Sharing a bottle of wine while you learn to roll your own seasonal gnocchi or cozying in to whip up decadent chocolate confections from truffles to hand-dipped berries — these Grand Rapids cooking classes put a flavorful twist on the traditional date night!
Grab your sweetheart and get ready to sharpen your skills; you’ll be recreating these special meals at home for many more date nights to come!
The Local Epicurean — Making Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce on a “Night in Naples” or handcrafting Tortellini with Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce during “Dinner in Venice”? Don’t mind if we do! Sign up for one (or multiple) epicurean courses and awaken your inner foodie — building your culinary skills while you share imported cheeses, pesto, baguettes and infused beverages. Or, sign up for all 5 courses in the “Pasta 100 Series” for a round of romantic date nights that’ll stretch all the way through fall and winter!
Downtown Market Grand Rapids — Inside Grand Rapids’ buzzing Downtown Market, you’ll find this teaching kitchen made for out-of-the-box date nights. Register early — and return often — for the robust lineup of courses offered here. Filling and forming Chinese soup dumplings, hand-rolling sushi, or whipping up European-inspired street food you’d only find at a German Christmas market — enjoy every surprising culinary moment shared with your sweetheart. Watch for popular sessions like “Cooking with Craft Beer”, where you’ll learn to braise — even bake — with some of Beer City USA’s finest brews!
Sur La Table — Step into this inviting test kitchen tucked inside Breton Village to experience “The Art & Soul of Cooking” with the one you love. Here, you’ll gather at a butcher block workspace wrapped around a massive center island as you follow your instructor on a culinary journey to some soul-stirring date night eats! Learn how to craft a romantic, four-course French dinner (including classically prepared Roasted Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce) or simmer a hearty pot of Beef Bourguignon with Wild Mushrooms and Pearl Onions for a cozy autumn meal you’ll want to recreate together, time and again.
Amore Trattoria Italiana — Where better to turn a cooking lesson into an instant date night than at an intimate, authentic Italian spot serving up traditional dishes from the various regions of Italy? Join award-winning Chef Jenna for her free cooking classes, from “Pasta & Sauce” to “Risotto & Arancini”. Grab drinks from the bar to sip on while you cook, then linger after class to enjoy an immersive Italian dining experience inside the restaurant, plus an expansive, 100% Italian-sourced wine list.
GRCC Cooks — Travel the world together — from South America to South Asia — without ever leaving the teaching kitchens of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Make everything from Banh Mi to Jamaican Jerk Chicken in “Around the World Street Foods” or take a “Tour of Italy” with dishes from Arancini to Cozze alla Zafferano (mussels with saffron).