Prairie Kitchen Store
Beginner Knife Skills | Tuesday, June 21, 6-8PM
Beginner Knife Skills | Tuesday, June 21, 6-8PM
Learn how to properly hold a knife, chop, dice, mince, slice, and select the best knife for each task. Discover the anatomy of a knife's construction, and learn about popular misconceptions and how to avoid them. Knife care and an introduction to sharpening & honing will also be covered in this beginner-level class.
A hearty grazing board will be provided for each student to snack on, featuring fruit, nuts, olives, artisan cheese, small batch crafted salami, Himalayan salt crackers, and wheat crackers. This class is appropriate for ages 18+; or 16+ with accompanying adult aged 18+ also with seat purchase. Knives and cutting boards will be provided for attendees for the duration of the class.
Class Type: Hands-On with hearty grazing board
Date & Time: Tuesday, June 21, 6-8PM
Seating Available: 8 counter seats
All food and drink is prepared and served in a kitchen that contains animal products, gluten, nuts, and other potential allergens. Items on class menus can not be made-to-order, so substitutions are not available.
About the instructor
You will be guided in your knife skills journey by local chef Alex Jewell, Chef De Cuisine at Graze Restaurant in Iowa City. Alex has a culinary arts degree from Bellingham Technical College in the state of Washington, where he worked as sous chef at popular farm-to-table restaurant Saltine.
Cooking Class FAQ's
How much do they cost?
Our cooking classes and demonstrations range in price from around $35 to $90 per person, depending on the class, and what is included. Many classes feature a full meal's worth of food, plus extras, and some classes may include food or product to take home.
How many people will be attending?
Our classes and demonstrations roughly seat between 6 to 12 students, depending on the class. There is counter seating for in-close viewing, and cocktail tables for two available for separate ticket purchase, a little farther away from the action.
Ticket purchases are made here, through our website, on a first-come-first-serve basis, with the attendee(s) being able to specify whether they want to sit at the counter or at a couples table. We will make a seating chart for the class based on attendee's preferences.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer a variety of classes and demonstrations, including recipe walkthroughs, technique demonstrations, beer & wine tastings, etc.
Most of our classes are "demonstrations," in that the attendees, for the most part, are not actively participating in the cooking, but instead watching, learning, and participating in the eating (the best part). That being said, some classes feature more active participation (knife skills classes, for example).
Who teaches the classes?
Our instructors feature local chefs and culinary experts from around the area, as well as local amateur cooks who have recipes to share. If you are interested or know somebody who might be interested in teaching a cooking class/demonstration, shoot us an email.
When are your classes held?
Most of our classes are held in the evening, after the store closes, around 6 p.m. Weekday and weekend classes are both available. They are all in the roughly 1-2 hour range in length.
How often are the classes?
We plan for roughly one class or demonstration every week. We will take a break during the months of December and early January, when we are busy with holiday shopping and unable to hold classes.
Do I need to bring anything the night-of?
You don't need to bring anything other than a smile. As most of our classes begin after the store closes, just knock at the store's front door if it's locked, and we'll get you checked in. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the class begins. You are free to shop around the store while you wait.
When is the class schedule posted?
Class schedules for the next month are posted on the 15th of each month prior.
What about kids?
We have a minimum age restriction of 14+ required for class registration; for some classes it may be higher, or an adult (aged 18+) may need to be in accompanying attendance.
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, we ask that you do not bring infants or children to the class. All attendees must have a paid seat.
What about a private event?
We do plan to eventually offer options for customers to make reservations for private events/dinners like birthday parties or other celebrations and get-togethers. We will make an announcement when we launch this service.
How does cancellation work?
Due to planning, prep costs, and food purchases made in advance of the class, cooking classes are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another guest of your choice.
If Prairie Kitchen Store cancels a class, you will receive a full refund and be notified as soon as possible.
Event Photography Notice
There will be event photography during our classes that may be used for promotional purposes. Please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed.