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Class Information

CLASS CATEGORIES

HANDS-ON
Get your hands “foody” in these fun classes for 16+.

FAMILY
Children and parents will create meals using local ingredients that make the whole family feel great. Target audience ages 6-12.

LIL KIDS
Simple in skill level and flavor, these classes show kids ages 4-6 how much fun a kitchen can be!

KIDS
A bit more advanced than the “lil kids classes”, these classes show kids ages 7-11 where food comes from and how it gets to our plates.

TEENS
These classes for ages 12-15 are an opportunity for experimentation and creativity with food that will motivate a lifelong love of cooking.

TECHNIQUE & SKILL
Have fun, eat well, and learn all at the same time with kitchen technique classes for ages 16+.

COCKTAILS
Beer, wine, and cocktail classes for adult 21+ fun.

SOCIAL
All the fun with only some of the work! Ages 16+.

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

CLASS INFORMATION AND POLICIES

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: You may work with other participants in small groups for portions of meal preparation. You will be standing, cooking, and working for most of the class. Seating is available and our cooktops are height-adjustable to accomodate persons with disabilities and our younger guests.

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.

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 one-week notice is required for cancellation of any class. Classes canceled in advance of one week will receive a refund and may incur a 10% processing fee. Classes not canceled within one week of the scheduled class date will not be refunded, even for unexpected absences, including illness. If you are unable to attend a class and the refund deadline has passed, we invite you to send a friend in your place. Just let us know in advance so we can update registration and food allergy information. All classes are subject to cancellation, rescheduling, or instructor replacement. Recipes and ingredients are subject to change based on availability.

FOOD/DRINK: We will cook up snacks in the kitchen, so don't worry about packing your own (this includes kids camps, where campers will make a meal they will eat onsite each day). Please make sure to let us know of any food allergies or intolerances as indicated above. For adult classes, we will have a water station and cash bar where you can 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 puchases 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.