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MichiganCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

In Michigan, you'll find anything from artfully prepared five-star cuisine to mouth-watering, slow-cooked barbeque at an authentic roadhouse. Or Michigan cuisine might mean exquisite sorbet served dockside or rich and creamy Mackinac Island fudge. When the flavors amaze us and the meals in Michigan are impossible to forget, the dining experience is Pure Michigan.

— Michigan Cooking Schools —

Artisan Cooking School
Grand Haven 616-296-9200
At Artisan we offer many dining venues to help you understand what great cooking is all about. We will show you how to cook using the basic flavor blocks with the freshest and finest ingredients, learn culinary techniques, and how to take the mystery out of plating a spectacular dinner.
Chateau Chantal
Traverse City 231-223-4110
Take a hands-on cooking class lead by a professional chef, then sit down with your classmates to your own gourmet meal; or spend a leisurely day with us, walking the vineyard, taking an enlightening tour of the wine cellar, and learning about viticulture and the art of wine tasting.
Cooking with Dawn
Commerce Twp.
Chef Dawn offers a wide range of classes that include demo-style, hands-on, and interactive classes for groups, parties, and company team building events. Dawn offers monthly demo-style cooking classes at the Birmingham Community House, and hands-on private or group classes in her home or yours.
Food Dance
Kalamazoo 269-382-1888 website »
Food Dance is committed to building a thriving and sustainable local food system. It's about connection with people and places their food comes from. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, private dining space, catering and delivery. An on-site market offers amazing ingredients–humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, fresh bread, and pastries.
Food For All Seasons
Ann Arbor 734-747-9099
Food For All Seasons provides the ingredients and culinary instructor. You supply the guests. Soon your guests will enjoy a four-course meal that they helped prepare. And no worries about the cleanup. Food For All Seasons will take care of that as well.
Le Chat Gourmet
Eaton Rapids
Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts offers a wide selection of “hands-on” cooking and baking classes where the students actively participate from food prep to the final plate presentation. All classes focus on the art of cooking, emphasizing the use of fresh ingredients thus assuring the best quality and flavor.
Learn Great Foods - Michigan
Petoskey 231-758-3407
Attending a Learn Great Foods agri-culinary tour and dinner, retreat weekend, or travel vacation is a special event, for your family, partner and yourself. You are giving yourself an opportunity to learn and enjoy your time, taking something back to the city and your everyday life.
Mirepoix
Royal Oak 248-541-1414
From picnic foods to barbeque to pizza and quesadillas on the grill, the staff at Holiday Cooking School will show you how to create a bounty of summertime gourmet. Coming this fall, we’ll be opening our state-of-the-art cooking school facility to accommodate our growing lineup of classes.
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City 231-995-1700
Discover why Traverse City was recently named the #1 Foodie City in America. Meet new foodie friends, learn new cooking skills and get fresh ideas from local chefs and gourmet cooks with hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.
Simply Good Kitchen
Royal Oak 248-543-9482
Simply Good Kitchen classes are formatted to help students understand and master the five basic cooking techniques: sauté, grill, roast, braise and poach. Shanny and Bill Apodaca believe that once you’ve mastered the basic five, you can cook anything your palate desires.
Sue Chef
Ada 616-676-0300
Sue Chef offers a series of recreational cooking classes for the home cook or self proclaimed "Foodie". Her classes are often demonstration based and held in restaurants or various locations throughout Grand Rapids. Her classes are designed to be fun yet informative.
Zingerman's Bakehouse
Ann Arbor
Founded in 1992, Zingerman's Bakehouse is one of the country's most respected artisanal bakeries. In 2006, we opened BAKE!, a school designed to share our passion for traditional methods and ingredients that gives home bakers the recipes, knowledge and confidence to recreate our renowned, old-world breads and pastries.

Taste What's Happening!

Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Detroit
10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
More than 50 Michigan microbreweries and brew pubs will participate offering over 300 different beers to sample.

Great Macaroni and Cheese Bake-Off

Traverse City
11/29/2014
Ttop restaurant chefs will turn the classic comfort food, macaroni & cheese, into culinary marvels! This rich and creamy fare is paired with wines

Romancing the Riesling

Traverse City
1/14/2015
The seven participating wineries will showcase a Riesling perfectly paired with a food offering and souvenir wine glass.

Harbor Country Chocolate Classic

New Buffalo
2/1/2015 - 2/28/2015
With chocolate is centerpiece, satisfy your cravings by creating, consuming, comparing, cooking and celebrating all things chocolate!

Winter Beer Festival

Comstock Park
2/27/2015 - 2/28/2015
More than 80 Michigan microbreweries and brew pubs will participate offering over 800 different beers to sample.

Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival

Grand Rapids
2/28/2015
As many as 200 craft beers from more 30 Michigan micro-breweries and brewpubs will be available for sampling. Live entertainment.

National Morel Mushroom Festival

Boyne City
5/14/2015 - 5/17/2015
Mushroom hunt, food, music and recipes. Restaurants prepare exotic, morel-laden entrees, local songsters sing of the morel

Belleville National Strawberry Festival

Belleville
6/19/2015 - 6/21/2015
A parade and many other berry special events.

National Cherry Festival

Traverse City
7/4/2015 - 7/11/2015
Known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, the region bursts with the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.

Addison Township Strawberry Festival

Leonard
7/18/2015
The 61th annual festival will have a parade, strawberry bake-off, car show, craft show and entertainment.

Sunrise Side Wine and Food Festival

Harrisville
7/18/2015
Michigan vintners serve wine, area restaurants serve food and 3 breweries will serve beer and soft drinks.

Coloma Glad-Peach Festival

Coloma
7/31/2015 - 8/1/2015
Parades, entertainment, arts and crafts, a car show, an antique tractor show, the Peach Pit Spit, fireworks and food, food, food!

St. Johns Mint Festival

Saint Johns
8/7/2015 - 8/9/2015
Celebrate mint farming in Clinton County with arts & crafts, a flea market, food concessions, a parade, mint farm tours, entertainment and cars.

Salsa Showdown

Holland
8/15/2015
Hot? Mild? Inferno? Everyone is invited to compete. Don’t miss this opportunity for mouth-watering salsa and lots of fiery fun!

Wild Blueberry Festival

Paradise
8/21/2015 - 8/23/2015
Blueberry brunch, lots of great music, horse drawn wagon rides and an arts & crafts fair.

Danish Festival

Greenville
8/21/2015 - 8/23/2015
Celebrate our Danish heritage in downtown Greenville with arts & crafts, music, ethnic foods, a parade, contests and much more.

Michigan Bean Festival

Fairgrove
9/4/2015 - 9/7/2015
Bean soup, Harvest Pot Luck, entertainment, bingo, Bean Creation contest, crafts, car show, and fireworks.

Taste Of Traverse City Festival

Traverse City
9/4/2015 - 9/6/2015
Downtown Grub Crawl;  Taste Of Traverse City;  Sip, Sample & Shop;  Best Of The Brunch;  Foodie Film Festival.

Michigan Peach Festival

Romeo
9/5/2015 - 9/7/2015
The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo includes parades, sports, carnival rides, craft show, food and fun for the whole family

U.P. Fall Beer Festival

Marquette
9/5/2015
Presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild with ore than 30 Michigan craft brewers and 200 different beers available.
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