Events & Tastings

Mar
15
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

Every baker should know how to make a pie crust. You never stood on a chair to help Grandma bake a pie? You don’t get many second chances in life, but here’s your opportunity to learn how she did it.

In this class, we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make a pie crust the Zingerman's way—creating a flaky crust with butter, and another crust using lard and butter (no shortening allowed!). We'll teach you how to make the dough by hand, successfully roll it out, show you what par-baking a crust is, and how to crimp the edges to make your pies look beautiful. Pie flavors for this class vary by season (Apr-Sept: cherry and seasonal fruit, Oct-Mar: apple and pecan). Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun so you can tell all your friends you learned how to make a pie crust.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to make pie crust at home, two 10-inch pies, and great coupons.

*We're sorry. Our repeat class discount does not apply to November Thanksgiving pie classes.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I thought I knew plenty about pie crust and was hoping for more confidence and consistency. I learned more than I could've everimagined. Encouraging, no-judgment environment, knowledgable teachers, great value. —Josh B.

I am so much more confident and I can't wait to try these crusts at home. First time in 100 years that I made a crust that fit the pan, was delicious, and didn't come from a box. —Lee Anne S.

Have long feared the pie, even though I made okay ones. Techniques=confidence=more pies. My friends will thank you. —Susan L.

Mar
15
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

You can make your own fresh pasta at home! You’ll get hands-on practice with various pasta rolling and shaping techniques.

BAKE! up some memories with your kids! Spend quality time in our teaching kitchen making something delicious together. Then we'll clean up the mess while you head home to enjoy what you made. These are modified versions of our classes—still hands-on, same great recipes, just scaled back a bit for younger students. Family groups work on each recipe together and take home what they made in class.

Family groups are:

one adult two children (ages 7 to 13)
or two adults and one child (age 7 to 13)

There is a minimum of two and a maximum of three people per family group.

Mar
15
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$110.00

It’s no secret that we love rye around here. In this class, you’ll learn to make the rye Zingerman’s is famous for—three different kinds of it, to be exact. You’ll make Onion Rye, Pumpernickel, and Vorterkaker, a Norwegian 100% rye. Each loaf has its own unique personality you’re sure to love. Onion rye is brimming with flavor thanks to fresh, caramelized onions and lots of poppy seeds baked inside and on top. Our old world-style Pumpernickel bread is dark, moist, and full of flavor. It’s made with the same detailed process and organic rye sour as its cousin, our famous Jewish Rye bread. And Vorterkaker? You’ve never baked a bread like this before. It’s a traditional bread baked into a flat disc and flavored with fennel and anise seeds.

No matter which loaf you like best, your sandwiches will be sending you thank you notes!

Curious about rye and can’t wait for the class?

Although it’s our sweetheart grain, it has taken second place to wheat and barley in world history. Rye was a wild weed in Mesopotamia, the original breadbasket of the world, and there’s some evidence that it was domesticated and grown intermittently before wheat and barley became the prominent grains there. The first written records of rye didn’t speak as highly of the tasty grain as we do: Around 77 C.E., the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder remarked that rye was “a very poor food and good only to avert starvation.” (Sorry, Pliny, but we disagree!)

In later history, rye became the staple grain of the poor. Most daily bread of the Jews in Eastern Europe had very little wheat in it because of the expense. The poorer the community, the darker and more rye-filled the bread. Sometimes caraway or chernushka was added to the bread, imparting some additional flavor to what is otherwise a relatively mild-tasting grain. Most Americans think that rye has a very strong flavor, but that’s really the caraway that is often added to the dough, not the rye itself.

In September 1992, we recreated rye loaves reminiscent of those made by Jewish bakers of Poland and Russia 200 years earlier. All of the rockin’ rye varieties you’ll make in class are moist and full of flavor, thanks in no small part to our organic rye sour starter. We also use what we call “old” in our recipe. It’s simply rye bread from a previous day mixed with water to make a mush. It adds to the texture of the bread and spiritually connects today to yesterday, recognizing the circularity of our lives. We use more rye flour and less yeast than other bakeries, bake our loaves on a stone hearth, and mist the crust with water right out of the oven. That quick steam makes the thin crust shiny and crispy.

Following these old traditions, we were honored by Saveur magazine, which called our efforts “America’s best rye.” Frankly, we’re still blushing about it.

Come and learn how to make this rye bread in your own home. You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, fourloaves of bread you made in class, rye sour to make more bread at home and great coupons.

Mar
15
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

Before people find out how good our cakes taste, they comment on how good they look. Decorating might be the most fun part of cake making and it’s your chance to really put your personal touch on your dessert. Learn the basics for a decorated cake. We’ll split several cakes, fill, crumb coat, and ice them. We'll spend time practicing with different piping tips to make shells, rosettes, vines, leaves, and letters on a cake or any dessert.Practice makes perfect so you’ll get plenty of that.Finally, you'll have time to let your creativity flow as you put all that practice to work by decorating your cake.

You'll leave BAKE! with the knowledge to decorate cakes at home, a cake you decorated in class, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I really enjoyed the hands-on aspect and I learned new skills that will help me. —Abigail Q.

So fun. Perfect amount of instruction vs. hands-on work. I can't wait to get more active with my baking! — Stacey K.

So fun! Super organized, great for beginners (and probably experts! But I'm not one...) —Kelly D.

Mar
18
2020
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$110.00

Learn to make a few of our best selling Zingerman’s Bakehouse soups! Stir up some flavor with these recipes—classic, comforting Chicken Noodle Soup, plus Sri Lankan Lentil, a warming coconut white curry. We’ll also demonstrate some crispy crackers for dipping in your delicious soups. You’ll learn valuable cooking skills that are the building blocks of making great soups at home.

Mar
19
2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$130.00

Let's make dinner together! We’ll bake our way through some classic American favorites sure to bring a little comfort to your table. First, we’ll make a hearty Meatball Pie with red sauce and a double crust. Next, we’ll mix up some crusty rolls to dip in all that sauce. We’ll also demonstrate a blue cheese dressing for a wedge salad. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper meal without dessert, so let’s make Pineapple Upside Down Cake to cap it off!

You'll go home with the recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home and dinner for four!

Mar
19
2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$110.00

We’re milling up some seriously tasty whole grain treats! Wanna learn how to make ‘em too? We’ll use our own freshly milled whole grain to bake up Double Chocolate Cookies, Big O’ oatmeal raisin cookies, and crazy-good Bakehouse graham crackers. You’ll be amazed at the flavor difference FMWG can make. You gotta taste it for yourself!

Mar
20
2020
10:30 am to 11:00 am
$10.00

It's never too soon to start honing your expert palate, so join us for this JUST FOR YOUNGER KIDS tasting event where we'll read a story and learn to taste like an expert! Today is an extra special event because we'll be celebrating the Deli's Birthday!! We'll be reading Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss and then tasting a few of our favorite cake flavors! The best part for us is that we'll be teaching your kids to taste the food like an expert - using the 5 steps to tasting great food.

Mar
20
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$130.00

One of our most popular classes! Your family and house guests won't soon forget waking up to the aroma of butter, cinnamon, andbrown sugar from freshly baked sweet rolls. Join us and find out how it's done. Learn the basic techniques of creating a sweet dough, including mixing, kneading and rolling, hand-shaping your rolls, and properly proofing them. We'll also demonstrate how to make pecan sticky buns, a staff favorite. Wait until you taste these warm from the oven in class!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, dough to bake at home later, a half dozen big cinnamon rolls and a cinnamon roll wreath you made in class, plus great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I've been baking for years and have worked in a bakery—I just love learning new tricks I might not know. —Barb S.

The cinnamon rolls were as light as pillows and the taste was pure heaven. —Joyce S.

Such a nice experience! I don't have much baking experience and I loved every minute of it! —Jolie S.

This was my best class yet, out of probably a dozen. I love the versatility of what I can do with the dough. —Beth S.

Mar
20
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$130.00

The secret is out! Learn the recipe for Zingerman's signature sour cream coffee cake with ribbons of cinnamon brown sugar and toasted walnuts. It’s a Bakehouse classic that graces the cover of our cookbook (find it at most Zingerman's locations and wherever you buy books), not to mention coffee cakes are our most popular Mail Order gift.

In class, you’ll also make a couple of other cakes near and dear to us, the lovely olive oil and citrus cake and rich almond pound cake. These are sure to be treasured recipes in your house for years to come!

You'll leave BAKE! with Zingerman's Bakehouse coffee cake recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, threecoffee cakes, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

The quality of instruction is unsurpassed. This class taught us how to make the three most amazing cakes. I am very pleased to have these recipes and the knowledge to prepare them. Zingerman's is in the inspiration business—BAKE! classes never disappoint! —Dara K.

Family and friends think I'm a professional baker thanks to Zingerman's. —Randy T.

It is so fun, you learn a tonabout the "whys" of baking (why certain ingredients, why a certain order, etc.), a ton of helpful tips & tricks, and sampling to boot! I have the urge to be more and more creative at home, trying things I never have before. —Lisa D.