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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 thyme@sunsetfoods.com.

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.


End of Summer Cocktail Party!

Thursday, August 28 - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm   (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $30 per person

Are you stuck in a two-ingredient cocktail rut? Our friends from North Shore Distillery – the first craft distillery in the Chicago area since Prohibition – will teach you the “scientific formula” for creating a balanced cocktail and tweaking ingredients to create new and modern delights.  In addition, Chef Mary Kay Gill will prepare a sampler of tasty cocktail party nibbles – Caesar Salad Spears, Heirloom Tomato Crostini, Sicilian Loaf, and Aioli with Blanched Green Beans.  Our party also includes step-by-step directions for steaming lobster just in time for Sunset’s Labor Day Weekend Lobster Fest!  Leave inspired to cook, gather friends, and savor the rest of summer.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


A Slice of Summer!

Saturday, August 30 - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm   (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $50 per person

Pies made with ripe berries and other fruits burst with flavor this time of year.  Join Chef Mary Kay Gill for a fun morning of pie baking tips and tricks.  Learn to make pie dough, then roll and weave it into a lattice crust for Classic Peach Pie.  While it bakes, prepare a simple no-bake Double Blueberry Ginger pie.  Save your fork, pie is on the way!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Chop Chop

Saturday, September 6th - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $70 per station*

“Cut” your preparation time by improving your knife skills.  Learn the proper use of a Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife.  Slice, chop, dice, mince, and cut different foods into Julienne and Chiffonade. Use flavorful seasonal ingredients including herbs, late-harvest vegetables and apples. Prepare Lime & Lemongrass Cured Beef Salad, Napa Cabbage & Cilantro Slaw, Asian Ratatouille, and a Caramelized Apple Tart with Roasted Saigon Cinnamon Custard.  Your class fee includes an EdgeWare Knife Sharpener for you to take home to stay on the cutting edge!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Future Chefs “Grand Thyme”

Sunday, September 7th -  1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studios)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Kids – Grandparents Day is September 7th.  Celebrate by taking charge of Sunday dinner!  Bring your grandparent, sibling or friend and team together, or cook by yourself.  You’ll prepare Tuscan Chickpea Crostini, Lasagna with Turkey Sausage, and Raspberry-Almond Bars.  Learn to cook with love – grandparent-style!  This class is recommended for ages 10-13, and grandparents attend for free.  Techniques Covered:  Reading a recipe, organizing and measuring ingredients, following kitchen safety, mixing, cutting vegetables, sautéing, and using a food processor.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Easy Indian Cooking

Saturday, September 13th - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person

Holistic Ayurveda medicine evolved in India more than 5,000 years ago, and some consider it the world’s oldest healthcare system.  In Ayurveda practice, food is “prescribed” to ease digestion and detoxify.  Watch and sample as 3 wellness proponents – Trupti Gokani (MD, Board Certified Neurologist, & Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner), and Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum and Elyse Wagner (of Feed Your Mind Wellness LLC) – join Thyme Chef Instructor Mary Kay Gill to create gluten-free, nutritious dishes and explain their possible healing properties.  They’ll prepare Kitchari (literally “a mess” of rice, beans, braised greens and spices), Mung Bean Soup, Spinach Paneer, and Lentil Pancakes.

Food Artisan: Danny Macaroons

Dan Cohen, author of “The Macaroon Bible,” is a do-it-yourself guy.  As the story goes, over a decade ago he asked his mom why there weren’t any macaroons at their holiday table, so she suggested he bring them.  What started as a special treat for family and friends gained a cult following in New York, and more recently in Chicago.  Flavors like Salted Caramel, German Chocolate and “Bailey’s McRoon” showcase the flavor artistry of these hand-crafted coconut clusters.

Wednesday, September 17th,  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $40 per person

In this hands-on class, you’ll prepare a customized 8-pack of macaroons under Dan’s guidance.
Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.

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Tuesday, September 23rd - 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $15 per person

In this demonstration, watch and sample as Dan shares his tips for his special treats.
Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Great Flavors of Greece

Friday, September 19th - 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $90 per 2-person station

Cook and dine with a friend!  Step into our Thyme Taverna to prepare cuisine inspired by Greece.  We’ll explore authentic ingredients like Feta Cheese, Pine Nuts, Eggplant, Lamb, Mint, Honey, and Phyllo Dough.  Our menu includes Warm Cauliflower Salad with Salsa Verde, Basmati-Stuffed Eggplant, Braised Lamb Chops in Red Wine, and Apple Baklava with Metaxa-Honey Drizzle.  Then enjoy your meal in our private dining area with a glass of Wine (for students over 21).  Opa!  Techniques Covered: Preparing vinaigrette, sautéing and steaming vegetables, cooking rice, braising meat, using an immersion blender, and working with Phyllo dough.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


“Kitchen-ease” for Teens

Sunday, September 21st - 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Empower your young adults with experience they need to prepare easy, satisfying meals and snacks.  We’ll explore cooking methods for meats and vegetables so your teens can move beyond grabbing a box from the freezer or pantry to making food from scratch.  Our menu includes Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce, Panko-Crusted Pork Tenderloin or Eggplant with Ginger Plum Sauce, Spicy Oven-Roasted Green Beans, and Mac, Chile & Cheese. Techniques Covered:  Reading a recipe, organizing and measuring ingredients, following kitchen safety, cutting vegetables, sautéing, blanching, roasting, preparing a white sauce, breading, and working with rice paper.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Dinner on the Fly

Saturday, September 27th - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Looking for delicious recipes for your busy lifestyle?  Take home techniques for feeding your family a healthy meal in a reasonable amount of time.  Our weeknight dinner revolves around a store-bought Rotisserie Chicken with quick-fix sides of Grilled Broccoli and Oven Roasted Sesame Beans.  Then prepare two options for chicken leftovers:  Zesty Chicken Tostadas, and Chicken, Green Bean, Corn & Farro Salad.  Elevate the everyday with these flavorful dishes.  Techniques Covered:  Preparing vinaigrette; blanching, sautéing, and steaming seasonal vegetables; cooking pasta properly; making a stock; and using an immersion blender.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


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.