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

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Marcel’s Culinary Experience, a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), will finish 2012 with a jam-packed schedule of classes, workshops, and events for adults, kids, and teens nearly every day throughout the fourth quarter.

We've listened to our loyal customers, and are adding some longer, workshop-style classes, such as our all-new Thanksgiving 'Bootcamp' that will allow more in-depth, individualized instruction.

Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retailer and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), will finish 2012 with a jam-packed schedule of classes, workshops, and events for adults, kids, and teens nearly every day throughout the fourth quarter.

“We opened last September, so we’re ending 2012 as we begin our second year in business,” said owner Jill Foucré. “We’ve listened to our loyal customers, and are adding some longer, workshop-style classes, such as our all-new Thanksgiving ‘Bootcamp,’ that will allow more in-depth, individualized instruction.

“We’re also introducing a new format for some of our demonstration classes, where participants can watch the meal being prepared by the chef instructor, then adjourn to our beautifully appointed dining room to sit around the table and enjoy it. We’re calling this format ‘Marcel’s Celebration Table.’ The first of these will be a progressive dinner Nov. 30 featuring five courses and five chefs.”

With the year winding down, cooking for the holidays – including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s -- features prominently in the new schedule. Classes, workshops, and events will focus on a wide range of “cooking season” topics, including alternatives to pumpkin pie, holiday breads, cookie exchanges, guilt-free appetizers, edible gift making, a vegetarian Thanksgiving, and a make-ahead holiday dinner.    Several holiday classes are designed specifically for teens and kids, with age-appropriate foods and recipes.

Food and wine pairings factor notably in Marcel’s new schedule, with classes devoted to a Napa-inspired harvest menu; a cheese and sparkling wine pairing; and for something completely different, an afternoon of hot toddies and tapas.

Continuing its international offerings, Marcel’s will feature classes with menus from Brazil, France, Mexico, and Thailand. Offerings will also include a number of single-topic classes, including those focused on fish, risottos, soufflés, and soups.

Other highlights of Marcel’s fourth quarter offerings: a series of healthy cooking classes taught by a registered dietician, a class on baby food making, and the first-ever “Marcel’s-bury” Bake Off, with two young chefs battling it out in a cookie competition.

“This is only a small sampling of the 60 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. Register 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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