As a family, I have changed our focus to more experience gifts to celebrate holidays and special events. Rather than ask for physical items, we wanted to look at different, out of the normal routine, activities we could do as a family or for date night. We’ve come to appreciate the lasting memories that come with these types of outings. Cooking in the kitchen has always been one of my favorite ways to connect.
Whether you are looking to brush up on your skills in the kitchen, enjoy an evening out with a loved one, or just for fun, consider taking a cooking class or giving one as a gift.
My favorite part, is that I can go and have a low stress/pressure time, try some new recipes that I may not normally make at home, and after you are done- not having to clean up the kitchen afterward!
Cooking classes & lessons available in the Wichita area:
1307 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67206
Cost: $55-$125 per person
Offering a range of recipes such as crepes, Caribbean style, and lobster- choose a class to fit your budget and taste.
This would be a great date night option or a fun adult only outing with friends!
Multiple locations in Wichita
Cost: $33-150 depending on the sessions chosen
With cooking classes for kids and busy adult, the Wichita YMCA is a great option with several convenient locations!
725 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202
Cost:$45 per person
Class includes demonstration, recipe, and tastings. Classes are taught by Chef Natasha Gandhi-Rue
Check back for upcoming classes beginning January 2022
To sign up for classes – please call the restaurant at 316-928-2899 or sign up online.
Virtual/Online via Zoom
From French tarts and macarons to couples’ baking, Williams-Sonoma’s online classes are a fun, low-key option for cooks looking to up their skills while staying in their sweatpants.
309 N Woodlawn Blvd, Derby, KS 67037
Cost: $20-50 per person
“The Kitchen” is located in the Hubbard Art Center near the Derby Recreation Commission building. Offering classes of all levels, from preschool (age 3-6) through adult.
This would be perfect for a fun activity with young children that enjoy cooking. They offer seasonal themed events geared toward their age group.
We received a cooking class certificate for my oldest son as a birthday gift last year and were able to have a special one on one date. The recipe and instructions were simple easy for him to follow and he really enjoyed getting to create sweet treats, and eat them after! We did bring our own aprons from home, but they did provide some to wear during the class.
The Cook’s Nook
219 N Main St, McPherson, KS 67460
Cost: $35 per person
If you are looking for a longer evening out, consider driving out to McPherson KS- about a 1.5 hour drive from Wichita to visit locally owned Cook’s Nook. Offering a broad variety of classes from knife skills to gourmet pizza making, there is a selection for everyone.
While you are there, check out their selection of fresh olive oil and cooking gear for you or your fellow foodie.
1 S. Main St, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Cost $35 per person
Another locally owned option, take drive out to Hutchinson to participate in one of their cooking classes. Take the opportunity while you are there to look at their kitchen ware as well!
**currently no dates listed for 2022 listed on calendar so be sure to check back**
Virtual/At Home Idea:
For a more budget friendly option, find a recipe or virtual cooking lesson via Youtube or a favorite chef (my favorite is Selena + Chef). For a date night in, wait until the kids are in bed and plan to have a later meal that you can cook with your partner without the normal dinner chaos. For a group idea, host a cooking lesson in your home with friends.