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They’re almost too good to be true: Cooking classes taught by Atlanta’s finest chefs, at a variety of locations – all in The Cook’s Warehouse state-of-the-art kitchens. Even better, 100% of the proceeds benefit ACFB. 

Each class lasts two hours, and ticket prices begin at $55. Most are demonstration-based, with chefs preparing a sampling of recipes. On occasion, we do offer hands-on classes. Classes wouldn’t be complete without tastings, samplings and a chance to win door prizes. 

Chefs not only donate their time, but they also bring their own ingredients. The Cook’s Warehouse donates their space in four locations: Brookhaven, Decatur, East Cobb and Midtown/Ansley Mall.

For more information, contact Simple Abundance at simpleabundance@acfb.org or 404.892.FEED (3333) x1248

FAQ

When and how often are Simple Abundance Cooking Classes offered? 
Classes are offered an average of two Monday evenings each month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Class dates are arranged to accommodate our chefs’ schedules.

Where are the classes held?
The Cook’s Warehouse offer their state-of-the-art kitchen space in four different locations:

  • Brookhaven at 4062 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30319
  • Decatur at 180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. , Decatur 30030
  • East Cobb at 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite 568, Marietta 30068
  • Midtown/Ansley Mall at 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta 30324

Are the recipes easy to learn?
Our goal is to provide classes that give our participants new skills in their own kitchens. While some classes are more advanced than others, most recipes are surprisingly easy to create at home!

Do we get to taste the food?
Of course! Class would not be complete without your chance to sample everything that was prepared by the chef. Each class also includes wine tastings and a chance to win door prizes.

Do the classes ever focus on specific techniques?
Absolutely. Our chefs have shared their own unique twists on everything from pickling and iron-skillet cooking to sauces and grilling! 

How do you choose the chefs who teach your classes?
The cause of hunger is one that many chefs embrace, and ACFB has received incredible support from Atlanta’s hospitality industry throughout the years. We invite chefs from the best establishments in town, and most often they are glad to help. Many have returned to teach again after their initial experience.

Who are some of the chefs on your roster?
We’ve been fortunate to have a wonderful roster of chefs!  See an extensive list of Simple Abundance chefs.

Are Simple Abundance Chefs involved in other hunger relief efforts?
Yes. Many participate in gala fundraisers such as Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation. Several also host Supper Club, ACFB’s monthly dine-out event.

Sign me up!  How do I register, and when is payment due?  
Register for individual classes either through the Register tab or on our Events page. Payment is due upon registration. If you need to cancel we require notice 48 hours in advance. A one-time class credit will be issued for a future class.

The chefs who donate their time and talent to teach ACFB’s Simple Abundance Cooking Classes are the cream of the crop! Many have been featured on Top Chef or Iron Chef, received the prestigious James Beard Award, and/or authored their own cookbooks. See below for a sampling of some of our most popular Simple Abundance Chefs:

  • Hugh Acheson of Empire State South
  • Archna Becker of Bhojanic
  • Drew Belline of No. 246
  • Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina
  • Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy
  • Ron Eyester of Rosebud and The Family Dog
  • Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen, No. 246 and The Optimist
  • Mary Moore of The Cook’s Warehouse
  • Virginia Willis of Virginia Willis Culinary Productions
  • Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill
  • Don Hackett of Sherlock’s Wine Merchant (Senior Wine Educator)
  • Chris Hall of Local Three
  • Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene
  • Gerry Klaskala of Aria
  • Piero Premoli of Pricci
  • Kevin Rathbun of Krog Bar, Rathbun’s and Kevin Rathbun Steak
  • Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
Upcoming Classes

Classes are first-come, first-served and often fill up quickly. To register, please scroll down to class schedule and click on the link to our secure site. Please have your credit card information handy.

Please note that the non-refundable class tuition fee is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is accepted no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled class. No cash refunds will be given. A one-time class credit will be issued, based upon schedule availability.

Menu Changes: All class menus are subject to change at any time due to seasonality, availability and/or the chef's discretion.


April 27, 2015

Chef Martin Pfefferkorn of Polaris

Polaris – Revisiting an Icon

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Polaris is back and better than ever! The iconic “blue dome” restaurant atop the Hyatt Regency has been part of the Atlanta landscape since 1967.  After a recent renovation and grand reopening, and the addition of Chef Martin Pfefferkorn to the team, the Polaris has redefined itself as a downtown destination. Whether your last visit to Polaris was recent or a fond memory from years past, join us tonight and see what they are cooking up these days! Chef Martin will delight you with a menu of Yellow Watermelon Gazpacho with rooftop mint and honey; Avocado, Cucumber and Strawberry Salad; Sauteed Georgia White Shrimp with lobster cream and stone ground grits; and Strawberry Shortcake. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324

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May 4, 2015

Chef Luca Varuni of Varuni Napoli

Dishes from My Childhood in Italy

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

For tonight’s class menu, Chef Luca reflects on the comforting dishes his mother served at home during his childhood in Italy. Learn the secrets that everyone wants to know about these authentic, homemade Italian favorites: Stuffed Peppers, Eggplant Parmesan, Mamma Graffe (donuts with cream), and one “surprise dish” that Luca wants to keep a secret! The evening will be full of surprises as Chef Luca also promises an appearance by a very special guest. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324

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May 18, 2015

Chef Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani

Indian Street Food Favorites

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Some of the most tasty, fun and affordable food of any country is its street food, and that’s just what Chai Pani offers at its Decatur restaurant. In addition to the thalis (traditional family meals highlighting India’s amazing culinary diversity), Chai Pani’s menu also features chaat – the crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored street snacks found in the food stalls of India. Explore the street snacks of India as James Beard award nominated Chef Meherwan Irani shares his heritage and passion through a tasty class menu that is forthcoming. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur: 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

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June 1, 2015

Chef Edwin Molina of Double Zero Napoletana

Explore the Flavors of Campania

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Double Zero, its name taken from the imported Italian “00” flour used to make Neapolitan pizza, is known for its outstanding, wood-fired pizzas - but there is much more! This contemporary Southern Italian restaurant offers dishes from the Campania region of Italy, including pizza, fresh pastas and seafood, indigenous cured meats and cheeses, unique Antipasti & Sfizi, handmade pastries, gelato, and bread, as well as composed entrees offering a unique spin on classic regional dishes. Check acfb.org for  the class menu, coming soon. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324

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June 8, 2015

Chef Eric Roberts of The Iberian Pig

Traditional Spanish Flavors

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

The Iberian Pig combines the tastes of Spain, with a fresh, eclectic, American social atmosphere.  Its menu, which focuses on traditional cured meats and Spanish cheese, along with tapas, salads and flatbreads, honors traditional Spanish flavor combinations with modern techniques and culinary creativity. Join Chef Eric Roberts tonight as he bridges the old and new. Check acfb.org for class menu, coming soon. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur: 180 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

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June 15, 2015

Chef Matt Marcus of Portofino

A Night at Portofino

$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Portofino features American-Italian cuisine offering a selection of simple pastas, innovative bistro-style appetizers and entrees. Chef Matt Marcus joins Simple Abundance this evening to demonstrate a typical bistro meal of Grilled Sardines with capers, shallot, and tomato with preserved lemon and parsley; fresh Homemade Black Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Bottarga; and Fava Bean Tapenade made with summer onion, blossoms, orange-scented olive oil, mint and calabrese powder. Evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324

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Sponsors

Simple Abundance Cooking Classes would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thanks to Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine for helping get the word out; The Cook’s Warehouse for providing kitchens for our classes; Hey! Roger Design & Illustration for designing our brochure; Gordo’s Print Service for printing the brochures; Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese for providing door prizes for each class; and National Distributors and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant for providing our wine tastings.