The Gathering Restaurant in Detroit Offers Cooking Classes

Located in Detroit’s historic Indian Village, The Gathering is simple but elegant eatery (and part-time art gallery) that’s now running a series of cooking classes for budding chefs. Kids ages 9 and up, with parental supervision, can attend any class here – they’re typically twice a month – taught by executive chef Clinton Moore.

The core lesson focuses on knife safety, food storage and sanitation, while the specific topics change, says Moore. Classes are all demonstration-based, but there are opportunities for hands-on learning and participation.

You won’t necessarily learn recipes you’ve never heard of before, but you will learn easier and/or healthier ways to make familiar favorites, Moore says. For examples, kids see how to incorporate more vegetables into their diet through fun recipes like smoothies or veggie omelets.

“With a smoothie, you can get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables,” Moore says. “A nice one would be strawberries, bananas, pineapple juice and orange juice low in sugar, and then a little bit of spinach and ice.”

What’s coming up? Moore hopes to eventually offer kids-only cooking. If you’re interested, get in touch. “I’m up for the challenge!” he says.

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Classes are offered by reservation to ensure high attendance and keep costs down. It’s best to call ahead, Moore says. “We like to book a minimum of six, but the room is big enough to accommodate about 12-15 comfortably.”

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