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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.


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. 


Soup Secrets

Saturday, January 24 - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Tasting & Demonstration, $25 per person

Paraphrasing cookbook author Michael Ruhlman, “Soups warm us when it’s cold, soups nourish, and soups put many basic cooking skills to good use.”  Explore ideas and techniques from “Ruhlman’s Twenty” to improve your cooking with the power of water, onions, and seasonings.  After you create a Vegetable Stock, watch & sample as Chef Mary Kay Gill uses it to prepare Italian Meatball Soup, Celery Root & Wild Rice Chowder, and Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup.  Leave with expertise, a quart of stock, and recipes for these wonderful home-cooked comfort dishes.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Locally Brewed

Saturday, January 24th -  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Tasting Demonstration, $40 per person

Get ready for next week’s Big Football Game with local craft beers! Taking a page from “Locally Brewed” by Anna Blessing, we’ll explore the spectrum of winning brews from regional craftsmen. Watch and sample as Sunset Chef Chuck Gullo creates a well-paired menu of Easy Flatbread Pizza, IPA Caramelized Onion Dip, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout Chili, and Mango Sticky Rice. This pre-game event will really score!

A signed copy of the book is included in your registration. Guests must be 21 years or older.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Beat-the-Chill Favorites

Saturday, January 31st  - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Northbrook Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $70 per station*

It’s cold outside, but you’ll prepare enticing comfort food that’s perfect for enjoying fireside with friends.
First you’ll fill a stockpot with Hearty Minestrone. While it simmers, you’ll assemble Sicilian Loaf and Mixed Mushroom Lasagna to bake at home.

Techniques: Mincing, dicing, assembling a Roulade

Methods: Making a stock, sautéing, preparing a white sauce

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Cozy Braises and Stews

Sunday, February 8th - 1:00 pm–4:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station*

Whether you do it on the stovetop, in your oven, or in a slow cooker, braising is an easy one-pot technique that’s perfect for transforming less expensive cuts of meat into elegant, delicious, and exceptionally tender dishes. In this class, Chef Mary Gill will demonstrate this versatile cooking process with Asian Beef Short Ribs. Participants will then prepare Pork Stew with Hard Apple Cider, Classic Rice Pilaf, and a batch of Dark Roux Starter. Participants will also receive fantastic bonus recipes, including one for Zesty Cajun Chicken Stew. Come, learn, and then delight your family with loads of hearty braised meals!

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Spirit Lovers

Thursday, February 12th - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Demonstration and Tasting; $30 per person

Come enjoy a memorable evening inspired by the relaxed style and the effortlessly elegant atmosphere of Parisian cafés. During this demonstration and tasting, Chef Mary Gill will prepare a delicious and unforgettable bistro menu of Salmon Rillettes, Tarragon Cocktail Quiche, and Classic Cassoulet. Our friends from North Shore Distillery will also join us to create an incredible pairing of sophisticated beverages and to share their formula for crafting perfectly balanced cocktails. Each guest will also assemble two lovely and decadent Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. C’est magnifique!  Guests must be 21 years or older.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Dim Sum

Saturday, February 14th - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Long Grove Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $70 per station*

Dim sum is traditional Chinese fare that’s perfect for parties and entertaining. In this class—which would make the perfect Valentine’s Day date—participants will learn how to prepare an incredible menu of Butterfly Shrimp, Pork Potstickers, Chicken Kows with Watercress Soup, and Ming Tsai’s Coriander Crusted Tuna Salad Niçoise. In Cantonese, dim sum means “touch your heart,” and these dainty finger foods are sure to satisfy your heart’s desire; this is one special culinary adventure that no one will want to miss!

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Tapas

Saturday, February 21st - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on Class; $65 per station*

In this class inspired by sunny Spain, Chef Chuck Gullo will guide participants on a culinary journey packed with fun, bold flavors, and authentic ingredients like jamón serrano, manchego cheese, almonds, piquillo peppers, saffron, and smoky paprika. Chef Gullo is eager to share his passion for Spanish cuisine, and will demonstrate the preparation of a classic Tortilla Espanola (Potato and Onion Omelet). Participants will also learn to prepare Seared Piquillo Peppers with Manchego, Albondigas con Salsa (Meatballs in Saffron-Almond Sauce), Serrano con Membrillo (Crostini with Spanish Ham and Quince paste), and Rosemary Potatoes with Leeks and Chorizo.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


New-Fashioned Slow Cooking

Thursday, February 26th - 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Demonstration and Tasting; $30 per person

Though the slow-cooker may seem at odds with the pace of contemporary life, it’s actually one of the most versatile and most useful appliances in the kitchen. During this relaxing demonstration and tasting, the co-creators of The Zen of Slow Cooking, Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay, will share their passion for slow cooking while preparing a fantastic menu of “Overnight Prep” Slow-Cooked Italian Beef, a decadent adaptation of Ina Garten’s Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding, and Pots de Crème. Guest will also receive a complimentary glass of wine and will leave with plenty of tips for meeting family mealtime challenges with ease. Guests must be 21 years or older.

 Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite. 


Bake It, Sauce It

February, 28th - 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on Class; $65 per station*

A stunning and flavorful dessert sauce is an impressive and easy way to elevate any sweet creation. In this class, participants will learn how to prepare basic versions of several versatile and customizable dessert sauces. Chef Mary Kay Gill will demonstrate how to make the perfect Profiteroles, and will then guide participants in the preparation of a classic Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce to top them with. Participants will also learn how to make a sophisticated and decadent Crème Anglaise, Pear Coulis, and Caramel Cream Sauce and will be able to take home recipes, profiteroles, and all of their delicious sauces to enjoy at home.

 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.