauliflower can replace fried rice in a stir fry. Also try some healthy snacking or creative side dish ideas with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, Baked Caulitots, Cauliflower tortillas and Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks. So healthy and so easy!

Pad Thai & Spring Rolls with Chef Char

October 05, 2019

Enjoy rice noodles and rice wraps with your choice of spicy or mild sauces and a variety of vegetables. Enjoy shrimp, chicken or tofu. Since you will be making your own dishes, the recipes can accommodate special dietary needs, including gluten-free and vegetarian diets.

Kid's Mexican Fiesta with Chef Char

October 12, 2019

Learn an authentic guacamole recipe, how to make pico de gallo, grilled fajita strips, plus authentic accompaniments to tacos, fajitas or nachos. Secrets to the best crispy fried, honey-glazed ice cream will be revealed at the end of class for a “much bueno postre” (very good treat). Bring your appetite and be ready to have some fun. Ages 7+

Cast Iron Cooking with Chef Char

October 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.

Pasta Making with Chef Char

October 26, 2019

Homemade pasta is easy and delicious. In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch. Take the pasta a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. We will also make a big batch of homemade marinara sauce to try in class and take some home for later. We will be using Kitchenaid attachments and our old fashioned pasta rollers including rolling pin!

Soup Exchange with Chef Char

November 09, 2019

Prepare for the upcoming holidays by having several soups on hand to make up a quick meal. 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 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.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char

November 16, 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!

Homemade Apple Pie with Chef Char

November 23, 2019

Learn to make a delicious homemade pie crust and tips for quickly cutting up fresh apples for filling. In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate and discuss how to make the perfect pie crust, how to roll out dough, how to make a lattice top crust or cool cut-out designs and the importance of egg wash and venting top crust. Oh and we will make some caramel sauce from scratch to serve with our pie! Make a pie of your own to take home and bake later. Ages 12 – adult

Girls Night Out: Holiday Entertaining with Chef Char

December 05, 2019

If feeding and entertaining a small crowd is in your future, this class will equip you with the recipes and ideas to be donned as “the hostess with the mostest” by all of your friends. Party Platters are a great way to display hor d’oeuvres and appetizers to feed a small crowd. Even though the serving size of the food is small, each dish can really bring big flavor. We will construct chees and charcuterie platters and enjoy the taste when finished! Easy alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktail recipes will be shared as well. You must be 21 to register for this class and IDs will be checked

Kids Holiday Cupcakes with Chef Char

December 07, 2019

Muskegon’s little bakers can come together to get creative in the kitchen over cupcakes. Learn to make delicious ganache and other fillings, assorted buttercream frostings and decorate with professional piping tips. Holiday decorations will be on hand to accommodate the creative whims of Muskegon’s tiny chefs. Each baker will take home a dozen cupcakes that they have decorated.

Ages 7 and up

Kids Holiday Baking with Chef Char

December 14, 2019

The holidays are a time for baking and gift giving. Learn some of Chef Char’s favorite holiday cooking recipes. Make, bake and decorate your cookies in class to take home to enjoy eating, to give as gifts, or save some and leave them for St. Nick when he visits. Age 7+