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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.


July 27, 2015

Chef Luis Damian & Mixologist Bryan Scheetz of Escorpion

The Cook’s Warehouse - Midtown

Tour of Mexico

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

Escorpion is a regionally inspired Mexican tequila bar and cantina from chef-owner Riccardo Ullio that captures the authentic tastes and ingredients indigenous to Mexico.  We’re delighted to welcome Executive Chef Luis and Bryan Scheetz, who will take you on a culinary journey as explore both the food and beverages of Mexico. Chef Luis will share recipes from different regions as bar manager and mixologist Bryan talks tequila, mezcal, and more. The class menu from Chef Luis: Traditional Salsas – Classic Salsa Verde, Charbroil Roasted Salsa, Enchilada de Guajillo, Enchilada de Tomate, and Salsa de Aquacates; Classic Guacamole; Ahi Tuna Ceviche; Arrachera Taco – grilled marinated skirt steak; and Grilled Chicken Tostadas. From the bar, Bryan Scheetz will not only pair drinks – Margaritas, Mezcal; Sotol – to go with the food, he’ll teach and explain the history, production, differences and varieties of tequila, Mezcal, agaves, Marisol, and Sotol. Head South of the Border for an adventure with these two leading the way! Menu forthcoming. Evening includes 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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August 10, 2015

Chef TBD

Mystery Class

The Cook’s Warehouse – TBD

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

Ah, a mystery class. Think you can solve it? We’ve got some irons in the fire and we’re cooking up yet another fabulous and delicious cooking class featuring one of Atlanta’s top chefs. Keep checking acfb.org for updates to see which fabulous chef will teach this class. 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 – Midtown: 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324


August 17, 2015

Chef Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale

The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur

A Summer Supper from Cakes & Ale

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

At Cakes & Ale, Chef Billy Allin and wife Kristin have created a down-to-earth restaurant where they can express their creativity and passion for great food and drink and where the diner can enjoy the experience of a truly delicious meal. In this class Chef Allin will share his passion for local, sustainable food with this delightful summer supper:  Shrimp, Tomatoes, Prosciutto and Pole Bean "Salad"; Ratatouille with Fried Egg and Proof Bakeshop Crouton followed by a dessert created by baker extraordinaire Abagail Quinn, Billy’s partner at Proof Bakeshop. 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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September 21, 2015

Chef Kevin Gillespie of Revival

A Night at Revival

The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur

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

Chef Kevin Gillespie of restaurant Gunshow and a Top Chef alum has recently opened his second restaurant, Revival, in Decatur, GA. With a fresh take on the traditional, family-style Sunday dinner, and a focus on farm-raised and artisan-prepared ingredients, this is Chef Gillespie’s way of reviving and celebrating the traditional dishes he grew up eating and that represent the beautiful culinary traditions of the Deep South.  Chef Gillespie and Revival’s Executive Chef Andreas Müller want to breathe new life into the classic family-style restaurant.  During this class Chef Gillespie will demonstrate how to make a Salad of local Arugula, Fig, Country Ham, Balsamic, and Spiced Pecans; an entreé of Chicken Fried Steak with Skillet Gravy served alongside of seasonal side dish featuring what is fresh and available at the time of class; and dessert will be Chef Gillespie's Warm Banana Pudding. 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

SOLD OUT


September 28, 2015

Chef Linda Harrel of Cibo e Beve

The Cook’s Warehouse – East Cobb

Italian Zuppas

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

Chef Linda Harrell of Cibo e Beve is here to show us there is more to Italian zuppas (soups) than Minestrone!  Hearty and chock full of flavor, soups are a mainstay in Italian cooking.  As we head into fall, learn to make some authentic varieties that will be as satisfying on a chilly night with family as they are impressive for guests. During class Chef Harrel will show students how to make Tuscan Kale and Bean Soup; Pappa al Pomodoro (a tomato bread soup), and Smoked Sweet Potato Soup with crispy Prosciutto. She will also bring along handmade Cannoli because no evening is complete without a little bite of something sweet! 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 – East Cobb: 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Ste. 568, Marietta, GA 30068

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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.