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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 is required for all events except the 4/26 Seasonal Canning Tasting at Northbrook. Here's a new, easy way to register...  Simply go to www.eventbrite.com. In the Search Box at the top, type in the class name, then fill in your information. 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.


Add Zing to Spring

Thursday, March 20th - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person

We’ll explore how the tart taste of acidic citrus or vinegars can add brightness to your dishes.  Watch and sample as we prepare Marinated Shrimp with Oranges, Roasted Artichoke Hearts, Hot & Sour Soup, and Chicken & Peppers in Vinegar Sauce.  You’ll also get a mini-lesson on Knife Cuts, Sauce Reduction, Using a Digital Scale, and the Acidic Spectrum of Vinegars to create your own bright bites.


Ready, Set, Sauté

Saturday, March 22nd - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station or $80 per 2-person

Learn tips and techniques for preparing healthful meals for your family in a reasonable amount of time.  We’ll focus on speedy sauté and pan sauce basics as you prepare Ginger Teriyaki Chicken Breasts and Mozzarella Chicken Breasts.  Each station will also create a third Chicken & Sauce variation to reinforce the versatility of this quick cooking process.  You’ll leave with tips for stocking your pantry for speed so faster meals are within easy reach!


Best Bites

Favorite appetizers and desserts can be the best part of your party menu.  Appetizers set the tone, and desserts finish on a sweet note.  Whether you’re the host, or you’re a guest bringing a dish, these recipes are easy to make in advance.  Some may even be frozen.

Session I
Wednesday, April 9th 
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Long Grove Cooking Studio
(Hands-on, $70 per station or $85 per 2-person station)
Prepare three appetizers – Mini Crab Cakes with Creamy Chipotle Sauce; Marinated Artichoke Salad; and Spinach, Mushroom & Scallion Strudel;
and one dessert – Spring Fruit & Pastry Cream Parfaits.
Session II
Saturday, April 12th 
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lake Forest Cooking Studio
(Hands-on, $70 per station or $85 per 2-person station)
Prepare three appetizers – Bacon Bourbon Marmalade; Roquefort & Pistachio Triangles, and Chicken Wings Marbella; and one dessert – Mini Almond Bear Claws.  
Also get tips and tricks for working with versatile frozen Phyllo and puff pastry doughs.

Meatball Mania

Sunday, April 13th- 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station or $80 per 2-person station

Roll up a crowd-pleasing dinner with these globally inspired meatball recipes.  Chef Mary Kay Gill will share secrets to perfect meatballs as she prepares Asian Pork Meatballs.  Then you’ll create Greek Meatballs with Lemon & Arugula, Turkey-Apple Swedish Meatballs, and Jumbo Cheesy Italian Meatballs.


Spring Soups

Wednesday, April 23rd- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person

Soups transition easily from winter’s deep freeze to spring’s lighter chill.  Watch and sample as Chef Mary Kay Gill prepares a large batch of basic vegetable stock.  Next, she’ll create a trio of hearty vegetarian recipes to savor.  Her menu includes Chili-Mango with Wild Rice, Soothing Spinach Basmati with Crunchy Chickpeas, and Mushroom Wontons in Ginger Fennel Stock.  Leave with expertise, a quart of stock, and recipes for these home-cooked comfort dishes.


Barefoot Contessa’s “Foolproof”

Saturday, April 26th- 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station or $80 per 2-person station

Beloved Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author Ina Garten has written her most exciting book yet, with simple tried-and-true recipes and tips to make everything come together effortlessly.  You’ll prepare several “Foolproof” recipes that stand out for their simplicity and great flavor.   Our menu includes Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers, White Bean & Arugula Salad, Mustard Marinated Flank Steak, and Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting.  (Ina Garten will be present via her book, but not in person!)


Quick Seasonal Canning

Saturday, April 26th- 9:00 am – 10:30 am
“Preserving by the Pint” Book Signing & Free Tasting at the Sunset Foods’ Booth at Northbrook’s Earth Day Celebration in the Village Green (at Meadow & Walters)

Sunday, April 27th- 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $80 per station or $95 per 2-person station

Whether you've been thinking about learning to can, or you're well-versed in the ways of homemade jam, this class is for you.  Philadelphia-based canning teacher, blogger and cookbook author Marisa McClellan will guide you through the basics of jam-making, quick-pickling, and boiling-water-bath canning. She’ll include information on food safety, best canning practices, recommendations on how to store your newly canned goods, and more.  You'll prepare Strawberry Vanilla Jam and Quick Pickled Sugar Snap Peas, and will take home several small jars of both, as well as a signed copy of her book “Preserving by the Pint” (a $25 retail value.)


Pasta-bilities

Wednesday, April 30- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person

Stock your pantry with noodles straight and squiggly for a last-minute supper.  Pasta is a versatile base for adding wholesome ingredients and incorporating deliciously different flavors.  Watch and sample as we prepare Nutty Asian Shrimp; Linguine & Green Beans with Pesto Trapenese; and Mac, Chili & Cheese.  Each participant will also make a batch of Classic Basil Pesto and leave with tips for getting creative at home.


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.