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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
  • Rob Alexander of H&F Bread Company
  • Brent Banda of La Tavola Trattoria
  • 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
  • Julia LeRoy of Watershed on Peachtree
  • Mary Moore of The Cook’s Warehouse
  • Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante
  • Christian Speigal of Wahoo
  • Joe Truex of Watershed on Peachtree
  • Virginia Willis of Virginia Willis Culinary Productions
  • Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill
  • Anthony Gray of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar
  • Don Hackett of Sherlock’s Wine Merchant (Senior Wine Educator)
  • Chris Hall of Local Three
  • Robert Holley of Atlanta Fish Market
  • Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene
  • Scott Keefer of The Original El Taco
  • Gerry Klaskala of Aria
  • Jimmy Meas of Aja
  • Piero Premoli of Pricci
  • Kevin Rathbun of Krog Bar, Rathbun’s and Kevin Rathbun Steak
  • Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
  • David Sweeney of The Bakery at Cakes & Al
  • Dan Tederous of Chops Lobster Bar
  • Doug Turbush of Seed Kitchen & Bar
  • Chip Ulbrich of South City Kitchen
  • Ian Winslade of Murphy’s
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 14, 2014
Chefs Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor of Sobban
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
South by South Korea
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Sobban Korean Southern Diner represents much of what is so great about the Atlanta dining scene – fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared in a way that bridges faraway flavors with the familiarity of the South. After a successful venture with Heirloom Market BBQ, Jiyeon and Cody looked to their respective cultures before opening Sobban. Jiyeon brings her Korean heritage and techniques and fuses them with Cody’s influence rooted in foods and traditions of the deep South. Keep checking www.acfb.org for complete class menu. 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.

Register today.


 

July 21, 2014
Chef Robert Rambo of SMASH
The Cook’s Warehouse - Brookhaven
Cooking with Pickles, Spreads and Other Preserved Foods
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Chef Robert Rambo of Smash loves sharing his Southern heritage through food – including what to do with all of those jars of pickles, relishes, and spreads in your pantry.  Whether you preserved foods from your own garden or have received countless jars from friends that beg the question: “what do I do with this?”  Robert shows you how to do more than simply spread them on crackers or pour them over cream cheese!  Tonight, he’ll utilize pickles, spreads and other canned or preserved items in the following dishes: Pimento Cheese with Deviled Eggs, Pickled Okra and Pickled Cauliflower; Smoked Pork Chop with Sweet Potato and Pickled Peaches; Goat Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Pickled Cherries and Almonds. 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.

Register today.


August 4, 2014
Chef Matt Coggin of D.B.A. Barbecue
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
Barbecue Sauces, Sides & Secrets
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Ah, the elusive art of barbecue!  From starters to whet everyone’s appetite to tips on smoking your meats as well as pairing the perfect side dishes, you’ll learn it all from veteran restaurateur and pitmaster Matt Coggin.  Matt, chef and partner at D.B.A. Barbecue in Virginia-Highlands, knows a thing or two about pleasing a crowd with lip-smacking barbecue and turning a backyard BBQ into a party to remember.  Become the master of your BBQ once you learn some insider tips and recipes from Matt. Keep checking www.acfb.org for complete class menu. 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.

Register today.


August 18, 2014
Chef Billy Allin of Cakes and Ale
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
A Night with Cakes and Ale
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

We’ve heard your cries for Chef Billy and are thrilled to welcome him to Simple Abundance!  Join us tonight for a rare opportunity to learn from one of our city’s best: Chef/Proprietor Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale Restaurant in downtown Decatur. Cakes & Ale is modeled after Billy and wife Kristin’s basic dining philosophy: cook unassuming food using the highest quality ingredients and serve it in a comfortable and welcoming setting.  Sounds great, we can’t wait to see what Chef Billy has in store. Keep checking www.acfb.org for complete class menu. 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.

Register today.


September 8, 2014
Chef Steve DiFillippo of Davios & Chef Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
Davio’s and Rathbun’s: Two Restaurant Veterans
$125, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

“It’s All About the Guest” – that’s not just the title of Davio’s Chef and CEO Steve DiFillippo’s book, it’s his mantra.  With over 25 successful years in the restaurant industry, he must be doing something right!  Joining him is friend and local favorite, Kevin Rathbun, an industry icon in his own right.  Learn from these 2 great chefs, philanthropists and proprietors as they share stories, successes, and lots of great food.  Keep checking www.acfb.org for complete class menu. 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.

Register today.


September 15, 2014
Chef Andrew Isabella of No. 246
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
Seasonal Italian Dining at No. 246
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Chef Andrew Isabella, chef de cuisine of No. 246, is no stranger to Italian tradition. Growing up in an Italian family who emphasized helping people, he knew at an early age that he was destined to serve others through community outreach and drawing upon his culinary talents.  He’s right at home at No. 246, which places importance on the seasonality of locally sourced ingredients to build fresh, everyday dishes utilizing Italian cooking techniques in the heart of Decatur.  Chef Isabella says: “…I believe good food brings people together, so my passion for food also corresponds with my calling to serve others.” We’re excited to welcome him and his talents to Simple Abundance.  Keep checking www.acfb.org for complete class menu. 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.

Register today.

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.