UPCOMING ADULT COOKING CLASSES IN MADISON WITH CHEF JOEL

NEW Smoky’s Steakhouse Series classes

Exciting new classes at Smoky’s Club, 3005 University Ave, Madison.  Email Hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

  • 11/3/19 (Sun) – 6-9pm – Bourbon, Beef and Bacon
  • 12/8 (Sun) – 6-9pm –Holiday Wine Dinner 

CLASS INFORMATION:

Chef Joel offers classes for adults at several different locations in Madison.  Venues are listed below. 
Please review registration information for each class carefully.

Participants for adult classes must be 18 years old.
(For classes where alcohol is served, participants may be required to be 21+.  Please see registration requirements for each venue.)

Class Descriptions for many adult classes may be found on the websites for class venues–please click on the links for full menus and other information. 

UPCOMING ADULT CLASSES:

10/30 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Cooking with Wine

Location:  vomFASS’s DelecTable

11/3 (Sun) — 2-4:15pm – 30 Minute Meals

Location: Orange Tree Imports

11/3 (Sun) – 6-9pm – Bourbon, Beef and Bacon

Location: Smoky’s Club

11/5 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Food and Red Wine: Tastes of Autumn

Location: Wheelhouse Studios/UW’s Memorial Union

11/6 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – From the Sea

Location:  vomFASS’s DelecTable  (Only a few spots left!)

11/11 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Ravioli

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

11/13 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Cuban Fajitas and Mojitos

Location:  vomFASS’s DelecTable

11/18 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Japanese: Sushi, Soba and Sweets

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

11/25 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Knife Skills

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

12/3 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Holiday Chocolate Class

Location:  Wheelhouse Studios/UW’s Memorial Union

12/4 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Dazzling Holiday Sides

Location:  vomFASS’s DelecTable

12/6 (Fri) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Holiday Scones Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

12/8 (Sun) – 6-9pm –Holiday Wine Dinner

Location: Smoky’s Club  (NEW!)

12/9 (Mon) — 6-8:30pm – Adult Holiday Gifts from Your Wisconsin Kitchen

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $75.

12/10 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Entertaining with Style: Party Food

Location:  vomFASS’s DelecTable

MORE INFORMATION about ADULT COOKING CLASSES with CHEF JOEL

Chef Joel helps Good Cooks become Great!

Cooking classes are a great way to enhance your culinary skills, add great new recipes to your repertoire, and try new ingredients that you may not be familiar with — all in a fun, social, encouraging environment.  Whether you are a beginner who needs to learn how to make more than cereal for dinner or an experienced cook who wants to learn some new skills, ingredients or cuisines, Chef Joel has great culinary classes for you.

Chef Joel loves to inspire people to cook more, especially with great local Wisconsin ingredients.  He is a proud Wisconsin native and enjoys incorporating local meats, cheeses and beverages (and more) in his recipes.  He has worked in almost every professional cheffing venue but most enjoys sharing his love of food and cooking through teaching culinary skills.  He approaches teaching as entertainment and uses his sense of humor and passion for cooking to inspire and actively involve all of his students.  He is skilled at working with individuals of all levels of ability, interest, and experience — in both large and small groups.  He feels strongly that all individuals can successfully participate in culinary classes and works hard with all participants to ensure that they fully participate in each class.  If you (or anyone in your party) have special needs, please let us know ahead of time so that Chef Joel can make sure to accommodate them.

Class sizes are limited.

Email now to reserve a spot:  hemmachef@gmail.com

PRIVATE CULINARY EVENTS –

For information on private special culinary events for any occasion, contact Chef Joel at hemmachef@gmail.com.

VENUES / LOCATIONS –

vomFASS’s DelecTable3248 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705
Class List Here

University of Wisconsin’s Wheelhouse Studios
Class Location: Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Class List Here

Orange Tree Imports1721 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711
Class List Here

Smoky’s Club3005 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705
Smoky’s Website

State Line Distillery1413 Northern Ct, Madison, WI 53703
State Line Website

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

Class are held in the kitchen, which is in the basement.  Please enter the building from the north side entrance (from Spruce Street), by the playground.  There will be a sign on the door for cooking classes.

There should plenty of street parking available.  There is also a small parking lot behind the building, accessible from Hickory Street.

DRESS CODE –

Participants should wear close-toed shoes.
Long Hair should be pulled back or put in a ponytail.
Hemmachef will provide aprons and towels to use during the class.

EQUIPMENT –

All equipment, foods, and materials necessary to complete the recipes are provided by Chef Joel.

CONSIDERATIONS –

Please inform Chef Joel of any of the following:

  •         Food allergies or restrictions, such as lactose-intolerance or celiac disease
  •         Special Physical Needs
  •         Special Educational Needs

CLASS PHILOSOPHY –

Participants are expected to behave with civility and respect for the Chef, the other participants, the equipment, and the food.

PHOTOGRAPHS –

Chef Joel or other Hemmachef representatives may take photographs during class for use in marketing and promotional materials.  No names or other personal information will be included in these photographs.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY –

Please inform Chef Joel as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend.  Your full class payment will be refunded up to 5 business days prior to the date of the class.  If you cancel after this time you will not receive a refund. You may have someone attend in your place, however.

If Chef Joel must cancel for any reason, every effort will be made to reschedule the class, and if you cannot attend at the new time, you will receive a full refund.

INCLEMENT WEATHER –

Hemmachef classes will conducted unless City of Madison buses are not running due to inclement weather.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS  –

UPCOMING HEMMACHEF ADULT CLASSES:

Email  Hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

11/3 (Sun) – 6-9pm – Bourbon, Beef and Bacon

This cooking class offers an amazing chance to “go behind the scenes” at Smoky’s, learn some great culinary skills, and enjoy an incredible meal that you helped to prepare under the guidance of nationally-known culinary instructor/professional chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.   Every dish on this sophisticated Steakhouse-inspired 4-course Menu Is made better with bourbon!  Come prepared to participate and enjoy a great meal.  Once you’re ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, you will get to sip Bourbon from Woodford Reserve Distillery, who sponsoring this fabulous class!  You will also get to take home a treat from Woodford Reserve Distillery.  Location: Smoky’s Club.  Class Cost: $95 per person.
Amuse-Bouche:  Bacon Tomato Crostini – Applewood-smoked bacon, tomato concassé and Parmesan curls on lightly toasted sourdough French bread
First Course:  Caramelized Onion, Shiitake Mushroom and Bourbon Bisque with a Garnish of Crispy Prosciutto and Baby Swiss Brulee – An incredible twist on the classic French Onion Soup
Main Course:  Open-faced Beef Tenderloin and Bacon Napoleons with Bourbon Demi-glace; Bacon- Studded Sweet and Russet Potatoes; and Bourbon-Glazed Carrots – Thinly sliced beef tenderloin and maple-glazed bacon layered with golden puff pastry and sauced with a rich velvety butter bourbon reduction; sweet and russet potatoes mashed with plenty of Wisconsin butter and cream and homemade peppered bacon bits; and tender carrots glazed with bourbon and honey.
Dessert:  Apple-Cheddar Dumplings with Brown Sugar Bourbon Sauce – Warm apple, cheddar and cream cheese-filled sugared dumplings with buttery brown sugar and bourbon sauce.

11/11 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Ravioli

Learn the techniques of making fresh Egg Pasta, Spinach Pasta and Tomato Pasta doughs. Then roll the dough out using a pasta machine to make fresh pasta sheets which will be used to make these delicious ravioli: Three Cheese Ravioli; Spinach and Feta Raviolis; and Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter.  Fresh homemade Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

11/18 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Japanese: Sushi, Soba and Sweets

In this hands-on cooking class participants will learn to make several Japanese favorites, including the shari rice essential for rolling sushi rolls.  On the menu:  Sushi: California Rolls, Shiitake Mushroom Rolls and Wisconsin Rolls;  Soba: Pork Tonkatsu with Soba Noodles and Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce (Japanese breaded pork cutlets);  Sweets: Dora Yaki (Sweet Pancakes with Sweet Bean Paste) and Mint Sake Granitas.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

11/25 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Knife Skills

Take this very popular and informative class to learn and practice safe knife skills/ techniques that help take the chore out of cooking.  Techniques include: boning a chicken; trimming meat; dicing onions, carrots and other vegetables; pasting garlic; and peeling and cutting fruit and making chiffonades of leafy herbs and greens. Knife selection, sharpening and care will also be covered.  Bring your own knives or use ours. A light meal will be served at the end of class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

12/6 (Fri) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Holiday Scones Workshop

Learn the basics of scones while making and baking a variety of scones that you get to take home with you.  Scones make delicious holiday gifts!  Participants can make up to five batches of wonderfully delicate scones, and the ingredients for all of the following flavors will be available.  Make these options or feel free to improvise!  On the menu: Basic Buttermilk Scones with these flavor options (or any variations you choose): Lemon Cranberry Scones with Lemon Glaze; Oat Nut Scones with Maple Glaze; Cinnamon Spice and Raisin Scones; Ham and Cheddar Scones; Garlic, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Scones; and Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Scones.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

12/8 (Sun) – 6-9pm — Holiday Wine Dinner  NEW!

This festive holiday cooking class offers an amazing chance to “go behind the scenes” at Smoky’s, learn some great culinary skills, and enjoy an incredible 4-course meal that you helped to prepare under the guidance of nationally-known culinary instructor/professional chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.   This wonderful celebratory menu offers wines to taste with every course.  Location: Smoky’s Club.  Class Cost: $95 per person.
Amuse-Bouche: Foie Gras Crostini with Buttered Apples and Caramel Port  (Dry Riesling Pairing)
Pan-seared foie gras, warm crisp apple drizzled with a luxurious caramel port sauce on lightly toasted sourdough French bread.
First Course: Roasted Chestnut Soup with Mushrooms and Crispy Pork Belly  (Chardonnay and Pinot Pairing)
Velvety roasted chestnut soup garnished with sautéed mixed mushrooms and caramelized pork belly lardons.  You can decide which wine works best for your palate!
Main Course: Olive Oil Poached Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Red Wine Sauce; Angel Hair Pasta with Truffled Lobster Butter; and Steakhouse Vegetables  (Zinfandel Pairing)
Tender beef steaks gently poached in olive oil, then seared and served with a classic French-style red wine reduction sauce; angel hair pasta, tossed with lobster-studded butter and truffle oil; and sautéed carrots, red peppers and beans with Herbs de Provence.
Dessert: Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tartlets with Espresso Crème Chantilly  (Cognac Pairing)
Phyllo cups filled with wonderfully rich dark chocolate ganache, topped with warm caramel sauce with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and a dollop of espresso whipped cream.

12/9 (Mon) — 6-8:30pm – Adult Holiday Gifts from Your Wisconsin Kitchen

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; Fruit Butters, including Pear Butter; Jams and Jellies, including Herbed Chardonnay Jelly; Ketchups, Mustards and Marmalades, including Tomato Orange Marmalade; Pickles, including Pickled Roasted Peppers; Quick Breads, including WI Cheddar Crackers and Cream Biscuits; Yeast Breads, including Fresh Buttery Breadsticks and Pecan Caramel Rolls; Spice Rubs, Blends and Marinades, including Chili Powder, Yellow Curry Powder, Taco Seasoning and Fajita Seasoning; and Liqueurs, including WI Cranberry Cordial. Location: St. Mark’s. Class Cost: $75.

UPCOMING ADULT CLASSES AT OTHER VENUES:

10/2 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Tacos and Tequila(at vomFASS’s DelecTable)

Start celebrating National Taco Day (10/4) early with this mouthwatering all-new Fall-inspired Taco Menu: Maple Glazed Butternut Squash Tacos with Bacon and Brie; Grilled Chili-Rubbed Pork Tacos with Crisp Apple Salsa; Double-Shell Tacos with Refried Beans, Tomatillo Chicken and Aged Wisconsin Cheddar; Baha Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Lime Sauce; and Apple Pie Tacos with Cinnamon Crème Chantilly. A Poloma Cocktail will be served with the food.  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are also available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

10/8 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Pasta Workshop (@Wheelhouse Studios/UW’s Memorial Union)

Learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and rolling it out using a pasta machine. Fresh pasta sheets will then be used to make hand-shaped Farfalle, Garganelli and Maltagliati pasta. Classic Cannelloni, Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class.

10/9 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Fall Sauces Class(at vomFASS’s DelecTable) Class Cost: $69.

Learn how to prepare delicious classic French sauces, as well as contemporary variations and modern interpretations that can make any dish dazzle! We’ll start with the fundamentals of making stock and go from there. On the Menu: Chicken & Vegetable Stocks, and all of the following Sauces: Béchamel; Velouté; Reduction; Pan Sauce; Beurre Blanc; Gastrique; Tomato; Compound Butter; Coulis. What foods each sauce enhances best will be discussed and sauces will be tasted with Roasted Vegetables and Warmed Fresh Bread.  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are also available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

10/30 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Cooking with Wine – (at vomFASS’s DelecTable) Class Cost: $69.

Cooking with wine can add depth and sophistication to your dishes. In this class we’ll create Marseilles-Style Fish Soup with Tomatoes and White Wine; Sautéed Medallions of Pork with Red Wine Mushroom Reduction; Heavenly Mashed Potatoes; Haricot Verts with Crispy Prosciutto; and Champagne Poached Pears with Crème Chantilly and Sugar Crisps. A tasting of one white wine and one red wine is included with the food.  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are also available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

11/3 (Sun) — 2-4:15pm – 30 Minute Meals (at Orange Tree Imports)

Liven up your fall and winter menus with these quick week-night meals. Enjoy:  Sauteed Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Sauce and Wisconsin Cheddar Grits; Sage Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with: Balsamic Gastrique; Potato and Apple Mash; Blanched Veggies, and Pumpkin Cookies.

11/5 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Food and Red Wine: Tastes of Autumn (@Wheelhouse Studios/UW’s Memorial Union)

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.

11/6 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm –  From the Sea – (at vomFASS’s DelecTable)

Enjoy an evening learning how to prepare delicious seafood dishes: Grilled Cajun Shrimp Kebabs; Crab and Corn Soufflé with Fresh Herb Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette; Monkfish Meatballs with Linguini and Fresh Tomato Sauce; and for dessert, Apple and Cranberry “Foster.”  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

11/13 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm –  Cuban Fajitas and Mojitos  (at vomFASS’s DelecTable)

Get your Mojo on and enjoy an evening helping to prepare a Cuban meal that’s delicioso! On the menu: Three kids of Fajitas–Chili and Lime Marinated Chicken, Lemon and Orange-Glazed Shrimp, and Caramelized Portobello Mushroom)–along with classic Charred Peppers and Onions and these accompaniments: Refried Black Beans, Rum Cream, and Soft Flour Tortillas. Cuban-style Yellow Rice and Torticas de Moron (Cuban Sugar Cookies) round out the meal. A Mojito cocktail will be included with the meal.  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are also available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

12/3 (Tues) – 6:00-8:30pm – Holiday Chocolate Class (@Wheelhouse Studios/UW’s Memorial Union)

Learn the basics of the process involved in making chocolate from bean (actually seed!) to bar. Understand and taste the differences between dark, milk and white chocolate. Learn several methods of tempering chocolate, how to store chocolate and all about chocolate bloom. We will make milk chocolate from scratch; prepare Crème Anglaise Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Tuiles and also Sour Cherry Drops with Tempered Chocolate.

12/4 (Wed) – 6:00-8:30pm – Dazzling Holiday Sides (at vomFASS’s DelecTable)

Add any one of these sure-to-please recipes to your traditional holiday menu: Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto; Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Goat Cheese and Spinach; Candied Brussels Sprouts and Bacon; Stovetop Glazed Carrots; or Loaded Green Bean Casserole. These dishes will steal the show and might even become the Main Attractions!  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!

12/10 (Tuesday) – 6:00-8:30pm – Entertaining with Style: Party Food (at vomFASS’s DelecTable)

Delight your party guests with delicious and unusual food! They’ll know they are special when you present Cool Herbed Lamb Meatballs with Lemon Rosemary Yogurt Sauce; Caponata and Parmesan Crostini; Thai Chicken Sausage Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce; and Chicken Liver Pate with Cornichons and Fresh Buttery Breadsticks.  Wine, beer, and craft cocktails from our own bar are available for purchase. Come early for cocktails (5:30) — class begins at 6:00!