Virtual Cooking Classes

Gather Food Studio

In collaboration with David & Cortney Cook from Gather Food Studio in Old Colorado City, Arts Month 2020 is excited to offer a series of free virtual cooking classes for the community! Gather Food Studio was created to be an inclusive food community based on learning, sharing and doing. They offer in-store as well as on-line cooking classes to suit any need; whether you’re looking for laughter or classic techniques, they have a class for you. They also love offering other services based around food – kids cooking class parties, recipe development, “fix-a-recipe”, food styling, private dinner parties, knife sharpening and more! Note: registering for a virtual Arts Month 2020 cooking class signs you up to receive periodic email communications from the Cultural Office & weekly event highlights from, the region’s online community calendar.

A 20-year restaurant chef, David Cook discovered the intriguing nature of local cuisine when he tasted his first bite of kimchi. That was 30 years ago when his parents took him to a local Korean restaurant in Seoul. Since then, David has explored local cuisines and cooking methods throughout the Caribbean and U.S., with particular interest in learning how different regions use herbs and spices to create exciting takes on traditional favorites. Having studied at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, David’s formal and Classical training underpins his practical experience and creative flair for creating dishes that make the most of locally-sourced ingredients combined with herbs and spices one may not expect. Now David brings his talent and sense for the exciting to Gather Food Studio.

Cortney’s love of food starting early in life, probably while still in the womb! Born into a food obsessed family, her uncle was a chef and owned a restaurant and food and family were intertwined. Working her way through college while working at restaurants led to working in 15 restaurants by the time she was 30. Exhausted and frustrated, providence intervened in the guise of CHEFS Catalog. Combining a love of food and product, Cortney selected merchandise, developed recipes and worked with food styling for 8 years at a corporate level, until one day it came to a crashing halt as our beloved CHEFS closed. Taking  a step into entrepreneurship, she has found her calling in teaching. Specialties include:  Healthy cooking, gluten-free, diabetes, Latin cooking and spices.

Three cooking classes to choose from!

One class per family, please.

Monday, October 5
6-8 pm

The Art of Cheesemaking:
How to make Fresh Mozzarella

Has making your own cheese been on your bucket list? In this 2-hour workshop we focus in on making homemade mozzarella. Cortney will teach you how simple it is to make your own fresh cheese at home!

We’ll also talk about basic cheesemaking and different techniques for cheesemaking. Learn our tips and tricks for perfecting cheese at home in your very own kitchen.

Wednesday, October 7
6-7:30 pm

The Art of Cooking:
Spices and Spice Blending

The use of spices in cooking dates back about 6000 years. In this fun and very educational class, we are first going to start by talking about how spices traveled the globe from the Spice Islands to the Middle East and then Europe via the land routes of the Silk Road and the eventually the Spice Routes. We are going to talk about what made them so favored and prized, their uses before they cemented themselves in Culinary recipe books, and the flavoring properties that makes each spice unique.

But we are just getting started – then we will make three of most favored spice blends in the world:

  • Curry Powder (India)
  • Ras el Hanout (Morocco)
  • Quatre Epice (France)

We are also going to break each blend apart and talk about each individual spice – what it is, and how to use it in other applications, and tips and tricks for spice blending at home. If you have ever wanted to take your culinary game to the next level, this is the class for you! *You will need a spice grinder for this class if you intend on using whole spices and grinding them down.

As whole spices can be expensive, Gather Food Studio will be selling pre-measured Spice Kits available for purchase for $20. Spice Kits will need to be picked up in person ahead of time. (You can also use pre-ground spices and mix them together – but the flavor will not be as prolific.)

Thursday, October 8
6-7:30 pm

Kids in the Kitchen:
Mini Apple Hand Pies

Do your kids love to cook and bake? In this class we learn how to make a fun display piece out of a hand pie! We’ll make our own pie dough and filling, then practice our rolling, cutting and crimping! Cortney will show you several ways that you can make your pies, whether it’s a simple fork crimp for the beginning cook or a sophisticated empanada twist for the young chef. They’ll also learn how to make their own apple pie spice!

Techniques will be adjusted for all age groups, so all kids are welcome. Parents are welcome to join us!


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