Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes

We’ve been hosting an array of classes in our Flatlander classroom since 2011.

The Flatlander classroom has enabled us to fulfill our third end of being an educational resource in the community, as well as allowed us to bring our friends and neighbors together for new experiences. We have both in-person cooking classes as well as virtual cooking classes that come with a meal kit to cook along in your own kitchens.

 

Common Ground offers a range of cultural cuisine cooking classes and cocktail classes every month. We have a wonderful team of community teachers who will walk you through every step of making a meal. Register for some of our upcoming classes below and sign up for our newsletter to be alerted to just released classes.

 


Taste of Russia - Two Part Series

Do a deep dive into Russian culture as we sample a wide range of seasonal delights from a country with a fascinating history and even more fascinating cuisine.

 

Taste of Russia - Summer Picnic at the Dasha

Tuesday, February 27th 6:00-8:30pm

This class is part 1 of a two-part Taste of Russia class series taught by Co-op instructor, Paul Young.

 

Dashas are summer homes for city dwellers in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Because Russian summers are relatively short, many people spend most of the warmer months in the country growing their own vegetables and dining outdoors. Even though it's still winter here, we'll imagine that it's the summer solstice and prepare an evening picnic under the midnight sun with imported wines. Here are some dishes we'll be making on this festive evening:

  • Caviar & Vodka Toast
  • Carpathian Mushroom Soup
  • Shuba (Layered Herring Salad)
  • Olivier (Potato Salad)

 

$65/person

Limited seating available - only 12 seats per class. Ticket includes class plus tasting menu.

 

Register - 3 spots left!

 

Taste of Russia - Winter Festival Feast  

Tuesday, March 5th 6:00-8:30pm

This in-person class is part 2 of a two-part Taste of Russia class series taught by Co-op instructor, Paul Young.

 

Maslenitsa (a.k.a. Russian Mardi Gras) is a pre-Lent festival with pagan roots that celebrate the end of winter while ushering the spring. In Russia, this means sleigh rides, organized fistfights, dancing bears, and of course feasting. Sometimes called "pancake week," blinis (Russian crêpes) are the main item on the menu. At this dinner event, we'll be preparing a smorgasbord of traditional Russian festival foods paired with vodka shots and wine pairings. Here's what to expect on this festive night:

  • Borscht (Beet Soup)
  • Kholodets (Jellied Fish)
  • Golubtsy (Cabbage Rolls)
  • Blinis (Stuffed Crêpes)

 

$65/person

Limited seating available - only 12 seats per class. Ticket includes class plus tasting menu.

 

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Simple Meals: Buffalo-Style Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Veggies, & Fruit Crisp - In Person Cooking Class

Thursday, March 14th from 6-7:30pm

Join us for an in-person cooking class taught by Co-op instructor, Adam Wisnewski of Breakfast, Life, and Dinner! In our Simple Meals series, we'll be doing quick and easy dinners that help you keep your weeknights moving. This cooking class will cover how to make delicious and quick Buffalo-Style Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Veggies & Fruit Crisp. Pork Tenderloin is one of the best cuts in the meat department for its ease of preparation, flavor, and tenderness. Roasting it along with a sheet pan of vegetables makes for a quick and easy supper! And, of course, we need an easy, delicious dessert to finish this Simple Meal.

 

$50/$45 owner

 

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Springtime Soup & Spanakopita Virtual Cooking Class & Meal Kit

Saturday, March 23rd from 3-5pm

Join us for our next virtual cooking class and meal kit and learn how to make comforting springtime recipes with Co-op instructor, Carl Reisman! This class will cover how to make Spanakopita, White Bean & Kale soup, and an Apple Tart! Tune in for the Zoom live class and cook along in your kitchen using the pre-portioned meal kit and enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert by the end of class. Carl will be sharing tips and tricks that he's learned over the years as a professional cook, plus memories from our old Co-op days.

 

$50/$45 owner

 

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Simple Meals: Pecan-Crusted Salmon, Creamed Spinach, and Cornbread - In Person Cooking Class

Thursday, April 11th from 6-7:30pm

Join us for an in-person cooking class taught by Co-op instructor, Adam Wisnewski of Breakfast, Life, and Dinner! In our Simple Meals series, we'll be doing quick and easy dinners that help you keep your weeknights moving. This cooking class will cover how to make delicious and quick Pecan-Crusted Salmon, Creamed Spinach, and Cornbread. You've been meaning to add more fish and greens to your eating plan! Build your seafood cooking confidence with a spectacular salmon centerpiece with some quick and easy sides. You'll love this Simple Meal!

 

$50/$45 owner

 

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Previous Cooking Class Videos & Recipes


 

Education

Learn with Us!

 

Common Ground Food Co-op strives to serve as an educational resource on food issues. 

 

The Co-op works hard to serve our community, from recipes to classes to our Grow On program for kids and in-store information about our farms, our products, and the food system. We work with local teachers and schools to come up with food curriculum that exciting for all ages.

 

Our classroom is a great and vibrant space that is used for cooking classes, staff meetings, and as a space where folks gather to share food and build community.

 

Check out our class calendar! You can sign up for classes online or in person at the registers with our staff. 

 


 

Teach a Class

We believe in vibrant community education.

 

Community education creates a positive learning experience for the community members who participate in classes. Our education is accessible and varied in topic and perspective; however, due to COVID, our educational programming has become more limited and we ask that all classes are relevant to cultural cuisines, Co-op mission, and promote the products in store. We offer a supportive learning experience to experienced and novice teachers and learners. If you are interested in teaching a class please contact our Marketing Manager by email or by phone at  (217) 352-3347 about the application process. 

 

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Individual Class Proposal Forms

 


Request a Store Tour!

 

If you would like to bring in a group or class to the Co-op to learn about our local farms or food systems, schedule a store tour with us. We host engaging tours geared for all ages!

 

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