Virtual Cooking Classes

Gather Food Studio

In collaboration with David Cook & Cortney Smith from Gather Food Studio in Old Colorado City, Arts Month 2022 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 2022 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.

Three virtual cooking classes to choose from!

Register for one, two, or all three of the classes!

Sunday, October 2
2-3:30 PM

“The Art of Kimchi Making”
with David Cook

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

In celebration of Arts Month 2022, Dave is going to teach you how to make authentic homemade kimchi. Kimchi is the very traditional fermented cabbage side dish of Korean cuisine. Its unique flavor comes from chiles, garlic, ginger, and lots of red pepper that are mixed with cabbage and then undergo lactic acid fermentation where it sours and gets effervescent.


This is a free, online demonstration. *Recipes and Zoom link will be emailed out 24 hours prior to the class. Only one (1) registration is needed per household.


On the menu:

  • Introduction to authentic ingredients to make Kimchi
  • How to make and ferment Kimchi at home

Monday, October 3
6-7 PM

“The Art of The Tart:
Puff Pastry Workshop”
with Cortney Smith

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

Do you want to learn how to make your own puff pastry? In celebration of Arts Month 2022, Cortney will walk you through step-by-step how to make this easier version of “rough” puff that you can make right at home! Learn how to laminate dough, then learn the best technique to get light, puffy layers in your very own homemade puff pastry. Never buy the premade puff at the grocery store again!


This special online class is a demonstration, but includes 3 recipes for you to replicate at home! Feel free to make your rough puff pastry dough with Cortney, then finish it after class ends (or the next day).


This is a free, online demonstration. *Recipes and Zoom link will be emailed out 24 hours prior to the class. Only one (1) registration is needed per household.


On the menu:

  • Rough Puff Pastry
  • Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart
  • Apple & Almond Mini Tarts

Saturday, October 8
11 AM-12:30 PM

“Flambeed Desserts”
with David Cook

(Virtual, up to 100 people)

What is more romantic and visually eye appealing than desserts that are made tableside with a little bit of flame? In celebration of Arts Month 2022, Dave will show you how to make three desserts that use an alcohol to create flavor (and a bit of fire) to impress your guests and really bring the “WOW” factor to the end of a meal. If you are having company over for any of the upcoming holidays, this is a class is a must – you’ll be the talk of the table!


This is a free, online demonstration. *Recipes and Zoom link will be emailed out 24 hours prior to the class. Only one (1) registration is needed per household.


On the menu:

  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Bananas Foster
  • Crepes Suzette (with a lights down, really cool presentation)


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