Spectrum Health Lifestyle Medicine classes are operated out of the second floor Teaching Kitchen in the Downtown Market. You are encouraged to cook along with the chef in the comforts of your home kitchen. Family members are welcome to join in on the cooking experience as well. If you prefer not to cook, you can also watch and listen to the cooking demonstration and then later try making the recipes on a different day. Click here to view all classes.

Please reach out to Spectrum Health Lifestyle Medicine with questions:
Phone: 616-486-1417

Prepare to make some new foodie friends as you work together with other class participants in the Teaching Kitchen to create (and eat!) a meal in a fun, hands-on environment. Ages 16+.

Head to the Downtown Market Incubator Kitchen where you’ll have some extra room to cook and access to commercial cooking equipment. In these Culinary Workshops, whip up large batches of take-home eats and treats.

Mix it up in one of our cocktail classes! Try your hand at making, shaking, and pouring libations of all kinds in these classes led by a professional bartender and beverage enthusiast. Adults 21+.

Indoor and outdoor fun, all throughout the Market, all year round! Bring the whole family and have some food and fun!



We reserve the right to change class recipes at our discretion.

REGISTRATION: Registration will close a minimum of one day before the class date. Currently, use of gift cards to purchase class registrations is not available online or by phone. Please visit us in the Market Administration office on the second floor during normal Market hours to register using gift cards.

TICKETS: There is no need for paper tickets or to print this confirmation email. Your name will be on an attendee list at the entrances.

FORMAT: Typically, doors will open for a class at the published start time. You're welcome to arrive at the Market early to enjoy all we have to offer, and come up to class at the scheduled start time. In our classes, you will work together with other class participants in a fun, hands-on environment, led by our professional chef instructors. You will be standing, cooking, and working for most of the class. Seating is available and our cooktops are height-adjustable to accommodate persons with disabilities and our younger participants.

ALLERGIES/SPECIAL NEEDS: Our class recipes were developed using common cooking and baking ingredients that may or may not be specified in menu titles. We do our best to prevent cross-contamination; however, The Downtown Market’s Teaching Kitchen is not an allergy safe environment. All food allergies and/or special needs must be stated in detail on the registration form. We will do our best to accommodate needs and allergies when notified in advance but adjustments to recipes cannot be made during class.

REFUNDS: A 7 day notice is required for cancellation of any class. Classes canceled in advance of 7 days will receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee. Classes not canceled within 7 days of scheduled class will not be refunded. If you are unable to attend a class, and the refund deadline has passed, we invite you to send a friend in your place. Please, let us know in advance. Call us at 616-805- 5308 with any questions, concerns, or cancellations. All classes are subject to cancellation, replacement, rescheduling or instructor replacement. Recipes and ingredients are subject to change based on availability.

PARKING: Parking is available on site at our Ellis-operated site. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes, $2 for 30-60 minutes, and $1 for each additional 30 minutes.

FOOD/DRINK: In our Culinary Classes (excluding Culinary Workshops or as indicated), come hungry as we'll enjoy our creations together. Please make sure to let us know of any food allergies or intolerances as indicated above. For all classes, we will have a water station. Some classes will offer a cash bar where you can also purchase beverages.

EMERGENCY CONTACT: An emergency contact must be provided on the registration form for all participants in kids/teens classes, including name and phone number. In addition, parents will be required to sign in/sign out minors and provide contact information for anyone additional authorized for drop off or pick up.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS: We have everything you need for class - all the equipment, the ingredients, the aprons, and the fun! We also have coat racks for jackets/purses. If you shop in the Market Hall prior to class and need to put any perishable food purchases in our cooler, please let our sous chef know on your way into class. For certain kids camps, we may be outside for up to one hour. If the participant would like to wear a hat or sunscreen, please send those items along. Please do not bring other personal belongings to class as we have plenty of recipes and activities planned and wouldn't want your special items to get lost.

BEHAVIOR: We hope everyone comes to class ready to have a lot of fun and learn some tricks of the trade! Although group interaction and socializing are encouraged during our classes, please be respectful to instructors and fellow class participants to make sure everyone has a great time. For kids/teens classes/camps, participants should come prepared to engage in group activities and be ready to get hands dirty but also take turns and share the hands-on experience with others in their class. Inappropriate behavior or class disruption will be addressed by the instructors and, if necessary, brought to parents' attention.

View our full calendar of cooking classes here.