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Cooking Classes

Madison, WI

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Madison, WI

Build memories that will last a lifetime. The Chef & The Dish offers private cooking classes for those in the Madison, Wisconsin area live via Skype and Zoom, video conferencing tools, with chefs around the world. Madison, WI is known as a home for food lovers, and these cooking experiences with chefs in Italy, Thailand, Spain and more countries will truly transform your kitchen. Hang up the keys, open a bottle of wine, and enjoy a private cooking class with a chef video calling you from the other side of the world. It's just you and the chef! This experience is the perfect stay at home date-night.

Booking is very easy, simply select the cooking class you'd like to take, then select the date and time and book online. Classes are available daily and are great for both beginners and advanced cooks. With over 100 cooking classes, all Certified Tested by The Chef & The Dish team, you'll be whipping up Homemade Pasta or Pad Thai in no time. Before your class, you'll receive your shopping list and everything you need for your cooking experience.

Below is a list of local markets and stores in Madison, Wisconsin to help you buy the needed ingredients for your culinary experience. Once you receive your shopping list, find the appropriate place to shop. Purchasing ingredients is part of the fun of your cooking experience and where the mastery begins.

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Brennan's Market

Brennan's Market located on Watts Road is a gourmet grocer specializing in cheese, meats and artisan products. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in this attractive market exploring interesting products like fruit butters, pepper relish and mustards. Their large cheese selection includes award-winning cheeses that you can exclusively find in their market. Their meat and deli section brings in the highest quality meats including grass-fed beef and humanely raised poultry from Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken. While you're there, browse their extensive wine and craft beer selection to pick up a special drink themed with your cooking class.

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This cute little market is located on South Brearly Street. They offer a collection of takeaway dishes and catering for the Madison community, but stopping into the shop is a nice experience. While very small, they carry a curated selection of high end imported Italian products including gourmet pasta brands, imported DOP tomatoes, Italian canned tuna, olive oil, carnaroli rice for risotto, aged provolone, and several types of Italian pecorino cheese, and of course a wonderful array of cured meats. Make sure to browse their wine selection for a nice bottle during your cooking class!

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Patricia's Market

Tucked away in a little plaza on North Sherman and Commercial Ave is Patricia's Market, a Mexican taco joint and grocer. While small and unassuming, when you enter the store you'll find a nice selection of Mexican staples. Browse their authentic hot sauces, salsas, traditional Mexican snacks, masa flour, chorizo, and dried chilies and you'll have a bag filled with everything you need for your Mexican cooking class. Make sure to grab a torta for the road while you're there.

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Fresh Mart International

A short drive from the city center of Madison, Wisconsin in Sun Prairie is Fresh Mart International. A hidden gem tucked away behind a McDonald's, this specialty grocer is small, but bright and packed with lots of otherwise hard to find imported foods. While they do carry products from around the world, their store shines with their Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery selection. From bulgur and Turkish delight to jarred grape leaves and red pepper paste, you'll find a bunch of items for your cooking class. They also carry a wonderful selection of produce and the 'greatest hits for other cuisines including rice paper for spring rolls and other surprising finds.

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Bombay Bazaar

The looks of Bombay Bazaar are not why you visit. You visit because they have a great selection of authentic Indian and South East Asian groceries and products in the Madison area. A bit disorganized and shelves stocked to the ceiling, here you'll find a wide selection of spices including cardamom pods, poppy seeds, turmeric, and tamarind. You'll also find a large selection of interesting produce including banana leaves, long beans, yuca root, jack fruit, or different varieties of eggplant. If there's a spice or vegetable on your shopping list that you can't find at the larger stores, this is a good stop for your cooking class.

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Global Market & Food Hall

Established in 2020, this huge store is located on Zeier Road in the East Town Plaza. Half food court and half market, Global Market & Food Hall is serving the Madison region with a fully versed selection of imported Asian groceries. Bring a beverage because browsing the aisles could take a full day. Whether you're looking for Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese or other cuisine, this store will carry it. You'll find everything from kaffir lime leaves, glutinous rice, rice paper rolls, oyster sauce, tofu, seaweed, and one of the largest live seafood sections in town. Whatever you need for your Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese cooking class, you'll find it here.