Learn How to Cook!
Demos and On-Demand Classes
Learn how to create healthy and delicious nutrient-dense meals while having fun!
My private and group cooking classes are a great way to add variety to your meals, improve knife skills, learn new cooking techniques, and discover healing benefits of natural foods. Classes can also be geared to address a specific health condition such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart disease, weight loss, or digestive issues.
Classes are typically hands-on and held in my home or yours, but can also be interactive, demo-style for larger groups. Each participant will receive cooking instruction, generous tastings, and a recipe packet.
Announcing Fall 2019 Plant-Based Cooking Classes
at Con' Olio in Bee Cave
with Chef Rachel Zierzow
Sushi Party! (10/29 @ 11 am – 1 pm)
Learn how to make perfect sushi rice with flavorful vinegars and no sugar! You’ll get to roll your own rainbow rolls with fresh vegetables, herbs, and homemade pickles, make avocado nigiri, and learn how to plate and garnish sushi rolls for a beautiful presentation!
Knife skills 101 (10/16 @ 11 am – 1 pm; 11/19 @ 6 – 8 pm)
Become comfortable and skilled with the most important cooking tool, the chef knife! Good knife skills makes cooking more fun and efficient. Refine basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts for vegetables—mince, dice, half moons, matchsticks, chiffonade, and more. Learn how to select a knife that is right for you, and tips for keeping your knives sharp. Enjoy a delicious Provençal Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto made with the vegetables you prepare.
Festive Fall Soups (11/13 @ 11 am to 1 pm)
Soups are nourishing, comforting, and mineral rich. Learn how to make delicious and healthy soups with seasonal ingredients that you can make all winter long! You’ll also become familiar with how to work with winter squash, cook beans from scratch, and season and garnish soups.
Healthy Holiday Side Dishes (10/30 and 11/12 @ 11 am – 1 pm)
Why not fill your holiday table with delicious, nutrient-dense side dishes that everyone will love! These dishes are bursting with color and flavor and will make your holiday table festive and inviting. Everyone will be asking for the recipes! This will be a hands on class and you will enjoy all the recipes made in the class.
"Why do a cooking class? I already know how to cook!"
- Cooking demonstrations are fun, interactive, and customized for the needs of your group.
- They take place in your home for a dinner party, or at a business for a wellness seminar or a special event.
- Demos include lively preparation of a recipe or an entire menu, discussion of healing benefits of ingredients and recipes, and Q&A.
- Drop me a line so we can set up a day and time that works for both of us to discuss class theme and menu items.
- Contact me to put together a class for your group or for an individual.
- Group classes typically range from 2 to 3 hours in length.
- Groups of 3-10 are $75-$99 per person all inclusive. Cost depends on menu and number of recipes.
- Larger groups can be accommodated pending appropriate venue.
- Private classes (one-on-one lessons tailored to your needs) start at $150.
- Special pricing for multiple class packages are also available.
- See list of sample classes below for ideas.
Team Building and Classes for Corporate Groups
** All classes can be made plant-based, vegan, or with animal protein depending on your preference.
** Don’t see something you have been wanting to learn? Just ask me to put a class together around your favorite cuisine or ingredients you love!
Knife Skills! Learn best practices for slicing, dicing, and chopping to make cooking more fun and less like a chore! Knife selection and care, basic cuts, and some more advanced cuts for garnishing will be covered.
Healing soups! Learn how to make a variety of soups that will keep you healthy year-round. Choose from hearty bean soups, sweet & creamy vegan soups, miso vegetable soups, noodle based soups, bone broths, vegan bone broths, and more!
Mediterranean! Explore different Mediterranean dishes such as Spanish Paella, Tabbouleh, Dolmas, Hummus, Greek Salads, Niçoise Salad, Italian Pestos, and more! I’ll design a menu around your favorite dishes.
Taste of Southern France! Learn how to make classic and healthy dishes from Southern France such as Provençal Vegetable Soup with Tomato-Basil Pesto (Soupe Au Pistou), Niçoise Salad, and Chocolate-Almond Truffles.
Sushi dinner party! Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, prepare fresh fillings, and discover the art of making beautiful norimake, nigiri, and hand rolls.
Make your own Spring Rolls! Learn how to make colorful, fresh spring rolls with delicious dipping sauces. Perfect for the warm weather!
Tamale workshop! Learn how to make homemade tamales from scratch, using healthy plant-based ingredients. A variety of doughs, fillings, and salsas give you many options to make these for parties year round.
Thai cooking! Learn how to make Thai favorites like Tom Kha (Coconut) Soup, Pad Thai, Red Curry, and more!
All About Beans! Learn preparation techniques that will make beans more digestible, delicious, and creamy! Discover the virtues of the pressure cooker as well as slow cook methods. Seasonal recipes are included to make the most of local produce.
Kid, Teen, and Young Adult Classes Different themed classes are available for kids ages 5 and up as well as teens and young adults. Emphasis on learning knife skills and cooking techniques to make following recipes a breeze and cooking simple meals without a recipe a reality. International cooking such as French, Italian, Japanese (sushi and more!), Thai, and Mexican are all popular classes with my younger friends. Classes can be adapted to a birthday party setting as well as group meetings like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and book clubs.
Macrobiotic Cooking 101! Explore the world of macrobiotics, the study of how to live the great life! Simple and delicious plant-based meals are made with seasonal ingredients using a variety of cooking methods, and are balanced to include the 5 tastes, and a variety of colors and textures. Meals are designed to be alkaline-forming, easy to digest, and full of nutrients. A discussion about how to eat (not just what to eat) to create optimal health and vitality is included.
Ayurvedic Cooking 101! Learn how to make meals that are easy to digest, have a balance of tastes, textures, and colors, and are seasoned according to the time of year. Learn about adjustments you can make in diet and lifestyle to pacify your body type (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha).