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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.


“Naked Food” Monthly Cooking Series

Lake Forest Cooking Studio: Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person

Unlock the healing potential of natural foods without sacrificing flavors you love.  Eliminating headaches, alleviating chronic medical conditions, gaining energy, and cooking gluten-free are all covered in these classes that invite you to discover the natural power of food. Join health experts Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum and Elyse Wagner of Feed Your Mind Wellness LLC and Chef Mary Kay Gill for these interactive cooking and education classes. Experience for yourself that food tastes better Naked.

Saturday, August 23 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Snack Smart – High energy snacks for the whole family!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.

Saturday, September 13: (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
Easy Indian Cooking - Special Guest Dr. Trupti Gokani, Board Certified Neurologist


Quick Seasonal Canning!

Thursday, August 14 - 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $110  for a two person station (includes 2 copies of the book)


Preserve the freshness and liveliness of summer flavors by canning. Join special guest, Philadelphia-based canning teacher, blogger and cookbook author Marisa McClellan.  She’ll 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 Tomato Jam and Dilly Beans, 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).

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


French Favorites!

Friday, August 15 - 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm   (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $70 per station or $85 for two person station


A bottle of red, a bottle of white, let’s use both for our celebration tonight!  Be part of Sunset Foods’ 102nd birthday tribute to Julia Child.  Prepare classic dishes of Green Bean, Mushroom & Hazelnut Salad; French Onion Soup; Chicken Fricassee with Two Vinegars; and Chocolate Mousse.  Enjoy your gourmet creations as you dine in our store’s private area and toast your new skills with a glass of wine (for participants 21 and older).  Toujours Bon Appétit!  Techniques Covered:  Sautéing & preparing a pan sauce, blanching vegetables, preparing a vinaigrette, and tempering chocolate.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Teen Favorites Made Vegetarian!

Wednesday, August 20 - 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm   (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Hands-on, $65 per station or $80 for two person station


The teen years are full of exciting choices, and your teen may decide to eliminate meat from his or her diet.   Empower your young adults with the experience they need in the kitchen to prepare easy and satisfying plant-based meals and snacks.  In this class, they’ll move beyond grabbing a box from the freezer or pantry shelf to making Mushroom Barley & Cashew Burgers, and vegetarian Mac, Chili & Cheese to take home.  Chef Mary Kay Gill will demonstrate cooking methods and flavor-boosting add-ons with a rainbow of vegetables, spices and herbs, then encourage our novice chefs to “try it, you may like it!” Techniques Covered:  Mincing, dicing, sautéing, blanching & roasting vegetables, preparing a white sauce, and properly cooking rice and pasta.

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


Smart Snacks!

Saturday, August 23 - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm   (Lake Forest Cooking Studio)
Demonstration & Tasting, $25 per person


Active kids need tasty snacks to keep pace with their high-energy days.  Adults with limited time and seniors with small appetites also need convenient small bites to stay well-fueled.  Join health experts Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum and Elyse Wagner of Feed Your Mind Wellness LLC, and Chef Mary Kay Gill as they prepare homemade power bars of Cinnamon Maca, Almond, & allergen-free Crispy Rice; plus Avocado Cream, Nut & Seed Butters; and Fruit Roll-ups.  Attack your snack impulse with these delicious power foods!

Click here to register online for this class via Eventbrite.


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.


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.