Now We’re Cooking

Seasoned epicureans. Culinary novices. Health-conscious foodies. South Sound cooking classes cater to students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Bayview Cooking School—Olympia | 360.754.1448

At Olympia’s Bayview Cooking School, courses are taught by regional chefs, cookbook authors or one of the institute’s own talented instructors. Held on the mezzanine level of Bayview Thriftway, most are demonstration-style, showcasing an entire meal during one session. Students explore cutting-edge trends and state-of-the-art techniques and tools, with emphasis on Pacific Northwest flavors and tastes from around the world. Sampling is encouraged.

Toscanos Café and Wine Bar—Puyallup | 253.864.8600

Toscanos’ Executive Chef, Tom Pantley, has been teaching cooking classes for more than 25 years. Classes are typically offered every other month and include a five-course dinner, wine samples, and recipes. Pantley gives practical tips on shopping for value and food and wine pairings. He serves up ideas for unique icebreakers and discusses the history of ingredients and styles. The format is relaxed with plenty of time for questions. “We try to have fun with it,” he said.

Marlene’s Market and Deli—Federal Way | 253.839.0933

Marlene’s is a family-owned-and-operated natural food store with locations in Tacoma and Federal Way. Weekend seminars are offered at the Federal Way location. Taught by guest authors and chefs, the seminars emphasize cooking for health and enjoyment. The store’s regular offerings include instruction on the preparation of vegan, gluten-free, and ethnic cuisine. Sustainably- produced, 100% organic produce along with other unrefined, natural products can be purchased at Marlene’s.
As Julia Child said, “Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”