Marcel’s Culinary Experience, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Announces Cooking Classes for First Quarter 2013

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Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Marcel’s Culinary Experience, a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), has announced its First Quarter 2013 schedule of classes and workshops for cooks of all ages and skill levels.

People love to give and receive cooking classes as gifts -- during the year-end holidays or any time of year. With more than 60 classes scheduled next quarter, we literally have something for every culinary interest.

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), has announced its First Quarter 2013 schedule of classes and workshops for cooks of all ages and skill levels.

“People love to give and receive cooking classes as gifts -- during the year-end holidays or any time of year,” said Marcel’s owner Jill Foucré. “With more than 60 classes scheduled next quarter, we literally have something for every culinary interest. People can order classes for themselves or others via our website, or they can stop by the store, or simply give us a call.”

New for the new year, Marcel’s is offering breakfast classes one Friday morning each month; classes for advanced cooks (one example: Cooking Without Recipes on Feb. 7); and several workshops, including a two-day event (Jan. 19-20) focused on making sourdough bread.

Registered dietician Lynn Dugan returns after New Year’s with classes designed to help people eat healthier. Offerings include Easy Food Resolutions (Jan. 9), Flexitarian Style (Feb. 21), and New Beans on the Block (March 13).

Singles and couples can enjoy Cooking for One or Two (Jan. 18), Cooking Together (Feb. 2), Dinner for Two (Feb. 6), and Couples in the Kitchen: Seduction and Spice (Feb. 14). The Valentine’s Day class, taught by Chef Paul Lindemuth, features a menu of ingredients long-believed to be the foods of love, as extolled by Montezuma, Casanova, and cultures around the world.

Chef Paul is also teaching a March 1 class featuring recreations of some of the best restaurant dishes he’s ever eaten, including those from Café Boulud, Charlie Trotter’s, and The French Laundry.

Marcel’s continues its popular series of international cuisine classes with Easy Mediterranean (Jan. 11), Chinese New Year (Feb. 8), French Bistro Favorites (Feb. 16), Inspiration from Provence (Feb. 20), Dim Sum (March 16), and Irish Brunch (March 17).

Coordinating with local school calendars, Chef Jamie Bordoshuk teaches Marcel’s classes for young cooks ages 8-12 on school holidays and during spring break. One highlight is a four-day “camp” March 25-28 devoted to recipes from TV Food Network stars Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray, and Giada de Laurentis, plus the popular competition show “Cupcake Wars.”

For a complete schedule of classes, demonstrations and other events, visit http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com. Register at the store, online, or via phone (630-790-8500).

Holiday shoppers can also purchase gift baskets from Marcel’s, starting at $40. Customers can choose their own contents, or select from nine designs crafted by the Marcel’s staff. Themes include Best of the Midwest (locally based food companies), Marcel’s Favorite Picks, and Snack Break.

About Marcel’s Culinary Experience
Marcel’s Culinary Experience is a combination retail store and recreational cooking school located at 490 N. Main in historic downtown Glen Ellyn, Ill., about 20 miles west of downtown Chicago. Marcel’s operates a full schedule of culinary classes for cooks of all ages and skill levels, and is available for private events of up to 16 people. The retail space is stocked with fine cookware and hardworking professional tools, exquisite tablewares, specialty foods and one-of-a-kind items. Marcel’s owner is Jill Foucré, a former health insurance executive, who named the space after her grandfather, a French chef and restaurateur. For more information, visit http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com.

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