Events & Tastings

Jul
17
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$110.00

During this mini version of our popular Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads hands-on baking class, we’ll take you on a brief bread-making journey through part of Italy. You’ll experience fresh baked Italian bread made from scratch including Zingerman's Bakehouse recipes for Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina. Go home with four loaves in all! And they taste even better when you've made them yourself!

Let's meet the Italian loaves of bread:

Focaccia—A tender flatbread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese. It's a great bread to enjoy as an appetizer, to serve with spreads, or to make a sandwich with. Wait until you experience focaccia warm and fresh from your own. You might want to double the recipe at home to account for the imminent snack attack that's coming to a kitchen near you.

Sicilian Sesame Semolina—Meet the bread you didn’t even know you needed in your life. Its claim to flavor fame is something to see, and taste of course. The entire loaf is rolled in unhulled sesame seeds before baking. The natural oil in all those seeds that cover the dough gets slowly roasted in the oven, contributing an intense flavor and aroma, not to mention a lovely little crunch. And that’s just the crust! Inside there’s a firm, rich, and almost cake-like crumb made with golden semolina flour yielding a beautiful yellow interior. The same flour is often used to make pasta.

Our Sicilian Sesame Semolina bread begs to be toasted, griddled, or broiled to turn the flavor dial up even higher. It loves to be paired with garlic butter, pesto, olive tapenade, or a sprinkle of good parmesan. Trust us, fellow bread lover, you want to give Sicilian Sesame Semolina a whirl.

Our Mini Mambo Italiano: Italian Bread class is an action-packed four hours of Italian bread baking guided by our experienced baking instructors. You'll cover all the essential techniques, including finding out what in the world a poolish is and why you need it to make these loaves of bread, how to handle yeasted doughs, proper kneading, shaping your loaves, finding out when your loaves are ready to bake, and more. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice.

After our baking experts demonstrate how to successfully execute these recipes before your very eyes, you'll try your hand at making them yourself. And our classes are small, 12 or fewer students, so our instructors can answer your individual questions. After practicing in that rich learning environment, you'll have the skills to bake these Italian breads at home any time you want. It could satisfy your cravings for both a fresh warm loaf of Italian bread and an Italian holiday at the same time.

You'll leave BAKE! with Zingerman's Bakehouse Italian bread recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two rounds of Focaccia, two loaves of Sesame Semolina, dough to make more Sesame Semolina bread at home later, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I was looking for bread baking tips and ended up learning tons. I've always been a big fan of baking and this class has inspired me to try baking different types of bread. —Zixuan W.

Fantastic class with just the right mix of art and science. —Bridget W.

Jul
18
2020
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$575.00

Our BAKE!-cations® are the ultimate experience for the home baker! We guide you through a comprehensive education in baking techniques in a fun, exciting, relaxed and always hands-on classroom full of good humor and expert instruction. Your BAKE!-cation® includes breakfast and lunch every day, and you'll need an empty suitcase to bring home all the great food you've made!

Don’t miss this very special 2-day weekend full of sweet and savory recipes that are the top picks of Zingerman’s Bakehouse staff. You’ll learn a wide variety of techniques when you make and watch demonstrations of Ginger Jump Up cookies, Buenos Aires Brownies, Coconut Cream Pie, Brioche Buns, French Baguettes, Cinnamon Rolls, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Somodi Kálacs. Phew! Bakers know how to eat!

You’ll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

The instruction, set up, help, results, and encouragement of the Zingerman's staff provides a safe environment for new bakers as well as wonderful expertise for experts! —Wendy R.

I look forward to my weekend away each year! —Deb B.

It just blows me away how much we can learn in only 2 days. —Colleen M.

Jul
18
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

Fruit tarts are a favorite of food photographers because they look soooo sweet and fresh and just say “summertime.” When you see too many of them on the covers of glossy magazines, you start to get the idea that they’re for experts only. Don’t believe it. We’ll show you how to make the sweet and tender pâte sucrée tart shells and rich vanilla pastry cream. Then we’ll compose our tarts together, teaching you how to arrange the fruit in an artful way. Next time you see a succulent tart gracing the cover of Fine Cooking, you won’t be fooled.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one large fruit tart you made in class and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun baking class. Instructors not only teach us, but give each one of us the time and attention to learn and practice. They all are very professional!!! —Jinny S.

Being able to practice new techniques in a class where I can get help & feedback gives me the confidence to try them at home. —Jane B.

Was so much fun! I have already told my mum we are coming back next year. —Bex S.

Jul
18
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

Learn to make your own buttery laminated puff pastry. We'll start with the very popular Bakehouse sweet treat: the palmier, a crisp caramelized French cookie. You'll alsomake savory cheese straws with Parmigiano Reggiano®. We'll then demonstrate how to make turnovers. Get expert tips on making delicious and oh-so-versatilepuff pastry from scratch. These are great recipes and skills to have, especially for those who like to entertain.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 1 dozenpalmiers, cheese straws, dough to bake later, and great coupons.

**You may want to bring a cooler to put your take-home dough in if you are traveling more than an hour to attend class.

What our guests have to say about the class:

I came specifically to improve previous efforts with palmiers. What I made today is many times the quality I've managed on my own. Thank you so, so much!! —Anon

Jul
19
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$75.00

A great class for beginning bakers. Learn the keys to flaky and tender scones, such as how to properly cut the butter into the flour. You’ll make three varieties of Bakehouse buttery scones—sweet crystallized ginger, savory cheddar herb, and flavorful Mother scones, made with freshly milled organic einkorn, which is known as "the mother of all wheat." Scones are simple to make and really delicious fresh out of your oven at home, so these recipes will surely become some of your favorites to reach for!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, three dozen scones you made in class, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I will be making scones in my home baking, I didn't realize that they could taste so GOOD! Thank you! —Kristen S.

The amount of scientific knowledge about baking was fascinating. —Joshua A.

I actually thought it was going to be more difficult, but I had no problem following along. And the scones are delicious! Taking this class made me feel much more confident to be able to make these at home and I am a very amateur baker. —Sarah B.

Jul
19
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$150.00

Make this popular street food from start to finish from Shih-Wen Wu, an instructor for the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan. Chinese Steamed Buns also known as Baozi or simply known as Bao, are a very popular food in Chinese cuisine. Along city streets, you can often find street vendors selling all kinds of Baozi. Buns can come in a variety of shapes and sizes with various fillings. Savory buns come filled with meat, fish, or vegetables, some seasoned with BBQ or hot spices. Sweet buns are filled with red bean paste; lotus seed paste, custard, black sesame, chocolate, or come as just plain steamed dough (Man-tou). Buns are usually steamed, but can also come pan-fried. You will learn how to knead and make different shapes of bao and we will finish with steam and pan-fried savory (pork with vegetable) bao and steamed sweet (Adzuki red bean) buns (demo). This hands-on class will open the door to experience a new world of Chinese cooking.

You’ll leave BAKE! With recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the buns you made in class and great coupons.

Jul
20
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$375.00

For kids ages 10-12.

Save the date! Details of the class content will be posted in February.

You’ll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class, and great coupons. For kids ages 10-12.

Jul
22
2020
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$130.00

Fruit tarts are a favorite of food photographers because they look soooo sweet and fresh and just say “summertime.” When you see too many of them on the covers of glossy magazines, you start to get the idea that they’re for experts only. Don’t believe it. We’ll show you how to make the sweet and tender pâte sucrée tart shells and rich vanilla pastry cream. Then we’ll compose our tarts together, teaching you how to arrange the fruit in an artful way. Next time you see a succulent tart gracing the cover of Fine Cooking, you won’t be fooled.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one large fruit tart you made in class and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun baking class. Instructors not only teach us, but give each one of us the time and attention to learn and practice. They all are very professional!!! —Jinny S.

Being able to practice new techniques in a class where I can get help & feedback gives me the confidence to try them at home. —Jane B.

Was so much fun! I have already told my mum we are coming back next year. —Bex S.

Jul
23
2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$130.00

Our most popular class of the year!Join us to get into the holiday spirit and make four varieties of festive fancy cookies worthy of your family cookie plate.It is guaranteed fun and is known to inspire new family traditions!

The 2019cookie lineup has a little bit of everything—chocolatey, nutty, spiced, orfruity, there's a cookie for every taste.

Nanaimo Bars
A rich 3-layer bar cookie with chocolate and coconut, originally from Nanaimo (pronounced nah-NIGH-moe), a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Hazelnut Croquets
These crunchy French treats are like a cross between biscotti and meringue cookies—betcha can't eat just one.

Catalan Rousquilles
A ring-shaped sweet biscuit particular to Catalonia, flavored with aniseed and covered with a thin layer of icing. Deceptively delicious!

Aleksandrs Cake from Gretchen Kopmanis
Our Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie Contest winner! A Latvian red currant & raspberry layered shortbread with a lemon icing that originated with Gretchen's husband's family. This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 8 dozen cookies, and great coupons.

This special class has some special rules:
-If you cancel a Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie class with more than 7 days notice, you will receive a full refund or credit towards a future class.Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation.We're sorry, there will be no refunds or credits for Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie classes cancelled with less than 7 days notice or for missed classes.You are welcome to send someone in your place.
-Our repeat class discount does not apply to Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies.

Jul
24
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$110.00

In the late 1800s Hungary enjoyed a coffeehouse culture of delicious fancy tortes and great coffee. Philosophers, artists, musicians and politicians gathered in coffeehouses to share ideas and camaraderie while eating cake! We’ll teach you to make oneof the classics.

Together, we'll make Esterházy Torta, an elegant dessert that could end up being your hallmark.It’s made up of thin, soft layers of toasted walnut cake, filled with a luscious Swiss vanilla and toasted walnut buttercream, and topped with a white and dark chocolate poured fondant glaze in a distinctive design resembling the traditional French Napoleon pastry.It’s a classic sold at all traditional Hungarian bakeries. Join us for some Hungarian flavor!

You'll leave BAKE! with ourrecipes, theknowledge to recreate them at home, one Esterházy Torta, and great coupons.