Best Michigan Culinary Schools, COOKING CLASSES, Learn To Bake, Fun Date Night Ideas! Pasta, Charcuterie | Virtual Classes, Kids Cooking Events and Girls Night Out!

By: Sherry Trautman | | Last updated: September 28, 2023

Unleash Your Culinary Skills with Michigan Culinary Schools & Classes - Fun experience gifts for foodies! Kids & teens classes. Mixology, baking, cooking, cultural foods, charcuterie, and desserts in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and more!

Give a Michigan experience gift, hone your culinary skills or simply feed your passion!

I absolutely always prefer Michigan experience gifts instead of physical presents.  Perfect for birthdays, date nights, anniversaries, surprise parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, family reunions, girls night out and so much more!! 

Oh, and there are lots of kids cooking classes and teens cooking classes too in several locations across the state including Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Holland, Muskegon, Royal Oak, Fenton, Rochester.  

Mixology classes, baking, cooking, cultural foods, charcuterie and desserts! 

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Adult Cooking Classes Traverse City, Michigan Region Cooking Classes-Northwest Michigan

  • Lady Chef TC - 1610 Barlow Street, Suite #104, Traverse City, MI 49686.What an incredible variety of cooking classes!  New classes are added and available for purchase on the 1st of each month under the TICKETS tab.
  • Oryana Natural Foods Market, Market: 3587 Marketplace Circle Traverse City, MI 49684 and classes are also held at Oryana West: 3587 Marketplace Cir, Traverse City, MI 49684.  Mocktails, seafood, Indian, so many great cooking classes in Traverse City Michigan!

  • Chateau Chantal Cooking Classes - 15900 Rue Devin, Traverse City, MI 49686. Cooking classes are offered January to June.  They are an incredible hands-on experience that lasts approximately four hours. Be sure to bring an apron & your favorite knife!

Lansing, Michigan Culinary Schools and in Person Cooking Classes for Couples

  • Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts - WOW! Hands-on cooking and baking classes. Kids cooking camps, absolutely breathtaking culinary vacations! Seriously, this has been added to my 3 year life goals!  Book a romantic couples cooking class for culinary vacations in Provence, France & Tuscany, Italy - They sell out fast! Don't miss out!

Check out their incredible outdoor cooking patio with wood-fired oven and culinary gardens – everything from herbs to heirloom vegetables nestled on 3 sprawling acres! Located just 20 minutes south of Lansing, Michigan. I think Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts is one of the best Michigan Culinary Schools!

  • Sweet Encounter Bakery and Cafe- Classes! We offer classes for kids, teens, and adults.  Cake decorating, burgers, tea parties, so much fun!  Their classes are best suited for kids 7 years old and up.  Inside Knapp's Building off Washtensaw, 300 S Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933.  Perfect gift for Mom, sisters, friends, date night!

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Fun Cooking Classes Saugatuck, Michigan 

  • Lulu Cadieux in Saugatuck3480 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Classes are a combination of hands-on and demonstration styles. Sweet & Savory Soufflés, Sauces Made Simple, Perfecting Paella and Chicken Cordon Bleu are a few of the class offerings I have seen.  Looks freakin' amazing. 
  • Fenn Valley Vineyards6130 122nd Ave, Fennville, MI 49408. Fired Up! Grilling Class and evening cookouts!

Cooking Classes for Beginners | Muskegon, Michigan - Southwest Michigan

  • Art of Cookery Cooking School - 312 South Division Street, Whitehall, MI 49461. Gain skills while hands-on learning pasta making, fermenting, bread making, home canning, mastering tools like an electric pressure cooker, making jams, pies and much more! So much fun! Explore different cultural foods like Asian, Polish, Moroccan and Mexican. Options range from single dishes to full meals. Many of the classes are also available online, via Zoom.  Give the gift of an experience this year. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, surprise parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, family reunions and so much more!!
  • Culinary Institute of Michigan336 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440 Baker College.  Here at Baker College, culinary students will gain real-world, hands-on experience by running their restaurant,  courses, and on-site pastry and coffee shop, The Sweet Spot. Culinary students study under award-winning chefs and instructors, work with top-of-the-line equipment, and get an education based on programs which have earned accreditation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

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Kalamazoo, Michigan - Marshall Michigan Cooking Classes - Southwest Michigan

  • Henderson Castle100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Searching for a great idea for "Date Night" or a fun night out with friends? Schedule a private class with a group of likeminded food connoisseurs to watch and assist Chef Francois in preparing a Three Course Meal.
  • Pacific Rim Foods - 229 West Kilgore Road, Portage, MI 49002. Take Xin's cooking classes!  Transform the most exotic ingredients into a mouthwatering feast!​ Their classes will be taught on-site at Pacific Rims in their new cooking lab.
  • Cornwell's Turkeyville - 18935 15 1/2 Mile Road, Marshall, MI 49068.
    Kids and adult cooking and baking classes. Discover courses in canning, fermenting, cooking and baking.
  • Crème Baking & Cooking Classes - Homeschool Co-Op for middle school and high school, kids baking classes, and cookie kits for families in Portage, Michigan. 

Date Night Grand Rapids Michigan Cooking Classes and Michigan Culinary Schools - Southwest Michigan

  • Motherland Cooking Xperience - Caledonia. Couples Date Night, Team Building and Private Couples Cooking Xperiences. They also have wonderful community cooking classes in person and also virtually.  Check it out.
  • The Local Epicurean in Grand Rapids- 1440 Wealthy St SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49506.  So guys, you can enroll in fun epicurean classes for both beginners and experienced cooks! Check out their gelato & pasta making classes-serious fun!  Classes are hands-on and offer practical and advanced techniques for making delicious creations while building your culinary abilities. During your class, imported cheese, pesto, baguettes, and infused beverages are served to enhance your culinary experience - what a great girls night out or date night, right?
  • The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College - Serious about becoming a future chef? Get your Culinary Arts, A.A.A.S.!  
  • Downtown Market-Grand Rapids-435 Ionia Ave. SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  Several cooking classes and lifestyle medicine classes are offered. Check their schedule.
  • Longroad Distillery - Grand Rapids - We here they periodically offer cocktail making classes. 

St Joseph Michigan Cooking Classes - Southwest Michigan

  • The Culinary Cottage - Downtown St. Joseph, MI. 301 Main St, St Joseph, MI 49085. Cooking and baking classes, farm to fork, plant based, pasta making, baking, Thai, sushi, so many options!

Ann Arbor Michigan Cooking Classes-Southeast Michigan

  • Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor- BAKE! is Zingerman's hands-on teaching bakery in Ann Arbor, MI. They offer dozens of different bread, pastry, and cake hands-on baking classes and cooking classes both in their teaching kitchens and online for virtual classes. 
  • Sur la Table in Ann Arbor - 3050 Washtenaw Ave #109, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  Sur la Table is a great place for in-store Date Night Michigan cooking classes! If you are looking for top notch cooking classes, we recommend Sur la Table for sure. Date night, baking, kids summer series, kids cooking classes and teens cooking classes!  They also offer online cooking classes. We are planning to take a cooking class for my birthday this year!  What a great gift!
  • Fustini's in Kerrytown - Fustini's School of Cooking - 407 N 5th Ave 2nd Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 offers virtual cooking classes.  These interactive classes are led by experienced chefs in our community and invite you to discover new dishes and techniques right from your home. You can purchase their oils and vinegars in their stores located in Holland, Ann Arbor, Petoskey and Traverse City, Michigan. 
  • Tammy's Tastings in Ann Arbor - at The Last Word 301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Tammy's Tastings offers super fun in-person cocktail classes in the Ann Arbor, MI and Grosse Pointe, MI areas. Classes are interactive and social and are perfect for beginners and experts alike. If you've always wanted to take mixology classes, here is your chance!
  • River Raisin Distillery - 480 W Main St, Manchester, MI 48158. Yep, they are a distillery, but they host charcuterie workshops, art classes, fun events! Worth mentioning!
  • U of M FREE COOKING CLASSES: MHealthy Cooking Classes- Interact virtually with their MHealthy dietitians and chefs! Their classes focus on teaching easy and delicious meals and snacks based on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, low-fat dairy, lean meat and beneficial fats. MHealthy hosts free cooking classes each month. U of M Free Cooking Classes Registration opens a few weeks before the month’s first class date.

Date Night Cooking Classes | Greater Detroit, Michigan & Cooking Classes-Southeast Michigan (Rochester, Troy, Waterford)

  • Chris and I love Sur la Table at the Somerset Mall in Troy. Somerset Collection, 2801 W. Big Beaver Rd, Suite 264, Troy , MI 48084. It's a fantastic date night or winter getaway idea. Their chef-instructors will  teach you how to prepare delicious recipes, hone essential techniques and more. I think Sur la Table is one of the best Michigan Culinary Schools!
  • The Kitchen by Cooking with Que is a collaborative kitchen - learning environment. 6529 Woodward Ave suite a, Detroit, MI 48202. Classes are released on the 7th of every month. All ages are welcome. Charcuterie boards, pasta, meal prepping, cakes, surf and turf, so many cooking options! Awesome cooking classes in Detroit!
  • Tammy's Tastings - The War Memorial at 32 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 - offers super fun in-person cocktail classes in Grosse Pointe, MI (and Ann Arbor). Classes are interactive and social and are perfect for beginners and experts alike. If you've always wanted to take mixology classes, here is your chance!
  • My New Favorite Thing - 4755 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329. Kids cooking and baking classes.  I've seen adult Easter cookie classes and ravioli making classes too! How fun is that!! My New Favorite Thing also offers a wide variety of craft classes too. I love that the classes are just one day so I can drive from out of town. 
  • Rata2ee, 118 W. 3rd Street, Rochester, MI 48307 - (their name is so creative!) Rata2ee offers incredible cooking classes for children and adults that focus on hands-on instruction of cooking techniques, including where food comes from, how it's grown, and how to create a balanced meal.  Learn Knife Basics (cutting skills), Cooking Fundamentals, Nutrition (reading labels), Food Science, Kitchen Safety/Proper Food Handling, Menu Planning and Food Presentation.  
  • Mirepoix Cooking School - Located above Holiday Market in Royal Oak-1203 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Explore Mirepoix’s in-person cooking classes and events including date night classes! Taste of India, sushi, French, Greek and Italian nights are just a small taste of their fantastic cooking classes!  They also offer virtual events!  I think Mirepoix is one of the best Michigan Culinary Schools!
  • Lei Ting's Blue Pearl - 525 N. Main Street, Suite 150 - Milford, MI. 48381, Sushi, Thai, Noodles cooking classes! All Classes are instructed at the restaurant.
  • Whole Hearted Winey in New Hudson - 56808 Grand River Ave building a, New Hudson, MI 48165. Charcuteries and various other fun events happen at the Whole Hearted Winey in the Detroit region!
  • Le Detroit Macaron - Macaron Technique Classes!  Ever wondered not only what Macarons are, but how to make them?  Here's your chance! 
  • Homestead Kitchen 8036 N Wayne Rd, Westland, MI 48185 Learn to make cookies, cakes, enjoy Mother's Day Teas!
  • Andiamos Restaurant - Warren, Bloomfield, Fenton, Livonia, Riverfront. Wine dinners, 5 course pairing, educational tasting series. Chris and I have enjoyed incredible meals and service at the Riverfront restaurant.

Fenton-Holly Michigan Cooking Classes-Southeast Michigan

  • Feast Gourmet Kitchen Shop | Cooking Classes - 495 Fenway Dr #3, Fenton, MI 48430. Hands-on and demonstration style cooking classes.  Private and community classes.  Fenton has a variety of cooking classes including, tacos, sushi, Greek, feasts and so so so much more! 
  • Crust104 W. Caroline at River St. • Fenton. Check their website for a variety of baking classes.

Frankenmuth Michigan Cooking Classes-Eastern Michigan

  • Zehnder's Pretzel baking classes! 730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. So fun, my friend and I had a blast!
  • Zehnder's also offers cookie decorating and easter eggs.
  • Frankenmuth Farmers Market -Shopping the Market is the perfect place to learn and explore with such a variety of growers, makers, and artisans all sharing their passions for what they produce.  Often these experts host classes at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market.

Marquette Michigan Cooking Classes - Upper Peninsula

  • Marquette Food Co-Op, 502 W. Washington Street, Marquette, MI. Check their calendar!

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