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Home cooks need a place in GR to be inspired. We have the space but not the stuff. Help us create an equipped kitchen for education. Read more

Grand Rapids, MI Food
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Home cooks need a place in GR to be inspired. We have the space but not the stuff. Help us create an equipped kitchen for education.

Grand Rapids, MI Food
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Grand Rapids Cooking School has been offering classes for almost a year. We are GR’s hub for culinary education to inspire the home cook. Classes feature local chefs, with diverse skill sets, teaching a variety of classes. GRCS offers hands-on and demonstration classes, Home Cook Boot Camp, Knife Skills and kids cooking classes.

Molly at the Fulton Street Farmers Market (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)
Molly at the Fulton Street Farmers Market (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)

The experience: 
We take groups to the Fulton Street Farmers Market then back to Uptown Kitchen to prepare lunch. We show students how to break down chickens and make choux pastry. We host staff holiday events and hands-on dinner parties. We roll pasta and chop, slice, and dice piles of vegetables. 

The highlight:
Chefs and students sit down to dozens of meals to get to know each other, indulge in a delicious meal, and experience the occasion of cooking a lovely meal from scratch.

Cook with us: 

Hands-On Classes (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)
Hands-On Classes (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)

LAUNCH SERIES >> READ MORE

We've developed a LAUNCH SERIES of classes, featuring local chefs and creative topics to share the passion + talents of GRCS with you. 

Butchery / Sausage & Scratch-Made Condiments / Raw Food / Amore Favorites / Brunch Cookery / Cupcakes / Street Food / Pasta 101 / Cooking with Beer / Pie & Ice Cream / Canning Intensive 

KNIFE SKILLS >> READ MORE

Having the right tools and skills will make this lifelong task something truly enjoyable. Join GRCS for a hands-on KNIFE SKILLS class. We will review knife selection, sharpening, and grip then roll our sleeves and begin chopping. We will dice, julienne, chiffonade, brunoise, and practice, practice, practice.  

HOME COOK BOOT CAMP >> READ MORE 

The HOME COOK BOOT CAMP includes six skill-intensive sessions with the chefs of GRCS. The sessions cover the major skills and techniques that need to be mastered to be a comfortable, confident, capable home cook. 

Knife Skills + Soup / Cooking with Grains + Legumes / Meat + Poultry / Farmers Market Tour, Vegetables + Flavor / Sauces / Brunch Cookery + Baking

Hands-on Class at Uptown Kitchen (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)
Hands-on Class at Uptown Kitchen (Photo Credit: Jonathan Stoner Photography)

The financial goal:
To raise $8,000.

Why we need it: 
We've worked well with what we have. Most of our classes take place at Uptown Kitchen - a shared-use commercial incubator kitchen. We have a fantastic hands-on space and fancy commercial appliances. What we need is a slew of small appliances and kitchen equipment for you to use, plus shelves to hold and display these tools. 

How we'll spend it:

  • $2,000: Materials and construction to add charm to our demonstration kitchen 
  • $2,000: Professional knives and cutting boards 
  • $2,500: Kitchen tools and small appliances
  • $1,000: Pantry staples and jars for storage 
  • $500: Marketing + promotional materials

Risks and challenges

We are going to be sourcing and purchasing a wide variety of kitchen tools and ingredients as well as building out the teaching kitchen. There could be delays with shipping, finding the right cooking implements, and completing the light construction project.

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  • You selected
    $5 reward

    10 backers

    Thank YOU! We so appreciate your support. We'll send you a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party!

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  • You selected
    $20 reward

    7 backers Limited (23 left of 30)

    a $20 gift certificate to any GRCS class + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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  • You selected
    $30 reward

    18 backers

    one seat in a LAUNCH SERIES CLASS + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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  • You selected
    $45 reward

    6 backers

    one seat in a LAUNCH SERIES CLASS + a GRCS apron + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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  • You selected
    $75 reward

    7 backers

    two seats in a LAUNCH SERIES CLASS + two GRCS aprons + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    3 backers

    a KNIFE SKILLS CLASS + a LAUNCH SERIES CLASS + a GRCS apron + a colored Victorinox paring knife

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    1 backer

    one seat in every LAUNCH SERIES CLASS + a GRCS apron + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $425 reward

    2 backers

    one seat in HOME COOK BOOT CAMP + a GRCS apron + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers

    a PRIVATE COOKING CLASS at Uptown Kitchen for up to 6 people + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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  • You selected
    $800 reward

    0 backers

    two seats in HOME COOK BOOT CAMP + two GRCS aprons + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    PRIVATE COOKING CLASS at Uptown Kitchen for up to 14 people + a GRCS recipe card + an invite to the launch party

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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