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What's Cooking at Sunset Foods

Explore your own culinary world with Sunset Foods!

From fine wine to fish and festival fun, Sunset Foods has a year-round lineup of special store offerings and events.

Advance registration required. If you have questions, please contact Thyme in the Kitchen at 847-810-0484 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We’re also happy to accommodate PRIVATE CLASSES in our studios. You provide the students and the topics, and we’ll provide the instructor and great recipes.


Bake It… Sauce It

Saturady December 20 - 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Elevate a simple pound cake, angel food cake, bowl of ice cream, or berries to an elegant finish with the enhancement of a dessert sauce.  Prepare basic versions and learn tips for interesting variations.  Chef Mary Kay Gill will demonstrate how to make Profiteroles, then you’ll prepare the classic topping of Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce, plus more sophisticated Crème Anglaise, Pear Coulis, and Caramel Cream Sauce.  Take home profiteroles along with your sweet creations.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Big Easy Family Brunch

Tuesday December 30 - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Make the most of your winter break by cooking together as a family in our studios. Since brunch captures the casual entertaining style of lazy vacation days, you’ll prepare the best dishes New Orleans has to offer. Learn the tricks of Roux, Hollandaise and Poaching. Our menu includes Iceberg with Bacon & Roquefort, Eggs Sardou (Poached Eggs with Artichoke Bottoms & Creamed Spinach), Shrimp Etouffée, and Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

(For this class, a station accommodates up to three people, including at least one adult.)

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Teen Favorites Made Vegetarian

Friday, January 2nd - 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

The teen years are full of exciting choices, and your young adults may decide to eliminate meat from their diets. Help them prepare easy and satisfying plant-based meals and snacks. In this class, they’ll move beyond grabbing a box from your freezer or pantry to making their own Mushroom Barley & Cashew Burgers, and vegetarian Mac, Chili & Cheese. Plus, Chef Mary Kay Gill will demonstrate creative options for four different winter vegetables, then invite our novice chefs to “try it, you may like it!” 

Techniques: Mincing, dicing

Methods: Sautéing, blanching & roasting vegetables, preparing a white sauce, properly cooking rice and pasta.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Easy Dinners

Saturday, January 3rd -  2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Are you a novice cook? Get comfortable with using knives, following recipes, substituting ingredients, and creating wonderful meals. Build your confidence and skills, and learn to cook affordably. Ease into the kitchen with our menu of Jumbo Cheesy Italian Meatballs, Crispy Tilapia Tacos, and Chicken “Curry in a Hurry.” Recommended for ages 14 and older 

Techniques: Mincing, dicing, breading, and preparing a vinaigrette.

Methods: Sautéing, pan frying, stir frying, testing for doneness, preparing a pan sauce, adjusting for seasoning, properly cooking rice.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Fresh Ideas for Fish

Saturday, January 10th - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $70 per station*

Seafood is a light, healthy menu option, but sometimes intimidating to prepare.  We’ll explore three cooking techniques for this delicate protein.  Fresh catches from around the globe shine in our menu, which includes Simmered Boston Scrod and Vegetable Soup with Lime, Poached Salmon with Moroccan Quinoa & Arugula, and Pan Seared Trout with Hazelnut Brown Butter.  Get “hooked”!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Sweet Treats

Saturday, January 17th - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by making the world a little sweeter. You’ll prepare Thai Tea Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumb Crust, plus ready-to-bake Apple Phyllo Strudel and Chocolate/White Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Last, watch as Chef Mary Kay Gill prepares Cinnamon Churros for you to enjoy in class. 

Younger chefs, 9-13 years old, are welcome to attend with an adult.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Ravioli Workshop

Sunday, January 18  -  2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

There’s a saying in Italy that the quality of the pasta is partly eggs and flour, but mostly “the soul, the energy, and the flavor imparted from the hands of the cook.” Each participant will make a batch of Egg Pasta from scratch, which you’ll roll, cut, and fill with traditional favorites of Italian Sausage and Ricotta & Spinach. You’ll also make a simmered sauce of Marinara Extraordinaire. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Chianti (for those at least 21 years old) or Italian Lemonade while you cook. After this class, the best Italian kitchen in town will be at your house! 

Younger chefs, 9-13 years of age, are welcome to attend with an adult.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.

 


*Station accommodates a second person for just $15

All sessions take place at Sunset's cooking studios:

Lake Forest 825 S. Waukegan Rd. ph: (847) 234-8380
Libertyville 1451 W. Peterson Rd. ph: (847) 573-9570
Long Grove 4190 Route 83 (corner of Aptakisic and Route 83) ph: (847) 478-8150
Northbrook 1127 Church St. ph: (847) 272-7700

To register, please call the Thyme office at (847) 810-0484 at least 48 hours before the event. Registration includes advance notice of food allergies and payment. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.