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Teens at Whisk – Taste of America Cooking Tour, The Mid-West

Classes are designed for students 13 to 18 years old.

During this week long hands-on cooking series, we will discuss, cook and taste favorite foods from around America. We’ll learn why Cheesesteak is traditional in Philly (but not in the Northern Pacific) and what makes Southern Fried Chicken unique in the South. We’ll talk about different types of pizzas and what makes Chicago pan-pizza special. We’ll also learn the history of Texas BBQ and the different sauces served with it.

Taught by Chef Barbara Sowatsky, this will be an engaging, hands-on class to showcase favorite regional and historical foods while learning a bit about American history.  Throughout the week we will explore the different ingredients and why they are favored in a region. We’ll learn flavor profiles that make each American region distinct while creating several favorite recipes from each region.  Every day you will practice knife skills and become more familiar with everyday kitchen equipment. Come ready to learn “What’s Cookin’ in America!”

CLASS RUNS FROM 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

August 14th – Wednesday – The Mid-West: 

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza with Homemade Sauce, Double Chocolate Brownies, and Cheddar and Caramel  Popcorn


  • No prior cooking experience is required, just an interest to learn.
  • For safety reasons, please tie long hair back and wear closed toed shoes.
  • Allergies or dietary restrictions may be accommodated – just let us know upon registration.