Classes are held in the Community Rooms at Willy East and Willy West. Our Community Room classrooms are vibrant, mixed-use spaces that are used for classes, meetings, private rentals, and as an art gallery to showcase local artists.
Taking a Class
We have a wide variety of offerings taught by our own Co-op staff and occasionally other area food and nutrition experts. Prices and topics vary to accommodate a wide variety of skill levels, ages, and incomes. See the listing of current classes available.
Class Policies for Participants
Unless otherwise specified in the description of the event, registration for events that Willy Street Co-op cancels will be refunded in full. Individuals who wish to cancel their registration for events must contact Customer Service with 72 hours notice to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 72 hours of an event. In order to cover costs incurred, there are absolutely no exceptions to the Refund Policy.
How to Register
Stop by the Customer Service desk to register in person, or you can register over the phone with a credit card by calling Willy East at (608) 251-6776 or Willy West at (608) 284-7800.
Teaching a Class
Willy Street Co-op sponsors events related to nutrition, sustainable agriculture, food preparation, and cooperative education. Classes are planned and scheduled on a trimester timeline and instructors are either hired from internal staff or contracted with externally. If you’re interested in teaching a class, please contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling a Private Class
Interested in scheduling a private class for a birthday party, team building activity, or bridal shower? Willy Street Co-op’s class instructors are available to teach groups of 5 to 15 people. The cost for a private class is $120 flat fee plus $10 per person for ingredients.
Please fill out the Private Class Request form, and our Education and Outreach Coordinator will respond with more information. Please submit your request at least four weeks in advance.
Request a Tour or Outreach Experience
Whether you’d like to come to us or have us come to you, please fill out Tour or Outreach form and our Education and Outreach Coordinator will be in contact with more information. Please submit your request at least four weeks in advance.
Maleah Moskoff, General Merchandise Buyer
I have a strong desire to share my passion with Owners and the greater community. It’s exciting to me to try and demystify the challenges and techniques of cooking and craftings. My goal is to make creating accessible for all. Its also another way for me to feel connected with our Owners.
I hope that not only will the people who sign up for a class increase their knowledge, but also gain confidence going forward on their own. My goal is to take the intimidation out of cooking and crafting. I want to encourage people to try new ideas, crafts, recipes, and experience feeling enriched and empowered. To say, gosh I’m sure glad I took that class! It was really worthwhile!
I love to prepare and eat locally but some nights that’s not always possible. On those nights comfort to me means some creamy cheese, with fruit to accompany it. Comfort can also mean enjoying food with a variety of textures and flavors too. Salty, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sweet, some warm, some cold, I love contrasts. Comfort to me means it can be prepared quickly with food and spices I have on hand.
Stephanie Ricketts, Executive Assistant
I love the experience of cooking and want to share that with others. Also, to inspire others, [and] pass on skills that I have learned. Most of all, I want to stoke the love of cooking in people, make the cooking experience approachable, fun and welcoming. No foodie elitism. My classes are a hands-on, interactive sharing of food and ideas back and forth with participants.
I like to create a feeling of excitement, and empowerment. I want people to have fun, to have a very hands-on experience. Personally, I am a kinesthetic learner. I believe that you learn to be a master by feeling it, doing it, experiencing it, not just watching. Active involvement not just passive participation.
People want to personalize their food; food can be such a powerful way to show people you care. I experienced this first hand with the nonprofit I started, Eat for Equity, where for the “community feast” everything was made by hand. You can feel the energy and it is reflected in the dish. I love the concept of potlucks. One of my favorite potlucks was to have guests bring a dish inspired by their favorite painting. Food is a very accessible way to be creative and say something about yourself.
Paul Tseng, Deli Cook
Cooking and sharing what I have learned is my passion. Teaching a cooking class gives me a chance to share my knowledge about the differences and uniquenesses of foods that people overlook. I want to show people how to be respectful, creative and economical about food. To feel delighted when they learn an easy cooking technique using just a couple of simple fresh ingredients. The food is the real star, we are just the facilitators.
I want people to leave excited about food and cooking. It’s important to me, being a part of their food journey, and I feel grateful that they spend time with me.
Cooking from scratch should not be a chore, it should be satisfying. People should make it fun, not boring. Make it into a family memory or story or bring back a family tradition. It doesn’t have to be fancy or cost a lot. I feel lucky to have a little stage to share my love of cooking with people and I enjoy seeing their confidence and knowledge grow. People keep coming back and that makes me want to keep giving back. I wish I had more time to do this.
Willy Street Co-op's Exclusive Nutrition Consultant
Katy Wallace, ND CNHP RYT is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Natural Health Professional specializing in helping people resolve their health problems by eating better. Our Co-op offers free lecture and individual consultation opportunities in-store to learn how to take full advantage of the variety of natural nourishing foods that the Co-op offers. See our events page for current offerings.
Max Wilke, Produce Buyer
I love to cook and I want to pass that feeling on to other people. It just seems natural for me to want to do that. Personally, food intrigues me and is where my interests lie and where I spend a lot of my time. Transforming the mundane, and the day to day challenges of preparing food into something different and delicious is very enjoyable for me. The culture of food is ever changing and I like seeking out new information and techniques. One of the more interesting things about food is that it’s a necessity to survive and I think that the necessity aspect of food is what interests me. How can I make such a necessity taste good, maybe do something different with it?
I want people to learn the craft of cooking and some of the specific skill sets that make cooking much easier and enjoyable. I know a lot of people follow a recipe and that’s wonderful, but I want people to start thinking about the fundamental skills of cooking and to be able to take whatever they have, or whatever entices them or excites them and turn that into a comfortable dish. Learn how to employ certain methods and skills and apply a certain cooking technique and turn it into something good. Jazz up basic food with flavor all through it using simple techniques that apply across the board. Don’t just methodically dump it in; season it, sauté it in butter jazz it up and then dump it in.
I’m a big fan of simple and moderation. People shouldn’t stress or box themselves in. I grew up on simple good home cooked foods and still cook that way. We are seeing a pushback from the introduction of “Big Ag” convenience foods. Its a natural progression of things with the whole farm to table movement. We can look for something more sustainable. We have access to a lot of food that is convenience oriented—I feel there is a lot of junk food disguised and marketed as healthy foods. That is why it’s important for me to educate and teach about food. Simple and healthy can be convenient and easy by understanding some basic fundamentals and techniques.
Renting the Community Room
The Community Rooms at each store are available for rent by Co-op Owners and organizations. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance of the event with the Owner Resources Coordinator at the store where the individual or organization plans to rent space.
Contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com.