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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.


Simple Soup Combos

Wednesday Nov 19 – Minnesota Wild Rice Soup, Hazelnut-Crusted Fish Cakes, Maple Sugar Pie
10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)

Tasting Demonstration, $25 per person

During chilly months, a delicious bowl of soup and sandwich can provide the warming comfort we crave. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch while you receive step-by-step instructions on preparing this satisfying fare.       

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


"Thanks" and "Giving"

Friday November 21 - 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Complimentary!  

If you’re a guest at an upcoming gathering, we’ll help you express your gratitude by suggesting ideas for gifts you can make and take. Chef Mary Kay Gill will provide recipes and tastingsof Warm Artichoke-Olive Dip, Spiced Pecans, and non-alcoholic Ginger Apple Sparkler. If you’re a host or hostess, bring all your cooking questions… We’ll provide simply delicious solutions!


Make-Ahead Appetizers

Saturday November 22 - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

When company’s coming, we’ll help you entertain with ease. Get ready for guests in advance with elegant delicacies you create in class and freeze for last-minute finishing. Prepare Curried Crab Strudel, Savory Brie En Croute, and Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers. You’ll be cool as a cucumber with these special nibbles ready to grab from your freezer.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Food Artisan: Stephanie Izard

Wednesday December 3 - 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Tasting Demonstration, $25 per person

Sunset Foods is pleased to bring the talents of a celebrity chef to your holiday table.  Stephanie Izard was the first woman named Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2008.  While Executive Chef/Partner of two Chicago restaurants – Girl & the Goat, and Little Goat – she earned recognition as James Beard’s “Best Chef: Great Lakes,” and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef.”  Her newly launched product line – “The Flavor, By Stephanie Izard” – features sauces and rubs.  An engaging personality with a globally influenced palate and culinary skills to “make your whole mouth happy,” Chef Stephanie offers a not-to-be-missed evening.  Tastings and recipes of all dishes are included.  (Participation is limited to 30 guests.)


Amazing Braising

Sunday December 7 - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

To braise, all you do is brown meat or poultry in a pot, add seasonings and a flavorful liquid, and gently simmer until done.  Whether on your stovetop, in your oven, or in your slow cooker, braising is an easy one-pot technique that transforms less expensive cuts of meat into tender dishes.  Chef Mary Kay Gill will demonstrate the process with Asian Beef Short Ribs.  Each participant will then prepare Chicken in Petite Syrah and Classic Rice Pilaf using the steps of a successful braise.  Bonus recipes will be included in your take-home packets.  Come learn the technique and then delight your family with wonderful new aromas and delicious meals!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Private Event

Wednesday December 10 -  (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)

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


How to Season

Saturday December 13 - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Tasting Demonstration, $25 per person

It’s obvious when a dish is missing something; the challenge is to figure out what that something is.  Chef Mary Kay Gill will lead this interactive workshop with exercises to help you sharpen your tasting skills using salt, acids, herbs, spices and other flavor-boosting helpers.  Take home knowledge to become a more intuitive cook, along with your own custom vinaigrette.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Future Chefs: Gift Workshop

Monday December 15 - 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, (See pricing below)

Bring your children to assemble delicious and colorful Desserts-in-a-Jar. They’re holiday gifts guaranteed to warm the hearts of teachers, family and friends. We’ll provide all the ingredients and instructions they’ll need. Options include White Chocolate Spice Cookies, and Espresso Brownies. Come anytime from 3–6 pm and make as many jars as you like. (Best for ages 7–12; parents should remain with their children.)

$15/child – Includes 1 jar. Additional jars can be added for $10 each with advance registration.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


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.


*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.