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


11/11 (Sun) — 1:00-4:00pm — The Pie and Tart Class (Adults)   

Have you ever wanted to learn to make delicious, easy, do-ahead pies and tarts to impress your family and holiday guests?  In this class, participants will learn how to prepare foolproof tart dough and classic pie dough and work with phyllo and puff pastry to prepare these scrumptious recipes:  Beef and Root Vegetable Pie with Puff Pastry; Caramelized Onion Tart with Phyllo; Pear Tatin with Puff Pastry; Apple Pie with Cheddar Pie Crust; Sweet Potato Tarts with Chef Joel’s Favorite Tart Dough; and Cinnamon Crème Chantilly.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

12/16 (Sun) — 1:30-4:00pm — Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from Your Wisconsin Kitchen  (Adults)     

Want to be able to give meaningful homemade holiday gifts?  Need something in a pinch for last-minute giving that will impress?  Learn about an amazing variety of great recipes for fun, easy and delicious homemade gifts from your kitchen, and make and taste many of them.  Topics and recipes covered will include:  Infused Oils and Vinegars including Wisconsin Cranberry Bitters;  Flavored Sugars;  Fruit Butters;  Jams, Jellies, Ketchups, Mustards and Marmalades; Pickled Peppers;  Quick Breads;  Yeast Breads;  Spice Rubs and Blends;  Homemade Marinades;  Liqueurs; and Bath Salts and Soaks.  A light meal will also be served to enable participants to taste and savor recipes prepared in class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.


9/26/18 (Wed) – 6:30 – 9:00pm – Knife Skills Workshop

Take this popular and informative class to learn and practice techniques that help take the chore out of cooking. We will cover: deboning a chicken; dicing onions, carrots, peppers, celery, and other vegetables; pasting garlic; and cutting a selection of fruits. Knife selection, sharpening, and care will also be covered. Bring your own knives or use ours. A light meal will be served.

10/10/18 (Wed) – 6:30 – 9:00pm – Comfort Food: Home Cooked Classics

Add to your list of great recipes to enjoy this upcoming winter. Tuscan Onion Soup with Sun Dried Tomato and Parmesan Biscuits; Chicken Schnitzel with Heavenly Mashed Potatoes; Creamy Red Pepper Pasta with Shrimp; Mushroom Gratin with Brie and Herbs.

10/24/18 (Wed) – 6:30 – 9:00pm –Holiday Hors D’oeuvres

Surprise and delight your guests this upcoming holiday season with these delicious hors d’oeuvres: Mini-Crab Cake Canapes with Red Pepper Aioli; Roasted Shallot Tapenade and Gruyere Croutons; Smoked Salmon and Dill Mousse with Cucumber Butter; Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cups; Marinated Spiced Olives.

11/7/18 (Wed) – 6:30 – 9:00pm – New Holiday Side Dishes

Add a new dish or two to enjoy with your favorites at almost any holiday table. Learn to make Zucchini and Tomato Gratin with Basil Parmesan Crust; Crushed Potatoes with Butter, Shallots and Rosemary; Orzo with Gorgonzola Walnut Sauce; Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Goat Cheese and Spinach; Candied Brussel Sprouts and Bacon; Rice Pilaf with Mixed Mushrooms and Herbs.

11/29/18 (Wed) – 6:30 – 9:00pm –Food and Red Wines (Adult) 

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 red wine varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Taste these wines along with three different plates of food encompassing the taste sensations of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. The play of herbs and spices, plus the role of the fifth taste sensation umami will be explored as well.  The recipes are vegetarian but not vegan.



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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