Frequently Asked Questions:
Cooking Classes @ Cooks
What is Cooks' Commitment to the Health and Safety of our students and employees during COVID-19?
Like so many of you, we have spent the past months learning about COVID-19 and how it's impacting our community. Here at Cooks, that means understanding how it affects our environments and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations. We have one objective that guides us: keeping our students and employees safe.
CDC recommendations align with and support Minnesota Food Safety and Handling Standards. In our schools, we use approved food grade sanitizers. Hand washing stations are present in all locations and sanitized frequently. Gloves will be available, but will not replace frequent hand washing in accordance to Minnesota Food Safety and Handling Standards. All utensils and cooking tools are ran through commercial grade dishwashers and environments including workstations/counters/handles/tables/chairs are cleaned both during and after every use. We fully align with all guidelines published by the Minnesota Department of Health.
All of our teams are trained on the importance of safe food handling and leaders are certified by the State of Minnesota.
Employees have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs of sickness or if they have been in contact with someone who has been sick prior to arrival to the cooking school and to stay home. We ask and expect the same of our class attendees.
Guests and employees will have their temperatures taken and required to wash their hands upon arrival. Guest and employees are also required to wear a mask while cooking and are advised to practice social distancing during the class. Upon check-in, guests will complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire. Cooks will have masks available for purchase.
We will continue to make changes to our protocols and procedures based on CDC and Minnesota Department of Health advisories.
What is Cooks' Cancellation Policy?
Will I be able to enjoy an adult beverage during class?
We offer wine, beer and soda for purchase for any class held at a Cooks of Crocus Hill kitchen. All of our Date Night classes include one glass of wine or beer per person with registration. During our "Libations" classes, which serve wine/beer/liquor pairings as part of the menu, therefore, we do not sell additional wine/beer since there is plenty to try during class. No outside food or drink is permitted in class.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID if you or any of your registered guests plan to consume any alcoholic beverages. Cooks policy is to card everyone.
What is included in the class fee?
The class fee includes instruction, printed recipes and tasting portions of everything on the menu.
What should I wear to class?
We recommend comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes, and perhaps layers since things can heat up in the kitchen! We’ll provide aprons for all participation classes.
I have a group of six or more people. May we take the class together?
Yes! You can register up to a maximum of 6 guests per class. However, given the limited space and popularity of our classes, we may not always have the space available. Booking early is one option. Our class calendars are published by the first of each preceding month. If you have seven or more guests, a private cooking experience is the way to go. We offer private experiences at all three of our locations. Please contact our private events team to learn about our group/corporate team options at 651-288-7237 or fill out an inquiry form to obtain more details.
Kids cooking classes – do parents attend?
Seats in our kids and teen cooking classes are for kids only ages 8–12 and teens ages 13-17, unless otherwise stated in the class description. Parents will be asked to fill out an emergency information form for each child. No parent required....enjoy your free time, parents.
Cooks also offers classes which is for kids ages 6-10 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each participant (parent/guardian and kid) must register separately. This information is noted within the class description.
Do you have age requirements for your cooking classes?
Unless noted in the class description, kids ages 14-17 are welcome to attend a class with an adult who is 18 years or older. Two seats will need to be purchased to do so. For participation classes, participants will be using heating elements and sharp cooking utensils, and must be tall enough to comfortably reach counter and stove tops to get the full class experience. If you have questions, please call us and we can help you determine if the class is the right fit.
Note: We have kids cooking classes geared specifically for ages 8–12 years of age as well as teen classes for ages 13-17! You can view the Kids + Teen class category here.
Can I register someone for a class as a gift?
A Cooks of Crocus Hill gift card is the best way to give classes as gifts! This allows your recipient(s) to select classes that best suit their schedules and interests. Gift cards are available in any amount and can be purchased online or by visiting or calling any of our retail locations.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
You are welcome to eat around parts of the menu, but unfortunately, we are unable to make singular adjustments to the recipes in our public classes. We do, however, offer many classes each month that suit various dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free or shellfish allergies. Please contact us for assistance in finding the right class!
In St. Paul, you’ll find dedicated parking behind our building.
In Minneapolis–North Loop, we recommend using the metered street parking in the neighborhood or the Hennepin ramp found at 1st Street & Hennepin Avenue.
In Stillwater, we recommend parking in the lot at Nelson & 2nd Street.
Please see our maps for more details.