Chef Joel offers fun and effective classes focused on acquiring culinary skills for adults of all levels of expertise, interest and ability.   Whether you are a beginning cook or an experienced “foodie,” Chef Joel has great classes to meet your needs.

Chef Joel offers classes at several different venues in Madison.   Please note the location and registration information for each class.

Chef Joel also offers private classes, in-home classes and other fun culinary classes and events.   He can make your holiday gathering or special event a delicious and memorable one!   Please contact him for more information:

Chef Joel teaching fun, hands-on Cooking Classes for Adults


7/16 (Mon) 5:30-8:00pm – Adult Pakistani Street Food

Street foods are tasty, popular fresh dishes that highlight favorite local flavors and ingredients.  These Pakistani street foods are savory, mouth-watering delicacies that you’ll want to make again and again!  On the Menu:  Chapli Kebabs (spiced beef Kebabs); Crispy Onion Pakora (onion fritters) with Chutney Ketchup; Bun Kebab (spiced lentil and egg patties); Aloo Kay Kababs (potato kebabs); Chicken Shawarma with Flatbread; Nankhatai (Buttery Cardamom Cookies).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

7/17 (Tues) 5:30-8:00pm – Adult South American Street Food

Street foods are tasty, popular fresh dishes that highlight favorite local flavors and ingredients.  These different dishes highlight regional favorites from around South America.  On the Menu:  Argentinian Empanadas with Chicken, Cheese and Spinach; Bolivian Trucha (Trout with rice and slaw); Peruvian Causa (Layered Mashed Potato and Vegetable Cakes); Pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread); Argentinian Carne en Palito (Meat on a Stick); and Cinnamon Sugar Sopapillas for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.


7/11/18 (Wed) – 6:00 – 8:30pm – Sake Dinner

Try several varieties of sake (cold and warm) with some delicious Japanese recipes. We will pair sakes with Miso Soup with Shrimp and Sea Vegetables; Japanese Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Tempura with Tempura Dipping Sauce; Grilled Teriyaki Beef Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette and Grilled Scallions; and Dora Yaki (Japanese Pancakes with Sweet Bean Paste). A unique evening of Japanese cuisine and cooking.  Register Here.

7/18/18 (Wed) – 6:00 – 8:30pm – Food & White Wine: Tastes of Summer

Why do some food and wine combinations dance gracefully on your palate and others stand around and disagree? Learn the basic characteristics of three major white wine varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Taste these wines along with examples of sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods, plus herbs and spices, examining the role of umami in wine and food pairings as well. We will prepare Fresh Wilted Greens and Ripe Tomato Salad with Mozzarella and Herbs; Eggplant and Portobella Mushroom Napoleons with Roasted Red Pepper; Buttermilk and Greek Yogurt Dressing; Thai Green Curry Vegetables and Rice; Fruit and Chocolate. Then we will explore and discuss (in approachable language) what works as we taste the food we helped create along with two different wines of each varietal.  Register Here.


Please check their website for additional information and to register.


Adult classes are generally for individuals ages 18 and over.  Adult classes involving wine or alcohol may be restricted to those ages 21 and over.  If you have questions about any classes, please contact Chef Joel.


For adult classes not held at Union South, please register by emailing Chef Joel at: to reserve a spot.  Class sizes are limited.  Once you receive confirmation that space is available, please send a check made payable to Chef Joel Olson to PO Box 5643, Madison, WI, 53705-5643.

For classes held at UW’s Union South, please register at:  Wheelhouse Mini-Course Registration


Class costs are listed.  Class costs include recipe packets to take home and all foods, equipment, and materials necessary to complete the recipes.


Adult classes are held at two locations:

St. Mark’s:  Some Adult classes will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

Union South:  Some Adult classes are held at the through the University of Wisconsin’s Wheelhouse Studios at Union South, 1308 W Dayton Street.   For these classes, please register at:  Wheelhouse Mini-Course Registration


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