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Learn to Cook with Chef Joel Olson!

Chef Joel offers great cooking classes and workshops for kids and teens  in Madison, WI.

Class sizes are limited.

Register now!

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

Children of all levels of ability, interest, and experience are welcome in Chef Joel’s cooking classes.  They will learn to cook and develop their love of food and fellowship through fun, hands-on classes and workshops that focus on developing cooking skills that will last a lifetime.

Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-12, but older children/teens are welcome in many classes and camps.  Younger children (ages 6-8) are welcome in Chef Joel’s Parent-Child Classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

Chef Joel has considerable experience working with persons with physical and developmental disabilities.  He feels strongly that all individuals, regardless of ability levels, can successfully participate in culinary classes and he works hard with all students to ensure that they fully participate in each class.

Chef Joel may offer classes on days when Madison (MMSD) schools are off or have early release so your children can learn useful skills while having fun.  Please note the Location for each class.

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UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES

11/29 (Wed) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Sushi

Sushi is fun for kids to make, and it’s not just raw fish; it’s a way of preparing food.  In this class, kids will learn to prepare dashi (seaweed stock) for Miso Soup, along with learning sushi techniques and ingredients.  Kids will prepare Shari rice and learn how to roll sushi to make several kinds of rolls.  On the menu:  Miso Soup with Shrimp and Peas; California Rolls, Wisconsin Rolls; Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Inside-Out Rolls.  (In this class, no raw fish will be used.)  Kids will also prepare Sesame cookies for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

12/13 (Wed) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Holiday Cookies

Kids will make, bake and decorate rollout sugar cookies galore with fun Holiday sprinkles and other decorations, to take home and share (or not!) with family and friends.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

12/16 (Sat) – 9:30–11:30am – Parent-Child Holiday Treats

Share a Saturday morning learning to make delicious holiday treats with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or a special friend!  Adult-child pairs will prepare all of the following recipes and will have plenty to take home to share (or not!):  Baby Bûche de Noël with Chocolate Ganache;  Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies;  Milk Chocolate Almond Bark;  Holiday Mint Balls;  Caramel Corn; and Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels with Holiday Sprinkles.  Class Cost: $75 per parent-child pair; each additional child is $35.

12/16 (Sat) – 12:30–3:30pm – Kids Holiday Treats

Kids will learn to make these classic and delicious Holiday Treats and will get to take some of each home to share (or not!):  Baby Bûche de Noël with Chocolate Ganache;  Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies;  Milk Chocolate Almond Bark;  Holiday Mint Balls;  Caramel Corn; and Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels with Holiday Sprinkles.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

12/27 & 28 (Wed-Thu) – 10am-1pm – Kids French Techniques Mini-Camp

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $100.

Give the kids and yourself a break this Holiday Break!  Kids will learn a myriad of classic French culinary Techniques as they prepare a meal to enjoy each day in this two-day Holiday edition of French Techniques Mini-Camp.

Day One:  Soupe a L’ail (French Garlic Soup); Petits Pains (French Bread Rolls); Provencal Chicken Stew; Pommes Boulangère (Scalloped Potatoes with Onions); Ratatouille; and Apple Clafouti.

Day Two:  Salade Américaine (Potato, Egg and Tomato); Pain de Campagne (French Country Loaf);

Cassoulet (Pork and Bean Stew); Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache and Crème Chantilly.

1/13 (Sat) – 9:30am–Noon – Ramen Noodles Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

No packets of skinny noodles and pouches of MSG in this class!  Kids will learn to make noodle dough from scratch, then roll, stretch and cut the dough into fresh noodles to be boiled and enjoyed with a variety of classic ramen ingredients. Participants will also learn to make the traditional wonderful slow-cooked broth, luscious roast pork and eggs cooked to perfection to complete a delicious bowl of ramen noodles.

1/13 (Sat) – 1:00–4:00pm – Kids Cooking, Manners and Etiquette Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

Tired of watching (and listening to) poor eating habits?  Tired of trying to correct your kids’ dining behavior unsuccessfully?  Sign up now for this highly popular and effective etiquette course and let Chef Joel teach them the how’s and why’s of good etiquette.  Kids will help to prepare a three-course meal, including a bread and butter plate, while discussing the concepts and rules of manners and etiquette. Then they learn how to properly serve food, and will get to sit and enjoy the rewards of their labors while their dining etiquette is critiqued by Chef Joel in a fun and productive manner.  On the menu:  Fresh Bread with Butter; Classic Vegetable Soup with Fried Mozzarella Toasts; Mixed Greens Salad with Classic Vinaigrette; Chicken and Pasta with Tomato Basil Cream; Caramel Mousse with Apples and Scandinavian Sugar Cookies.  A Handout will be provided including the recipes used and Manners and Etiquette 101: The Rules:  Respect and Common Courtesy, Guest and Host Etiquette, plus Manners and Etiquette 102:  Introductions, Table Settings, Restaurant Etiquette and Behavior.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

 

1/15 (Mon) – 1:00–4:00pm – Kids Winter Baking Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

If your child loves to bake, they will love this class!  Kids will practice basic baking techniques–measuring, stirring, kneading, proofing and working with yeast.  Then they will bake a variety of tasty treats to enjoy and they’ll get to take some home with them as well!  On the menu: Classic Crescent Rolls; Caramel Pecan Rolls; Black Olive Tapenade Rolls; Honey-Glazed Cornmeal Scones; Scallion Flatbread; and Parmesan Bread Twists.

 

1/23 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Knife Skills Class

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $40.

Empower your child to help with the cooking by learning real knife skills/techniques that will stay with them for as long as they cook!  Children are great at chopping, dicing and mincing when they learn the proper techniques and safety guidelines.  Kids will practice cutting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and bread.  They will learn special techniques for cutting onions, carrots, peppers and other vegetables, as well as learning how to paste garlic, mince parsley, and make chiffonade of lettuce.  Sign them up now for this intense hands-on life skills lesson with Chef Joel!  A light meal will be served during class.

 

1/27 (Sat) – 9:30–11:30am – Parent-Child Pasta

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $75 per parent-child pair (each additional child is $35).

What a great way to spend a cold winter Saturday morning with your child, grandchild or special friend.  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 cheese raviolis as well as Angel Hair and Fettuccine Pastas.  Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.

 

1/27 (Sat) – 12:30–3:30pm – Kids International Breads Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

If your child loves baking and especially bread-making, this class is for them!  Kids will practice basic baking techniques–measuring, stirring, kneading, proofing and working with yeast.  Then they will prepare a variety of tasty breads to enjoy and they’ll get to take some home with them as well!  On the menu:  Brazilian Cheese Bread; Indian Naan Flatbread; Norwegian Flatbrod; Persian Barbari Bread; and Savory Italian Zeppole

 

2/12 (Mon) – 2:30-5:00pm – Kids Valentines Treats

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

Kids will make, bake, decorate and get to take home a variety of tasty of treats from scratch to share (or not!) with special friends or family.  They will mix and roll out the dough, then cut the cookies to be baked and cooled before decorating with Vanilla Icing and Valentine Sprinkles.  Kids will then mix, shape and form a tasty assortment of Valentine candy treats.  On the menu: Valentine Cut-out Sugar Cookies with Colorful Vanilla Icings and Decorations; Chocolate Bonbons; Raspberry Butter Mints; Red Hot Cinnamon Bark; and Coconut Candy.

 

2/20 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Pocket Pies Class

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45

Learn how to make great fun food to eat with your hands!  Pocket pies were the original “bag lunches,” without the bag! – a whole meal you could put in your pocket and take out and eat when you were hungry.  Kids will help to prepare then enjoy the following variety of sweet and savory pies: Salted Caramel Apple Pocket Pies; Honeyed Peach Pocket Pies; Savory Chicken and Vegetable Pocket Pies; and Sausage, Apple and Cheddar Pocket Pies.

 

2/24 (Sat) – 9:30am–Noon – Kids “Breakfast All-Day” Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

Kids will learn not only how to fend for themselves in the morning, but also how to make great breakfasts (or other meals) for the whole family.  They’ll learn the basics of egg preparation and many techniques for preparing delicious meals to eat any time.  On the menu: Individual Cheese Omelets; Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs; Sunny Side Up Baked Eggs with Caramelized Onions and Bacon; Crispy French Toast with Maple Butter; Simply the Best Banana Bread Ever; and Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake Muffins.

 

2/24 (Sat) – 1:00–4:00pm – Kids French Baking Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

In this workshop, kids will learn the basics of these classic French doughs– Pâte à Choux, two different tart doughs and French Bread dough–as well as other culinary skills such as learning how long it takes to properly caramelize onions.  Some of each batch will be sent home with each participant to show off their newly found or honed skills!  On the menu: Gougères (Cheesy Poofs); Pissaladierre with Pâte Brisée (French Onion Tart with Classic Flakey Pastry); Ficelles (Mini- Baguettes); Chocolate and Raspberry Tart with Pâte Sablée (Sweet Tart Dough).

 

3/5 (Mon) – 2:30-4:30pm – Kids Cake Baking and Decorating Class

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

Kids love to decorate cakes and this class will allow them to showcase their creativity, as well as learning baking skills.  They will make a classic Roulade from scratch as well as butter cream frosting.  Each child will then assemble and decorate their cake to take home with them.  Basic cake making skills (egg separating, batter folding, and preparing pans for baking) will be covered.  A variety of fun decorations will be provided.

 

3/17 (Sat) – 9:30–11:30am – Parent-Child Donuts

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $75 per parent-child pair (each additional child is $35).

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning–making (and eating) Donuts with a special child!  You will be making Yeast Donuts as well as tasting Cake Donuts.  Pairs will prepare the yeast dough, then fry donuts to take with and share (or not!).  Cinnamon Sugar Donuts and Just Plain Good Donuts are on the menu.

 

3/17 (Sat) – 12:30–3:00pm – Kids St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

Whether you’re Irish all-year round or just one day, this is a great way for kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  They’ll prepare a delicious Irish meal to be enjoyed during class.  On the menu:  Irish Soda Crackers with Creamy Irish Potato Soup; Gaelic Chicken (Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream) and Colcannon; and traditional Irish Shortbread.

 

3/27 & 28 (Tues-Wed) – 10am-1pm – Kids International Foods Mini-Camp (Indian & Thai)

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $100.

Give the kids and yourself a break this Spring Break!  This mini-camp offers a great way for kids to learn new, really useful skills and also enjoy great meals that incorporate new flavors and foods.  Kids will learn a myriad of Culinary Techniques as they prepare delicious meals in this two day Spring Break edition of International Foods Mini-Camp.

Class One:  Indian: Potato and Pea Samosas with Cool Yogurt Dip; Chicken Tikka Masala; Chickpea Vindaloo; Tandoori Roti; and Kheer (Rice Pudding with Cardamom and Rosewater).

Class Two:  Thai: Thai Sesame Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Cups; Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp; Thai Noodles with Flavorful Peanut Sauce; and Thai Fried Bananas.

 

4/10 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Dumpling Feast

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45

Kids will work with different wrappers, dough and fillings to make a sumptuous Asian-inspired Dumpling Feast!  On the menu:  Pan-Fried Leek Buns (Shui Jian Bao); Homemade Vegetable Wonton Soup; Chinese Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi); and Sugar Glazed Strawberry Wontons.

 

4/24 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Pasta Class

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45

Make Tuesday night Pasta Night!  Kids will learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and then rolling it out using a pasta machine.  Fresh pasta sheets will then be used to make cheese raviolis as well as Angel Hair and Fettuccine Pastas.  Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.

 

4/28 (Sat) – 9:30–11:30am – Parent-Child Tarts

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $75 per parent-child pair (each additional child is $35).

Learn to make a variety of delicious sweet and savory tarts with your child, grandchild or special friend on this early spring Saturday morning!  Participants will work with Phyllo Dough, Puff Pastry, as well as Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough to make the following tarts: Phyllo Leek and Cream Tarts; Caramelized Onion Tart with Parmesan; and Lemon Tart with Blueberry Sauce.

 

 

4/28 (Sat) – 12:30–3:30pm – Kids Tarts Workshop

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

Kids will learn to make a variety of delicious sweet and savory tarts and have a chance to work with Phyllo Dough, Puff Pastry, as well as Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough.  They will get to sample them in class plus take home some of each.  On the menu:  Phyllo Leek and Cream Tarts; Caramelized Onion Tart with Parmesan; and Lemon Tart with Strawberry Sauce.

5/12 (Sat) – 9:30am–12:30pm – Great British Baking for Kids

Kids will learn to bake some classic British favorites.  More info coming soon![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding=”0″][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” style=”double” accent_color=”#6623db”][vc_column_text]CLASS PARTICIPANTS:

Kids’ classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-12.  If you have any questions about which classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

CLASS REGISTRATION:  

Register by emailing Chef Joel at: hemmachef@gmail.com 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 P.O. Box 5643, Madison, WI  53705-5643.

CLASS COSTS:  

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

CLASS LOCATION:

Classes are held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

CHEF JOEL OLSON:

For more information about Chef Joel click here or email: hemmachef@gmail.com

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