Meet our Instructors:
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’simportant 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. Katy has extensive training in functional
medicine as well. 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.
Learn more about Dr. Katy and her philosophy at Human Nature.
Katy Wallace, ND CNHP RYT
Human Nature LLC
401 Bryce Canyon Circle, Madison, WI 53705
Lily Kilfoy is a local cooking instructor and freelance chef that grew up on the east side of Madison. She graduated in 2011 from the Culinary Arts program at Madison Area Technical College.
Lily owns a business called The Kids Chef where she teaches kids ages 2 and up to cook wherever she can—at libraries, schools, in homes, grocery stores, preschools, camps, community centers, and other locations. Her goal as an instructor is to expose children to the many benefits of cooking through hands-on experiences that develop skills to be used for life. Lily teaches about healthy foods and cooking at a young age so that these values can be carried into adulthood.
Lily also shares her knowledge and passion for cooking with adults. She teaches cooking classes that often reflect her love for international and American regional cuisine. Her style is to prepare dishes that she envisions guests recreating in their own homes and to educate participants in ways to elevate their own cooking.
In her spare time, Lily likes to spend time with her son and eat out.
Linda M. Conroy, MSS, MLSP is an herbalist, cheese-maker and whole food aficionado as well as a community organizer. She dedicates her life to connecting with the natural world. After apprenticing on several goat and herbal farms, Linda continues to make whole and traditional food as well as herbal medicine from scratch in her own kitchen. She has been doing so for over 20 years. Linda has a certificate in permaculture design, a degree in social work, has studied with Isla Burgess of the International College of Herbal Medicine, and has completed residential herbal apprenticeships at the Wise Woman Center as well as at Ravencroft Gardens. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs, the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference and Wild Eats: A Movement to Promote Whole, Local and Wild Foods in Community. Linda is a vibrant woman who continually seeks to deepen her connection to the natural world! To learn more visit www.moonwiseherbs.com
Pam started baking at the age of 12, making her first loaves of bread in her aunt’s farm kitchen, located in Blanchardville, WI. She’s always learning something new!
Pam changed careers when she turned 50. She left her career behind in Human Resources, and enrolled in the Baking & Pastry Arts program at Madison College in 2012. After graduation, she was accepted for a 3 month baking internship at King Arthur Flour, located in Norwich, Vermont. Pam considers herself fortunate to have worked alongside an amazing and talented team of bakers, and learned more about bread and pastries. Since then, Pam has worked in several small to large bakeries, including the bakery at Willy Street Co-op, and she was a business owner. While she loved working in the baking industry, she retired after closing her baking business in 2018. It’s now about enjoying the years ahead!
Pam is known for her Norwegian heritage and knowledge of making lefse, but the learning never ends! She has had some of the best lefse teachers anyone could have; her late Aunt Elsie, and her mom, Gloria, who now just enjoys having Pam making the lefse for the holidays!
Pam is enjoying being a first time grandma! She loves spending time with my family, baking, cooking, gardening, and reading her vast collection of baking cookbooks. To see what Pam is baking up in her kitchen, check her out on Instagram @sole_passion_baker.