Whether you like to cook or you want to explore a new hobby, The Kitchen Shoppe provides a fun, foodie-friendly environment with a huge variety of year-round cooking classes that accommodate all levels of experience. Best of all, you get to taste the delicious results!
In addition to good old American favorites, such as soups, chilis, and burgers, classes cover a variety of cuisines -- from Italian, Indian, and French to Mediterranean, Thai and everything in between. Most classes are designed for adults but there are a number of Big Hands/Little Hands classes as well as those appropriate for all ages. All classes are BYOB unless otherwise noted and The Kitchen Shoppe provides glasses and bottle openers.
Classes are taught in two different formats -- demonstration or hands-on (with multiple items or with a single item). Most are taught in a cozy indoor setting with lots of mirrors so you can easily watch the cook from any seat in the room. Some are held at the outdoor grilling venue under a covered pavilion. In the demonstration classes, guests watch as the instructor prepares the menu items. Participants receive a tasting of each dish. During the hands-on classes, participants receive directions from the instructor and are assisted by additional staff to help prepare a single item or an entire menu. If you are preparing a single item, you have the option of eating it in class or taking it home with you. For an entire menu, participants help prepare a meal that will be enjoyed by all students at the end of class.
Regardless of the style of class or the location, students have the opportunity to interact, ask questions and receive a copy of the recipes to take home. As an added benefit, all students receive a 10% discount at the time of the class on their purchases in the gourmet superstore, which offers over 20,000 items, with almost every kitchen gadget, tool, or accessory you could imagine plus gourmet foods and teas.
When planning your visit, please keep in mind these two tips.
1. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Closed-toe shoes are recommended. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. All students receive an apron to wear during class.
2. The Kitchen Shoppe is not an allergy-free environment and is therefore unable to accommodate most special requests.
In addition to The Kitchen Shoppe, visitors can take cooking classes at the Culinary Kitchen and Cooking School at Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill. The private room with a Tuscan-inspired design welcomes guests and feels more like a gourmet restaurant than a classroom. These intimate classes (maximum of 25 participants) instruct, educate and inspire participants who can then dine on the different dishes prepared by Chef Chuck LaPorta.
Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farm & Market in nearby Biglerville offers a number of cooking classes that are hands-on, informative, and fun. Their regular classes are designed for ages 15 and up while their family classes welcome participants of all ages.
For a more focused experience, schedule a chocolatier class at Brittle Bark in downtown Mechanicsburg. With classes for children, youth, and adults, everyone can learn the basics of making chocolate treats and sampling their delightful creations.