Since we opened last September, cooks of all ages and skill levels from throughout Chicagoland have embraced Marcel’s, filling many of our classes, then coming back for more.
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Glen Ellyn, IL (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), will wrap up its first year in business with a robust schedule of classes, demonstrations and other events throughout the third quarter of 2012.
“Since we opened last September, cooks of all ages and skill levels from throughout Chicagoland have embraced Marcel’s, filling many of our classes, then coming back for more,” said owner Jill Foucré. “We’ve listened carefully to their feedback and with summer coming on, are adding some new topics in both our demonstration and hands-on classes.”
For kids and teens, Marcel’s is repeating its popular culinary day camps in July (some spaces remain for June teen sessions). Young cooks can sign up for one or more individual sessions, or a series of four consecutive classes, all of which focus on learning basic skills to prepare age-appropriate favorite foods and recipes.
Coinciding with the summer growing season, Marcel’s is offering cooking classes into the fall designed to showcase and preserve the wealth of homegrown and farmers market produce. Sessions will focus on new ways to prepare best-loved seasonal ingredients, including berries, cherries, corn, tomatoes and apples. To enjoy the harvest year-round, Marcel’s has added classes on popular preserving methods, including jam/jelly making, canning and pickling. One highlight: the Sept. 6 class focusing on local Michelin-star chef and restaurant owner Paul Virant’s new book, The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux.
Warmer weather in the Midwest also brings outdoor entertaining. Marcel’s entertaining series throughout the summer features menus, recipes, tablescaping and other ideas for garden parties, patio parties, hosting weekend guests, barbecuing, pizza grilling and more. Example: On Aug. 14, Jeff King, chef at DMK Burger Bar in Lombard, will share recipes and techniques for making two of the restaurant’s most popular burgers, plus its infamous side dishes.
Other summer-themed classes at Marcel’s focus on favorite foods from ballparks, tailgating, and county/state fairs.
Looking beyond the Midwest, Marcel’s will offer cooking classes next quarter on California and Pacific Northwest cuisines, plus sessions on foods of France, India, Italy, Latin America and South America. Of note: July 21 class and book signing with Indian cooking expert Anupy Singla (http://www.indianasapplepie.com), author of Vegan Indian Cooking; Sept. 12 class and book signing with Michael Ponzio (http://www.chefponzio.com), executive chef of Rosebud on Rush and author of CIBO: Anybody’s Guide to Italian Cooking.
For those who are trying to eat healthier all year round – practically everyone these days – Marcel’s is offering classes on salad making, cooking with grains, vegan and vegetarian cooking, gluten-free cooking, healthy snacks and healthy lunches.
“This is only a small sampling of the more than 55 classes scheduled next quarter,” said Foucré. “We’ll also continue our popular series of free daytime demonstrations – mainly on Tuesdays and no registration required.”
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.