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.

Moroccan Virtual Cooking Class & Meal Kit

Saturday, June 29th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Join us for our next virtual cooking class and meal kit highlighting Moroccan cuisine. Hind Mhaouer, Moroccan cook and owner of Casablanca Bazar, will be sharing her family recipes and teaching how to make three traditional dishes, including dessert! The menu includes:

  • Kufta Tagine - a traditional Moroccan dish with stewed ground beef meatballs in a flavorful tomato sauce with onion, cilantro, parsley, cracked local eggs, and kufta spices. A vegetarian tagine is also available modified with Beyond Beef grounds.
  • Zaalook Eggplant - a cooked eggplant side dish with tomato sauce, garlic, parsley, cilantro, and spices served with crusty ciabatta bread
  • Ghriyba Cookies - deliciously fluffy coconut and semolina sweet cookies dusted in powdered sugar


$50/$45 owner



Vodka & The Moscow Mule In-person Cocktail Class

Friday, May 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Join us for our next cocktail class with Katie Carrillo and learn all about Vodka & The Moscow Mule! A Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail traditionally made with vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer, and served in a copper mug.


This class will consist of a charcuterie plate, lessons on the history and making of vodka and The Moscow Mule, a tasting of 3 vodkas, and a demonstration on how to make the classic cocktail. Students will then make their own Moscow Mule using a unique combination of ingredients from the Co-op including citrus fruit, herbs, spices, and fresh fruits.


$45/$40 owner



Smart Meals Class SeriesCommon Ground is partnering with OSF Healthcare to offer a free class series for seniors over 55!


Smart Meals is a program designed to provide awareness and education on buying affordable, healthy foods that can be easily prepared at home. OSF dieticians have created Smart Meal Kits with shelf-stable ingredients that can be cooked into a full meal, or supplemented with additional ingredients. Each kit also includes a recipe card, a shopping list, and other educational materials. Each Smart Meal recipe is uniquely created by a registered OSF dietitian. All meals are high in fiber and low in fat and sodium.


Each cooking class in the series will demonstrate how to make one Smart Meal kit, as well as fresh additions and recipes using local and organic food from Common Ground Food Co-op. Students will learn about a different nutritional topic catered to the meal, and then have the chance to sample all the food. At the end of the class, students will receive an additional Smart Meal kit to take home with them!


Classes in the series:

  • Wednesday, April 17th: Tex-Mex Tostadas with Chips & Guacamole
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Mandarin Orange Chicken and Green Chile Peanut Sauce with Cucumber Salad
  • Wednesday, June 26th: Perfect Pumpkin Chili with Homemade Cornbread (Vegan!)





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. 


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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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