They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. We say if you can’t take the cold, get into the kitchen. Wisconsin has some of the best cooking classes and culinary schools in the Midwest. Whether you’re a beginner hoping to learn the basics, or a seasoned dinner host looking for new ideas, here are a few of our favorite places to get crafty in the kitchen:
Lake Geneva School of Cooking
Located in the historic downtown four blocks from Geneva Lake, the Lake Geneva School of Cooking boasts a custom Wood-Mode kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. What better setting for hands-on classes with award-winning chef John Bogan? Your can even book a private party that breaks into fine dining after the class is over. $50-$85 per person.
Braise Restaurant and Culinary School in Milwaukee
Braise’s Chef Dave Swanson is about simple, fresh and locally sourced foods. In his Thursday classes, Chef Dave teaches the essentials, from basic knife skills to classic pastry techniques. At Tuesday lectures, local experts give you the dish on delicious topics like coffee, wine and chocolate. Bonus: every class includes a half-hour cocktail and appetizer reception. $30-$55 per person.
Dinner’s On in Eau Claire
“Delicious Date Night” and “The Vegetarian Culinarian” are among the dozens of cooking classes Chef Laurel Robertson offers at the historic Huntsinger’s Red Brick Farmhouse. From American classics to Indian and Japanese cuisine, Chef Laurel has a class to suit your tastebuds. Customized group events available. $55 per person.
Well, we’re getting hungry so to wrap things up, we also recommend:
The Palate in Stockholm
Barefoot Landing Breads & Culinary Therapy in Melrose
L’ecole de la Maison at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake
To find more cooking classes in your area, check out our directory. Bon appétit!