Special Events and Classes


You may register at the store, fax or call in your registration. Mail-in registrations will be taken by postmark date. Be sure to list your name, phone number, class choice(s) including time, date of class, and send us a check or your Visa or Master Card number and expiration date. 3-digit code on the back of the card, as well as the address your statement is sent to. You may call 338-4339, fax to 685-0596 or register in person at 2807 Oak Street. Gift Certificates must be presented at time of registering or mailed in with registration. Cancellations must be made in person at the store or via phone ONLY. Please do not email, fax or leave voicemail for cancellations as they will not be accepted. Cancellations must be received seven days prior to class date. You are always welcome to send someone in your place.

Not our favorite part, but we feel you should know the policies regarding cancellations. We understand that life happens, and you may find yourself in a pickle and need to cancel, so here’s the deal: We do not issue refunds for cancellations, but if you are nice and follow the rules, we will offer store credit.

The rules: No cancellations on “guest chefs”…..if you cannot attend, send a substitute. General Class cancellation: 7 working days prior to the class. Please, no exceptions. You are always welcome to send someone in your place and if you are unable to do so, class recipes and menus will be made available for you.

Classes begin at the designated hour. Your promptness will be appreciated by the
instructors and your fellow students. We strive to be on time at the beginning of
each class, so we can end our classes on time for baby-sitters and other commitments.


October 8 Super Easy Whole Grains All Day with Robin Asbell
If you want to eat more healthfully, one of the most simple changes to make is choosing whole grains. If you need any motivation, tips, strategies or delicious recipes, come and meet whole grain foods advocate Robin Asbell. With dishes that will fit in at every meal of your day, her new book The Whole Grain Promise is a guide to making delicious, family-friendly whole grain foods. Learn to make and sample some of these enticing, easy and energizing recipes.
Pumpkin Pie Baked Steel Cut Oats
Wild Rice, Pear and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Walnuts
Millet-Corn Chowder with Chipotle
Savory Streusel Squash Pie with Oat Crust
Granola Brittle Chunks
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Robin Asbell is a chef, educator and author who is passionate about whole foods, and a talent for crafting dishes for special diets. Her latest book, Whole Grain Promise (Fall 2015), is a guide to the easiest and tastiest ways to make whole grains a part of your life. Her last book, Gluten Free Pasta, More Than 100 Fast and Flavorful Recipes with No-and Low-Carb Options, is the culmination of many years of working with gluten-free diets. Robin is the author of five other cookbooks, She teaches popular classes and speaks to groups around the US and in Mexico. Robin brings many years of professional cooking experience and her abiding love of satisfying flavors to all her cooking classes, garnished with a sense of humor and fun.
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $75.00
  10 Cheese Making .....Whey Fun

CPT Chef Keith Ellis repeats this very popular workshop, teaching the fundamentals of making fresh cheeses. Learn the fun and practical techniques of Homemade Mozzarella, Ricotta and Mascarpone. There is no better pizza than the one you will make with this fresh Mozzarella and you’ll want to incorporate the fresh Ricottas and Mascarpone in all of your cooking….or just enjoy them by themselves.
Time: 10am - Noon
Cost: $45.00
  16 Wine Pairings Class , Sicily !
Save the date to join us in welcoming Patricia Ferreira, of Planeta Estate Wines, and Olive Oils ! Keith and Kathy will be just returning from a visit to this Sicilian Estate, and having just taken a series of cooking classes with the Planeta Estates Executive Chef, and will be pairing the amazing foods of Sicily with Patricias wines ! Menu to be posted soon.
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $45.00
  17 Free Knife Sharpening Day with Wusthof

Wüsthof Knife Sharpening Day ….bring in any two knives per family (any brand) and get them sharpened for free. Learn how to sharpen them at home from Jeff, our official Wüsthof expert !

Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: N/C
  23 Trunk Show ! with Garnier Thiebaut
Save the Date for this Trunk Showing with the beautiful Linens, Tablecloths, Napkins Tea Towels and Runners with Cedric Montagnana, North American Sales Manager !
Time: tba
Cost: no cost
  24 VitaMix Class - Simply Inspiring for the Holidays
Join Julie Sittner, VitaMix Chef for an inspired VitaMix Class !
For nearly a century, Vitamix has been inspiring creativity among professional chefs and household owners alike. With a Vitamix machine, you can blend, chop, purée, cream, and more—through every course of the meal—with a single appliance. From hot soups to frozen desserts and chunky salsas to smooth purées, nothing delivers the fresh flavors of whole foods like a Vitamix blender. Explore the recipes in this booklet, and discover how the versatility of a Vitamix machine makes preparing healthy, delicious meals easier than ever before.
Apple Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie Latté
Eggnog Coffee Punch
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Cider and Whiskey Cocktail
Traditional Cheese Fondue
Holiday Squash Soup
Pumpkin Soup
Raspberry Maple Dressing
Mixed Spice Sorbet
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Shrimp Pâté
Class offered Twice, select one class, see times below

Time: 11am til 1pm and 2pm til 4pm
Cost: $45.00
  30 Northwest Wine Pairings with Gelardi Vineyards
Nestled in the foothills of the Coastal Range, with a Southwest facing slope this Boutique winery is one of Kathy and Keiths favorite Oregon wines they describe them as "simply delicious"! Imagine how delighted they are to host owners Skip and Corrie Gelardi who produce Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc wines. Their local hand crafted and award winning wines are masterpieces created by wine maker Jonathan Oberlander. And they have a "family connection" with Evonuk Hazelnuts so it just seemed like a pairing of the two was only natural. Chef Keith Ellis will pair dishes featuring the locally grown hazelnuts with the unique and highly drinkable wines!

Time: 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $45.00
November 4 Trunk Show with Coleur Nature of France
Save this date to meet Keilan of Coleur Nature, one of our favorite casual tablecloth and napkin lines. Just in time for entertaining !
Time: tba
Cost: no cost
  6 Why Whiskey ? Why Whiskey ? We surely Cry....
.......because we love whiskey! That is why! Tonights class with our favorite Liquor store owner, Bill Minihan and Chef Keith Ellis features the whiskies of Ireland, Scotland and America! Try Highland Scotch, taste some sublime Irish Whiskey and measure them against American Style Whiskey. Great tasting fun paired with an excellent menu:
Starter of Scotch Gravlax and toast with a whiskey tasting
Linguine with Oregon Blue Cheese and Walnut Sauce with Bourbon
Grilled Steak with Highland and Green Peppercorn Cream
Balvenie Orange and Ginger Shortbread with Irish whiskey
You may want to arrive and leave with Oregon Taxi!
Time: 6-8:30 pm
Cost: $75.00
  11 Chef Mikes Advanced Knife Skills !

Join Wüsthof Corporate Chef Mike Garaghty of as he demonstrates the butchery techniques for breaking down several proteins.
Mike will cover how to disjoint chicken, spatchcock poultry, clean, trim pork tenderloin and filet salmon with skin on, or skin off.
He will also cover basic knife skills, honing and sharpening. Learning these techniques will sharpen your skills, save you money and make you a better cook.
Chef Mike will prepare a full Tasting menu provided from the proteins prepared in the class !
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $75.00
  17 Holiday Gift Giving with Robin Wiper !
If you have taken this class offered every year by CPT and Robin you know how much fun it is! Gift giving ideas abound from Robin and who doesn t like a gift hand crafted. All new recipes and ideas to follow soon, but this is a very popular class so register soon!

Time: 6 - 8:30 pm
Cost: $55.00
December 2 Modern Indian Cuisine with Raghavan Iyer
Brilliant Indian food is not about difficult techniques, hard-to-find ingredients, complex spice blends, or excessive prep time. Its all the spice, the dazzle, and the deep, satisfying flavors of Indian cuisine in this class that features recipes with ten ingredients or less, all grocery store staples! Join Raghavan Iyer, CCP, an Emmy winner, a multiple james Beard Award finalist, and an IACP Award of Excellence for Cooking School Teacher of the Year in this class that features the following menu.. His voice is clear and encouraging, his directions faultless, and his recipes authentic yet completely accessible. Learn from the best in this class :
Minty potato cakes with a tamarind-date sauce
Almond pepper soup
Cardamom fennel scallops
Truck stop beans
Corn bread with mustard greens
Not-so-cool cucumbers
Cranberry mango compote with premium vanilla ice cream
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $95.00
  4 Holiday Baking , Cooking, and Entertaining with Ankarscrum
Ashley McCord of Atlanta whirls sausages, and grinds flours, mixes up sauces and creams grits for a multitude of culinary delights with this grand mixer! Start off with fresh citrus juice and Champagne for Mimosas, sample apple butter served with Brie and bread sticks.....all made in this versatile appliance! From her Southern roots she prepares homemade Corn Grits and serves them with Keiths award winning seafood Sausage..all made in the Ankarsrum. End with Shortbread Cookies made of fresh ground oats and “nut meats” all using the attachments of this tried and true Mixer. A winning cooking endeavor to
Time: $45.00
Cost: 6 - 8:30 pm
  7 “Olio Nuovo 2015“ with Chef Cathy Whims of Nostrana Restaurant !

Our fresh pressed Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils will have just arrived air express from Italy in time for an amazing class with Chef Whims of Nostrana Restaurant ("Oven & Shaker" and “Hamlet” also) in Portland. Cathy is a master of regional Italian cuisine, and will feature this extraordinary new oils in every course, menu:
Scallop Crudo with Satsumas, Cara Cara Oranges, Fresh Fennel and Olio Nuovo
La Paniscia Novarras Bean and Vegetable Soup
Risotto alla Paniscia “a merger of Lusty dishes” Risotto cooked with Red Wine, and a generously endowed Minestrone, the mighty Vegetable Soup of Novarra –(Marcella Hazan)
Cornmeal and EV Olive Oil Upside-Down Cake with Caramelized Pears and Thyme

Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $85.00
  9 Say Cheese, Please ! with Chef/Author Laura Werlin
When it comes to cheese, there are two classics: Grilled Cheese and Mac & Cheese. Author and cheese expert Laura Werlin has written two books on grilled cheese, and one on mac & cheese. Both classics will get top billing as Laura featurse four creamy, gooey, utterly irresistible mac & cheese and grilled cheese recipes from her books along with the perfect wines to go with them. But that’s not all. Laura will select special cheeses to feature in the cooked dishes for everyone to taste in their pre-cooked form. And last but not least, those cheeses will be paired with the wines, posing the question, which is the better complement to the wine? The cheeses on their own or as they taste in the finished recipes? Or are they good no matter what? Come decide at this fun and decidedly cheesy class. A word to the wise: this is the one time to defy your parents’ advice and skip breakfast and lunch!

Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $85.00
  10 Cheese & Chocolate – The Worlds two best foods on One Plate, One Palate
Cheese and chocolate may or may not sound like an intuitive pairing, but together, the right pairings can be transcendent. Not only that, both American artisan cheese and so called bean-to-bar (from the source) chocolate-making in America are unprecedented in their popularity. Get the basics on American chocolates and cheeses with James Beard award-winning author Laura Werlin and taste these two swoonworthy foods side-by-side in a variety of combinations. How well do they pair? Hint: extremely well. But that’s for you to judge. Besides, even if you don’t like the pairings, you can be sure you’ll love both the chocolates and cheeses on their own. Can you say “slam dunk?” Oh, and yes – there’ll be a little vino to sip alongside. Maybe even a craft beer too. Surprises await !

Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $85.00
  19 Shun Knife Demo with Marty Nakayama
Martys visits to our kitchen are full of knife techniques, new designs and enjoyed by all who attend. Slice bread, dice apples and chop onions and see why this knife line is considered superior! And, they are beautifully made, too.
Marty has a following and when you meet this expert you will see why!

Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Cost: N/C

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