When it comes to planning a night out, dinner at one of Toledo’s many incredible restaurants might be the first thing that comes to mind. But if food is on the agenda, there might be a way to get out of your comfort zone — and learn a new skill while you’re at it. From authentic Mexican cuisine to homemade pasta and dim sum, Toledo businesses offer a range of cooking classes for any level.
So next time you’re looking for a fun activity with a date or the entire family, check out this list of our favorite classes in the area. Whether you’re a pro at whipping up something tasty or just a master at microwaving, we’re sure you’ll find a great fit — and you won’t have to worry about doing the dishes!
Photo courtesy of Foodology
At Foodology, you have the chance to experience something new each time you come to class. Be it a lesson in sushi-making or a kid-friendly ice cream event, you’ll enjoy an enriching, small class environment (just 10-12 people), and learn from a chef with more than 20 years of professional cooking experience. Learn to make a 3-5 course meal while sipping coffee, cocoa or the adult beverage of your choosing (BYOB), and then take the leftovers home to share with your friends and family — or just eat them yourself. No judgements here.
- April 21: Asian Cuisine
- April 28: One Dish Dinners
- April 29: Fun with Phyllo Dough
Photo courtesy of Christine Nelson via the 577 Foundation
If you haven’t already visited the gorgeous property at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, you certainly should. This home has become a historical landmark as well as a community gathering place. Founded by Virginia Secor Stranahan, a Toledo native with a zeal for education and experiences, the 577 foundation is dedicated to protecting the property, but also offers classes and community events. While throwing pots, quilling and yoga are all on the calendar, you can also find a variety of culinary classes dispersed throughout. Come soak in the history of the property while enjoying a meal you prepared yourself!
- April 21: Dim Sum Cooking
- April 21 & 22: Szechun Cooking
- April 30: Green Bean Stew
This upscale kitchen and home goods store is always a must when visiting Franklin Park Mall. Even if you’re not in the mood to purchase anything, perusing the interesting appliances and sampling hot cocoa is an experience in itself. Looking to absorb more of the cozy kitchen culture Williams Sonoma offers? Our local store throws cooking classes for children and adults every so often. You can enroll in a skills class to make the best use of your knives, put together a multi-course French meal with your friends or bring the kids to a cupcake-baking extravaganza.
Check the calendar here or call 419-475-6368 for more information.
Dégage Cooking Class Series at the Historic Commercial Building
Photo courtesy of Dégage
If you’ve ever eaten at Dégage, you’ll surely be excited to know that you can attend a cooking class with chef Mike Lambert himself. Famous for enriching the cooking scene in our area, he is an excellent teacher with a passion for farm-to-table practices. At Dégage, his home base, the cuisine is all French or French-inspired, but made with locally sourced produce, meats and dairy. In his classes, you’ll learn to create dishes from all over the world, including Romanian cuisine, Italian pastas, Irish dishes and classic breakfast food. BONUS: Mention this article and receive $5 off per student!
- April 27: Soul Food
- May 11: Vegan and Vegetarian
- May 25: Pasta
Beyond Basics Health Coaching
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Looking to make a serious lifestyle change? Learning to cook healthy, wholesome cuisine can sometimes feel like an uphill battle (especially with tempting Pinterest recipes and pizza delivery at your fingertips). Mary Pietras created Beyond Basics Health Coaching to make cooking healthy, wholesome meals easy for everyone. Enroll in her program to gain access to a video-based nutrition program, one-on-one coaching and fun group classes. And don’t worry, the dishes you’ll be making are hearty and delicious — far from rabbit food.
What classes have you tried on this list? We’d love to hear about your experience!