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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

Class Schedule:  

 

April 21, 2014
Entertaining with Les Dames d’Escoffier
Chefs Virginia Willis, Tamie Cook, Holly Chute, Jennifer Booker, Cathy Conway and Hospitality Expert Sandra Banks
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
$75, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. Atlanta Dames include chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives. LDEI has been a long-time friend of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Tonight LDEI will partner with ACFB for a special evening of education and entertainment. Hospitality expert Sandra Banks of Added Touch Catering will share tips and techniques on spectacular entertaining at home. Chef Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering will start us off with a Tomato Tarte Tatin and Chef Tamie Cook will prepare Parsley Salad with Early Spring Vegetables and Walnut Vinaigrette. Chef Holly Chute will share her recipe for Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushrooms and Artichokes to partner with Chef Jennifer Booker’s Quinoa Pilaf. Chef Virginia Willis will end the evening with Down Home Comfort Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes with Vanilla Cream. 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.

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April 28
Cinco de Mayo with Taqueria del Sol
Chef David Waller of Taqueria del Sol and Sol Catering
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! And, what better way to celebrate than an assortment of South of the Border favorites from Chef David Waller of Taqueria del Sol and Sol Catering? Back by popular demand, join the master of festive Mexican cuisine as he teaches us how to make a Cinco de Mayo menu that will be the envy of all! David’s menu will include some of the best recipes from his restaurants, including Salsa Fresca, Salsa Asada, Salsa Verde, Fish Taco with poblano tartar sauce and pickled jalepenos, Shrimp and Pablano Corn Chowder, Red Chili Molasses Glazed Chicken Fried Steak Bites with scallions and toasted peanuts, Mini Tart with caramelized sweet onion, andouille and remoulade, Two-Bite Crawfish Pies with chipotle aioli, and Quesadillas with brie, cilantro pesto, caramelized lavendar pears and banana peppers. These foods make any night a fiesta! 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.

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May 5
Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Hands-On
Chef Archna Becker of Bhojanic
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
$65, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Hands On & Tasting

You’ve asked for more Indian vegetarian, so back by popular demand, Archna has created a great vegetarian menu that will satisfy your craving. Add a little spice to your vegetarian repertoire once you roll up your sleeves and join Archna in the kitchen to prepare these vegetarian favorites: Alu Gobhi (Potato and Cauliflower with Ginger and Onions), Saag Paneer (Spinach and Indian Cheese), Peas Pullao (Rice with Spices and Peas), Bengan Bharta (Spicy Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cilantro), Chana Masala (Spicy Masala Chickpeas), Chapati (Whole Wheat Indian Flatbread) and Raita (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce). 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.

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May 19
Gluten-free Gourmet
Chef Paul Albrecht
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

Going gluten-free doesn’t mean that you have to give up on fine dining. Chef Albrecht, an icon on the Atlanta fine dining scene for over 30 years, joins us tonight to serve up classic American fine-dining dishes - and all are gluten free. He’ll share the secrets to preparing gourmet favorites such as: Citrus-cured Char with Jicama-Asian Pear Slaw and Coriander Oil; Roasted Georgia Quail; Kale Salad with Sour Cherry, Warm Pecan-smoked Bacon and Mustard Dressing; Herbed Quinoa-stuffed natural raised Chicken Breast; Sweet Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Goat Cheese Zucchini Blossoms; and a Gluten-free Swiss Chocolate Tart with Nutella Cream. 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.

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June 2
Early Summer Specialties of Belgium
Chef Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

After working for two years under Chef Guenter Seeger at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Chef Shaun Doty relocated to Europe where he pursued culinary stints throughout France and Belgium. Tonight he reflects on some of his favorite springtime fare from Belgium, highlighting seasonal ingredients such as asparagus, endive, and – of course - fresh seafood. Attendees will get a first-hand taste of these Belgian specialties paired with Belgian beers as Chef Doty regales us with tales of his studies abroad. 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.

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June 9
Traditional Neopolitan Cucina
Chef Costanzo Astarita of Baraonda and Publik Draft House
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown
$55, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting

At Baraonda, tradition is a way of life that is relished and often celebrated with good friends, great joy and exceptional food. Chef Astarita of Baraonda is here tonight to highlight some of the traditional cuisine from Naples and the surrounding area. Delight in these Neopolitan favorites: Spaghetti Schiue Schiue, Pasteria Napolitana, Ragu alla Genovese and Rabbit Ischiatana. 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.

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Simple Abundance: Mystery Class
Monday, June 23, 2014
Chef: ??
LOCATION: ??
7:00 – 9:00 PM, Demonstration & Tasting $55

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 and see if you can guess who will be in the kitchen.

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.