Glen Ellyn, IL (PRWEB) May 29, 2014
As warmer weather finally reaches the Midwest, 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 third quarter 2014 class schedule featuring seasonal produce and cooking methods, offerings for young cooks, and a new guest demonstration series.
“As we approach the end of our third year in business, we’re repeating and expanding some of our most-requested classes, plus adding some new topics and formats to appeal to cooks of all ages and skill levels,” explained Marcel’s owner Jill Foucré.
Returning by popular demand are classes throughout the quarter on all aspects of canning, pickling and preserving summer’s bounty; using homegrown, farmers’ market, CSA and other seasonal produce; several variations on grilling; and some cocktail-themed events.
“Executive Chef Kelly Sears recently completed pickling and preserving classes with award-winning local chef Paul Virant, author of The Preservation Kitchen, and she’s excited about sharing her new-found knowledge,” said Foucré.
For the third summer, Marcel’s has designed single- and multi-day cooking camps to keep school-age children engaged during the break. Sessions throughout the summer target “little kids” (ages 6-8), “mid kids” (ages 9-11) and “big kids” (ages 12-16). There’s even a class to arm new and returning college students with skills and recipes to make meal time on campus easier and more affordable.
A variety of special guests take center stage next quarter during Marcel’s midday Tuesday cooking demonstrations. Daily Herald Food Editor Deb Pankey kicks off the free events July 1, with a step-by-step how-to and sampling of Bites and Libations for a Summer Soirée. Subsequent guest cooks include Marcel’s students, customers and others from the Glen Ellyn area who applied to participate. All demos are free and take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., no reservations required.
Meanwhile, Marcel’s internationally themed classes expand into some new locales next quarter, including the mythical Greek island of Santorini, the barbeque grills of Korea, and Barcelona, Spain.
Marcel’s Chef Mentor series, featuring the primary influences on the school’s teaching chefs, continues with classes devoted to the teachings of Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) and renowned cooking teacher and former Chicago area resident Monique Hooker.
And Glen Ellyn resident Renée DiSanto, owner of Frost Cake Design (http://www.frostcakedesign.com), will teach a workshop on piping and making edible flowers. Each participant will decorate and take home a small cake.
“As always, most classes include a complete meal, plus wine or beer for adults attending evening classes,” said Foucré. Participants also receive a 10% discount on all retail purchases made at Marcel’s the day of the class.
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.