Sweet Basil’s Cooking School, like the store, started out small in 1993. We’ve grown since then, but the focus is still the same: offer mostly hands-on recreational cooking classes that are both fun and informative in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. We recruit instructors with solid experience who not only have the ability to teach cooking but enjoy doing so.
The only classes that are not hands-on are our weekly Lunch & Learn classes (every Friday from Noon-1PM) and the occasional guest chef class. Both are listed in the class description with an uppercase DEMONSTRATION.
We offer an average of ten classes per week which are listed in a quarterly Cooking School Schedule.
Winter: January – February – March
Spring: April – May – June
Summer: July – August – September
Fall: October – November – December
COOKING SCHOOL FAQs
Each Class Includes: Water and Ice Tea, a loaner apron, a copy of the class recipes, a meal of the dishes prepared in the class. All you need is a pen to takes notes & we recommend comfortable shoes.
>>For young chef classes during the year the age range is from 8-18
>>Summer Kids Cook Camps: 8-12
>>Summer Teens Cook Camps: 13-18
>>Students for adult cooking classes must be 18
Lunch & Learn – This class meets on Fridays from 12Noon – 1PM. It is a DEMONSTRATION class.
Gourmet Couples – This class meets on Fridays from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. It is for two food-loving people who join other couples to prepare & enjoy a 3-course dinner
Kids Cook & Teens Cook Summer Camps – Each summer there is a series of week-long Cook Camps for Kids (8-12) and Teens (13-18).
• Kids Cook Camps meet from 9:30AM-12Noon, Monday-Friday.
• Teens Cook Camps meet from 2PM – 4:30PM, Monday-Friday.
• Cook Camps are in June, July and early August.
• Each Cook Camp has a different menu.
• Each camper receives a copy of the week’s menus and a meal of the dishes prepared.
COOKING CLASS SCHEDULES
The Class Schedules are available on our website in two formats on a panel on the right side of any web page under the slide show:
Classes by Month: Class status is maintained frequently for these listings
Quarterly 3-Month Schedules in PDF format available to view or download
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS
Registering for a class is as simple as picking up the phone and calling Sweet Basil at 480-596-5628. Please have your credit card or gift certificate # with you. We do ask that payment be made at the time of enrollment. Once you are registered, you have confirmation of being enrolled. Put the class on your schedule and we’ll see you for the class(es) in which you have enrolled.
A Cooking Class at Sweet Basil makes a great gift!
HOW TO CANCEL A CLASS
If you must cancel a class, we will give you credit for another class with 72 hours or more notice. This credit is good for one year for other classes and we keep track of it at the store. If you want a refund for a class you have registered for, we require a week or more notice from the date of the class. No credit or refunds can be given with less than 72 hours notice before a class.
KIDS COOK & TEENS COOK CAMPS CANCELLATION POLICY
Please select the dates for your Kids Cook & Teens Cook Summer Camps carefully. There are no refunds given for canceling Kids & Teens Cooking Summer Camps. Kids & Teens Summer Cooking Camp classes that are canceled up to one week before the class, will receive credit for other classes.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CLASS
It’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes ahead of the start of class so that you have the advantage of choosing your seat.
When you arrive, you should stop by the front desk to check in, then proceed to the kitchen to find a place to sit. There is water and iced tea available, please help yourself. Also make a name tag. Find a seat with an apron and recipe packet. Ladies can find a hook under the counter in front of your seat for your purse.
We sit for a half hour at the beginning of class for the recipe review and after that the class is invited into the kitchen. If you would like to sit and watch rather than participate, that is fine with us. All of our seats provide good vantage points of the kitchen.
At the beginning of class when the instructor reviews the recipes, we strongly encourage questions about any of the recipes. After the recipes are reviewed, students are invited into the kitchen to wash hands, then find the station with the recipe you would like to make. Everything you need has been set-up at each cooking station, but if you need an ingredient, utensil or how to turn on a stove top, don’t be shy to ask the instructor or assistant so that you can proceed with your cooking.
When all the food is ready, the chef will set up a buffet or will initiate plating of all the foods prepared. You will be able to have a full meal of the foods prepared. If you’re taking an evening class, it might be a good idea to have a little something before you come because the food will be ready to eat after 8:30 PM. All food prepared at Sweet Basil must be eaten here. Sorry, no doggie bags or leftovers may be taken home.
During the meal, the class usually discusses how the preparation went and the chef will answer any questions that you have.