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Des Moines, IA

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Des Moines, IA

The Chef and The Dish offers private cooking classes via Skype and Zoom, video conferencing tools, accessible to people in Des Moines, Iowa. Find yourself immersed in the cultures of Italy, Spain, Japan, and many other international locations. The options are endless when you learn from the best chefs and this experience makes it the perfect stay-at-home date night.

To participate from your location in Des Moines, is very easy. Simply select the cooking class you would like to attend, and book it online. With over 100 cooking classes Certified Tested by our team your kitchen will be virtually transporting from Des Moines to Italy, Peru, Morocco or other country with the click of a button. Cooking classes are available for beginners to advanced cooks and unless otherwise noted, use standard kitchen equipment. Once you've picked a class and a date, our assistants will send you a shopping list with everything you need to get before your class time.

Below is a list of local markets and stores in Des Moines to help you buy the needed ingredients for your culinary experience. Once you receive your shopping list, find the appropriate place to shop. Purchasing authentic ingredients is where your kitchen adventure begins.

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Graziano’s has been an Italian Southside tradition in Des Moines since 1912. This stocked Italian market is still housed in its original building. They have a beautiful space with hardwood floors that is described as “stepping back in time.” It's well worth the trip to get beautiful quality Italian imported products for your gastronomic pleasure. They carry a huge assortment of genuine Italian products and are best known for their Italian sausage. Graziano's is your first and last stop for your Italian culinary needs in Des Moines.

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Gateway Market

Des Moines Gateway market is a European style market that offers beautiful ingredients from the local area as well as around the world. It opened its doors in 2007 and has grown into a local favorite offering high quality ingredients and a superb shopping experience. They carry everything from wine to fresh produce to delectable cheeses and much more. Locals say you can find grocery products you can’t find elsewhere in town.

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C Fresh

C Fresh market is chock full of products from around the world. They offer ingredients from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Africa and more. The store is clean and well stocked, and according to reviews, the prices are great, as well. The staff at C Fresh are very helpful as you make your way through unusual ingredients and products with unfamiliar languages. If you're looking to find a lesser known ingredient, this market is for you.

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De Moines Farmers Market

Located in the historic district of Des Moines, the Downtown Farmers Market has been serving the area since 1975. There is something for everyone from wines and meat, to cheese and produce. Everything is fresh from local producers across Iowa and they offer artisan products from many different countries. This market has been recognized over the years of being one of the top Farmers Markets in the US.

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Allspice Culinarium

As its name suggests, this beautiful gem of a store offers a huge variety of spices from around the world. Take a walk around, breathe in the aromas and marvel at the multitude of spices from around the world. As you browse the spices for your cooking class, notice they also sell spices in small bags so you can refill your own jars. In addition to spices, they also offer a good assortment of dried mushrooms such as porcinis for making risotto or shitake for your Vietnamese Mi Xao Bo. Allspice Culinarium is a great stop for a variety of our cooking classes.

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Berkwood Farms

Berkwood Farms is your one stop shop for all of your pork product needs. Whether it’s a spicy pork sausage, bacon to compliment your dish or a beautiful pork roast as your main course, Berkwood Farms has you covered. The pork is revered as extremely high quality and the animals are locally raised by 80 approved farmers. While it may be a bit out of the main area, the location is worth the trip.