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.

Southern Cooking Class & Meal Kit

Learn how to make a traditional Southern meal highlighting local and seasonal ingredients with trained chef and local farmer, Ann Swanson of Hendrick House. Ann will share recipes inspired by her time spent cooking in high-end restaurants in Charleston, SC. The menu includes:

  • Southern Potlikker Stew with brothy stewed greens, local turnips, onion, and garlic
  • Pan-seared Local Pork Chops with thyme, butter, and hot sauce cream
  • Braised Local Wheatberries with roasted local butternut squash

Register below and preorder your meal kit to pick up on Friday, December 9th from 4-6pm in the Common Ground Flatlander Classroom. The $40 meal kit serves 2-3 people and a vegan option is available. Tune in for the virtual Zoom live cooking class on Saturday, December 10th from 3-5pm and cook the dishes in your kitchen using the preportioned ingredients from your kit.




Fermentation Virtual Class & Kit

Join local farmer Kaitie Adams and Co-op staff Sarah Buckman for a class covering easy (and funky!) ferments for your winter pantry. Kaitie and Sarah will cover the basics of lacto-fermentation and show how easy it is to make sauerkraut, fermented root vegetables, beet kvass, and preserved lemons. These powerful fermented foods will keep your taste buds (and gut) happy and healthy through the cold months of winter! The virtual cooking class is Saturday, January 14th from 12-2pm and comes with a portioned class kit with all of the produce and ingredients with an optional mason jar add-on. Kits will be available for pick up on Friday, January 13th from 4-6pm at Common Ground's Flatlander Classroom.






Taste of Japan - 3 part In-person Class Series

Do a deep dive into Japanese food culture with self-taught home cook Paul Young as we survey the amazing flavors of this world-class cuisine. We'll be cooking up a variety of noodle, fish, and meat dishes as well as a selection of unique delicacies and side dishes in this series of three classes.


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


See class details


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!


Request a Store Tour