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Experience Gift Ideas for Hands On Fun this Holiday

Looking for the perfect last-minute local gift idea? A cooking class makes a great gift and offers a hands on experience to improve skills in the kitchen, learn something new, and supports local producers throughout northern Michigan. Whether you want to plan a family event or treat your kids to something sweet, these classes offer something for everyone!

Wine-paired Cooking classes at Chateau Chantal
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Whether you know someone that is looking to improve their kitchen skills, or a seasoned veteran trying to expand their knowledge, Chateau Chantal has a variety of classes and something for everyone. You can choose from classes like: Homemade Pastas and Sauces, Soak it up with Bread, and Grilling for Flare! Classes are 4 hours long and will be prepared with locally sourced produce and paired perfectly with Chateau Chantal’s award winning wines.

Chocolate making classes with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate
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Gift an extra sweet class this holiday season with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate. Do you have a chocolate lover in your family? You can choose between a Classic Tasting, a Rustic Truffle Making Class, or Kiddo’s Chocolate Class. Or gift a fun, informative class to learn about chocolate (and eats lots of it of course!)

Cultured Ferments Homebrewing Classes
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Do you know someone who loves kombucha? Check out Cultured Ferments Homebrewing 101 classes. These kombucha brewing classes will teach you everything you need to know about brewing and all the health benefits that go along with it. Classes are donation based and will be contributed to a local charity. You can also sign-up for a tour of Cultured Ferments new brewing facility, and pick up Cultured swag and gift cards for the kombucha lover in your life.

Cheesemaking classes with Boss Mouse Cheese
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Boss Mouse Cheese is offering a class at Gather – A Festive DIY Studio in Harbor Springs on February 5th. This step-by-step class will demonstrate how to make fresh mozzarella and farmers cheese. Learn the tools and technique to be successful through the cheese making process! Or, maybe you are interested in the perfect gift for your next family dinner party? Boss Mouse Cheese offers private cheese making classes in your home.

Fustini’s School of Cooking

fustini's Traverse CityFrom demonstration classes, interactive cooking classes, and technique classes, Fustini’s teaches everything from basics to the most advanced cooking skills. The classes rotate with the season, offering fresh ingredients and incorporating Fustini’s oils and vinegars. Interested in bringing a group of eight or more? Ask about their customizable classes and private sessions.

Bailey Samp is the Local Food Coordinator for NW MI and co-owns Lakeview Hill Farm with her partner John in Leelanau County. Contact her at bailey@localdifference.org for locally sourced gift ideas this Holiday season.

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