Spice Up Your Summer: Guide to Area Cooking Classes

Spice Up Your Summer: Guide to Area Cooking Classes

Looking for a summer activity to beat the heat and spend some time indoors for a bit? Check out one of the Corridor’s cooking classes for a fun evening with friends, as a date night, or as a family!

New Pioneer Co-Op

A few years ago my husband and I took a pizza-making class and a sushi-making class at the co-op in Coralville, and we had a blast. You can check out the schedule here.

Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen at NewBo City Market

I haven’t been to a class here yet, but I am dying to go. If you haven’t been to NewBo yet you definitely need to check it out! The current Kirkwood catalog shows the dozens of choices, from keto and Whole30 to parent/child classes to canning to Indian cooking. The catalog can be viewed here.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen is located in Solon. Becky offers cooking classes for children’s birthday parties, private cooking classes, and public classes such as wood-fired pizza and fresh mozzarella. Private classes can be customized to fit the group such as corporate teambuilding, bachelorette party, or date night. You can view all of her offerings here.

Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina

Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina is located in Robins and includes lunch-and-learn sessions, kids’ classes, Asian favorites, and more. Nina also offers private parties for baby and bridal showers, DIY dinner parties, holiday dinner, and kids’ birthday parties. You can view all of her offerings here.

Iowa City Scratch Cookery

Iowa City Scratch Cookery offers private lessons for smaller groups as well as private chef services for occasions such as a dinner party. You can view all of the services here.

Happy cooking! Let us know if you check out any of these classes, and post a picture!
Our cheesy homemade pizza creation!


Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.


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