Virtual Cooking Classes

Gather Food Studio

In collaboration with David Cook & Cortney Smith from Gather Food Studio in Old Colorado City, Arts Month 2021 is excited to offer another 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 one of the free Arts Month 2021 cooking classes will automatically sign 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.

Laurie met Cortney and Dave as a student in their cooking classes. She enjoyed their friendship and being part of their cooking community, following and helping them along their journey to open Gather Food Studio. Ultimately, Cortney and Dave provided Laurie with the inspiration to pursue a dream she had for many years…attending culinary school. As soon as she retired from her Air Force career, Laurie immersed herself in the culinary world, and graduated from the Cookstreet School of Culinary Arts in Denver in 2018. She has since developed a fascination (ok, obsession) with baking breads and is excited to share her baking skills with the Gather community.

Three virtual cooking classes to choose from!

One class per family, please.

Sunday, October 3
2-5 pm

“Beef Wellington Demo”
with David Cook

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

Beef Wellington is the iconic British (and in a way, French) dish of beef tenderloin topped with foie gras, mushroom duxelle, and wrapped in puff pastry and baked. This class will cover:


  • A demonstration on how to breakdown a whole beef tenderloin.
  • How to make mushroom duxelle.
  • How to work with Foie Gras How to sear the tenderloin, wrap it in puff pastry and bake it.
  • How to cut and plate a beautiful slice of Beef Wellington.

Monday, October 4
5-6 pm

“The Art of Pie Crust”
with Cortney Smith

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

Join Cortney as she takes you through the art of pie crust. This tricky favorite is more touch and feel than perfect measurements.  Learn how to make a perfect butter crust, then Cortney teaches you several different styles of rolling and crimping.  Learn the tips and tricks to making a beautiful and delicious pie crust that you can impress with this holiday season. Cortney will also include two great pie recipes for you to try with your perfect crust.

Saturday, October 9
1-3 pm

“Garden Art Focaccia Bread Demo”
with Laurie Carroll

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

In celebration of Arts Month 2021, expand your Culinary Arts skills with Focaccia as your blank canvas! Learn how to make focaccia bread dough and  prepare the garnishes, then Laurie will show you how to stretch, decorate, and bake a “Van Dough” masterpiece!

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