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. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, in person classes were put on hold, but we now offer online cooking classes and meal kits so you can learn and enjoy new meals in your very own home!


Common Ground offers cultural cuisine cooking classes every month! We have a wonderful team of community teachers that will walk you through every step of making a meal. Sign up online, and we will assemble your meal kit with everything you need to craft delicious dishes.


Local Harvest Cooking Class & Meal Kit

A Fundraiser for Sola Gratia Farm

Menu highlights Sola Gratia's summer harvest: roasted eggplant and cherry tomatoes, crispy seasoned chickpeas, tulsi basil tahini sauce, cucumber quinoa salad with a jalapeño vinaigrette served with a side of pita bread




Taste of Asia: In-Person ClassThis class will survey the flavor profiles of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese traditions. The tasting menu for the evening will consist of four easy-to-make appetizers and a variety of beer and wine to taste. This class only has limited space and will be a part of an in-person cultural cuisine series!




Taste of China In-Person Class Series


Do a deep dive into the world of Chinese cooking with Co-op instructor and self-taught home cook Paul Young as we survey the vast flavors of Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai cuisines. In this hands-on series, learn how to break down the flavo principles of each culinary tradition, deconstruct recipes and customize the ingredients to your liking. Students will have the opportunity to watch demos and participate in the preparation of our dinner party. Do come hungry and thirsty because we'll be cooking and tasting at the same time. The tuition also includes beer and wine tastings.


Students will leave each session with easy-to-follow recipes of all the dishes on the menu. These recipes have all been adapted for the typical home cook and contain many tips & tricks to help minimize your time int he kitchen while staying true to the spirit of the original flavor profiles. All menu items below will use locally-sourced ingredients but are subject to change based on availability of fresh ingredients at local markets.


Sign up for one class or all three in this series!




Previous Cooking Class Videos & Recipes



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. 


Apply to be a Co-op Teacher

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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