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

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Marcel’s Culinary Experience, a gourmet retail store and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), has announced its fourth quarter 2013 cooking classes, demonstrations and other events.

Marcel’s is also accepting reservations for fourth-quarter private classes, parties and other special events, for groups from 10 to 40.

Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retail store and recreational cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Chicago suburb), has announced its fourth quarter 2013 cooking classes, demonstrations and other events.

“We’re thrilled to be starting our third year in business as we enter the biggest cooking and entertaining season of the year,” said owner Jill Foucré . “To correspond with fall and year-end holidays, we’ve got an exciting line-up of more than 60 offerings next quarter for adults and young cooks alike."

As she has done each quarter, Foucré has added new topics and formats to Marcel’s roster of demonstration and hands-on cooking classes. “Our popular cocktail party format is back, as is our celebration table, where the evening concludes with a beautifully appointed sit-down meal in our dining room, featuring dishes demonstrated in class,” she said.

Marcel’s is also accepting reservations for fourth-quarter private classes, parties and other special events, for groups from 10 to 40. “We have a variety of fun, food-oriented themes and formats available. Weekends book up fast, as does the entire month of December,” explained Foucré.

Classes for Young Cooks
Marcel’s continues to expand its offerings for young cooks, with classes for three age groups:

  • Little Kids (ages 6-8): A two-day culinary camp (Oct. 14-15) focuses on fall fruits and vegetables. Weekend classes include Thankgsiving-themed dishes (Nov. 16) and holiday sweets (Dec. 21). Children can bring a parent or other adult to help prepare a Halloween-themed menu (Oct. 27) or decorate a pre-assembled gingerbread house (Dec. 1).
  • Mid Kids (ages 9-11): A two-day culinary camp (Oct. 14-15) teaches basic knife skills and cooking techniques that can be applied to a wide range of dishes. Weekend offerings include Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts (Nov. 17), gingerbread house assembly and decorating (Dec. 1) and holiday baking (Dec. 15). Adults can join in preparing a Halloween menu (Oct. 27).
  • Big Kids (ages 12-16): Tweens and teens can learn to make sushi (Oct. 20), Thanksgiving side dishes (Nov. 17), or holiday sweet treats (Dec. 15).

“We’ve scheduled our culinary day camps during the Columbus Day school holiday, for parents in search of something fun yet educational for their kids to do while on break,” explained Foucré. “Not only do participants learn new skills that they can share with their friends and families, but they get to sit down together and enjoy eating what they’ve made in class.”

Fall Classes for Adults
Focused on seasonal ingredients, with several vegetarian and gluten-free options, Marcel’s is offering classes on stews from around the globe (Oct. 3), cocktails and festive fall bites (Oct. 6), casual fall bistro fare (Oct. 9), harvest lunch (Oct. 16), chowders and bisques (Oct. 24), Midwestern harvest party (Oct. 25), and fall soups and stews (Nov. 5, Nov. 14).

Holiday Classes for Adults
Marcel’s wide array of holiday-themed classes feature traditional American, international, even healthy dishes and menus. Offerings include vegetarian/gluten-free/dairy-free Thanksgiving side dishes (Nov. 12), updated Thanksgiving menu featuring roast duck (Nov. 15), Thanksgiving bootcamp (Nov. 23), ultimate party guide (Nov. 30), no-fuss holiday appetizers (Dec. 4), gifts from the kitchen (Dec. 7), spirited gifts (Dec. 8), small-bite appetizers from around the world (Dec. 12), holiday cookie extravaganza (Dec. 14), and tamale making (Dec. 14).

Marcel’s will also continue its popular series of free daytime demonstrations led by its retail staff, mainly on Tuesdays and no registration required.

For a complete schedule, visit http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com. Register at the store, online, or by 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 40 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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