Marcel’s Culinary Experience (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) Announces Cooking Classes, Events for Second Quarter 2012

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Marcel’s Culinary Experience, a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, has announced its cooking class and special event schedule for the second quarter of 2012.

We’ve got nearly 80 classes, demonstrations and other events on our second quarter calendar, which begins April 3. Many fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.

Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, has announced its cooking class and special event schedule for the second quarter of 2012.

“We’ve added some exciting offerings, including culinary camps for kids and teens, new destinations for our international cooking series, and ‘back to basics’ classes that were requested by past students,” explained owner Jill Foucré. “All together, we’ve got nearly 80 classes, demonstrations and other events on our second quarter calendar, which begins April 3. Many fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.”

Kids Cooking at Marcel’s
Marcel’s designed its Kids Culinary Camp: World Tour (June 18-21) for young cooks ages 8-12 who want to learn about international foods while gaining confidence and experience in basic kitchen techniques. Each session will focus on foods from a different region (Italy, Asia, Germany, Mexico). Teen Camp for ages 13-18 (June 11 – 14) will explore foods of the United States (barbeque, seafood, pasta, classic summer fare). Students can register for one or more individual classes ($40 each for kids, $50 each for teens), or the entire series ($150 kids, $180 teens).

Other opportunities for kids and teens to roll up their sleeves and get in the kitchen ($40 per session) at Marcel’s: Rainy Day Cooking (April 22), American Classics (April 29), and Pasta Pasta (May 20).    For kids and parents who want to cook together: Mom & Me (May 12) and Dad & Me (June 16), both focused on preparing a special lunch for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, respectively.

Continuing Series
Marcel’s popular Passport series ($80 each) continues next quarter with a focus on traditional recipes from Jamaica (April 21), Morocco (May 25) and the Mediterranean (June 22).

Collaborating with Glen Ellyn’s The Bookstore, Marcel’s Book Club series ($80 each) will showcase Gale Gand’s Brunch! (May 1), In Mother’s Kitchen; Celebrated Women Chefs Share Beloved Family Recipes by Ann Cooper and Lisa Holmes (May 22), and The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz (June 19). Participants can bring their own copies of the featured books to class, or purchase them at Marcel’s.

(Note: Gand, a Food Network host, cookbook author and celebrated chef, will appear at Marcel’s on May 5 for a free demonstration and book signing.)

Other Classes, Events
Dozens of hands-on and demonstration classes ($30-$80 each) round out Marcel’s second quarter 2012 schedule. Back to Basics classes focus on Cooking Techniques (April 12), Classic and Modern Sauces (April 20), and Baking (April 24). Other classes focus on seasonal ingredients: Spring Soups (April 11), Artichokes (May 5), Asparagus (June 7) and Summer Pastas (June 12). Several classes teach special skills: Baby Food (April 15, May 6), Indoor Smoking (April 26), Newlywed Cooking (May 19), Sausage Making (June 1), and Cooking With Beer (June 15).

Marcel’s also offers a series of free daytime demonstrations – mainly on Tuesdays and no registration required. Topics include Easy Egg Salad, Crepes, Balsamic Glazes, Smoothies, Tablescaping, Easy Won Ton Appetizers, Seven-Layer Dip, Stovetop Smoking, and Father’s Day Breakfast.

Executive Chef Kelly Sears oversees Marcel’s class and demonstration schedule, working with popular Chicago area instructors Jamie Bordoshuk, Coleen Graham, Allison Johnson, Paul Lindemuth, Jeff King, Robin Nathan, Cathy Schulbaum, Jean True, and Katie Wojciechowski.

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

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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