Events, Classes and Workshops

For more information about taking, teaching or scheduling a private class visit our Class, Community Room & Rentals Information page. Please note that private rentals and internal Co-op meetings are not posted to this public calendar so it is important to contact us for accurate availability times.

If you are interested in offering classes or lectures, contact the Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Class Refund Policy

Registration for classes that Willy Street Co-op cancels will be refunded in full. Individuals who wish to cancel their registration for classes must contact Customer Service with 72 hours notice to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 72 hours of a class. In order to cover costs incurred, there are absolutely no exceptions to the Refund Policy. For classes at Willy East, contact (608) 251-6776. For classes at Willy West, contact (608) 284-7800. For classes at Willy North, contact (608) 709-5445. 

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Wednesday, March 1st

9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we learn the foundations of making and aging these two classic styles of cheese. From curd to press to aging "cave", participants will learn to make these in their own kitchen. Everyone will leave with recipes and cheese curds made in class.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt, and More! (2/1); Mozzarella and Ricotta (2/8);Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/15); Mold-Ripened Cheese (3/8). All classes are from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Willy East Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Thursday, March 2nd

10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5 and older
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this exciting cooking class for families! She will introduce you and your family to unfamiliar foods through delectable dishes and themes, all while having a hands-on fun time! In this class, participants will learn Chef Lily's take on a homemade meal from different Southeast Asian countries. Recipes will include Cream Cheese, Curry and Green Onion Wontons, Sesame-Ginger Marinated & Baked Tofu, Brown Rice & Broccoli Salad with Soy Dressing and Fresh Fruit Spring Rolls. Vegetarian.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling 608-284-7800.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Megan Cain
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $25 for Owners; $35 for non-owners

With some planning, you can start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for produce all year round. Learn to strategically plan your garden with easy-to-grow and easy-to-store crops, to elevate production with simple maps and records, when to plant so you're harvesting from your garden for Christmas dinner, and how to grow more food with less work.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Monday, March 6th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required

Feel empowered to prepare fresh healthy foods, even when limited by the size of your wallet. Through participation in discussion, food preparation and tasting, participants will explore strategies for procuring nourishing and affordable food, how to recognize healthy, fresh choices, and tasty and versatile preparation methods.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Tuesday, March 7th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners
Ages: 5-8 years old; adult supervision not required

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. In this class, participants will whip up a made-from-scratch tasty and bountiful breakfast! Recipes will include Mini Cheese & Herb Frittatas, Maple-Cranberry Breakfast Mix, Apples with Sunny Fruit Dip, and Strawberry-Orange Smoothie.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Megan Cain
Ages: 12 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $27 for Owners; $37 for non-owners

Starting your own seeds allows you to jump into the gardening season early, save money, and grow unique and fun varieties. You'll master the essentials such as what vegetables should be grown from seed and when, why you can't use a window to start seeds, how to gather the right supplies and care for your seedlings, and what colorful varieties are available to grow this year. Participants will start some seeds to take home.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Wednesday, March 8th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22.50 for Owners; $32.50 for non-owners. Sign up for the entire series as an Owner and get the fifth class free.

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we learn to add mold to cheese. We will make and sample a simple mold ripened goat cheese that can easily be replicated at home. Participants will leave with recipes and cheese to finish ripening at home.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt, and More (2/1); Mozzarella and Ricotta (2/8); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/15); Cheddar and Gouda (3/1). All classes are from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Willy East Community Room.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Thursday, March 9th

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Amanda Ikens
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration required

Do you know how to read a nutrition label? Do you have special dietary interests such as vegan, gluten-free, food allergies or fair trade? Join Co-op Services staff for an introductory course on labels you might encounter while shopping for your groceries. We'll help decipher label meanings on food products, and participants will walk away more confident as they navigate the grocery aisles and make food selections.

Please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Ages: 5 and older
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this exciting cooking class for families! She will introduce you and your family to unfamiliar foods through delectable dishes and themes, all while having a hands-on fun time! In this class, participants will learn Chef Lily's take on a homemade meal with flavors from Italy. Recipes will include Zucchini Crisps with Marinara Sauce, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Cupcakes, Pizza Salad with Basil-Parmesan Vinaigrette, Garlic Bread and Raspberry Ricotta Fluff with Graham Cracker Crumbles. Vegetarian.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: Free; registration is required

Once your knife skills have improved, your cooking will be more efficient and and more delicious. Join Chef Paul for a demonstration on how to dice, julienne, and chiffonade vegetables and fruits. Chef Paul will also discuss how to choose, care for, and sharpen knives.

Please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 709-5445.

Friday, March 10th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners
Ages: 5-8 years old; adult supervision not required

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. In this class, participants will cook up some scrumptious snacks using all-natural green foods! Recipes will include Fiesta Green Bean Fries, Avocado-Cilantro Ranch Dip, Spinach and Cheese Quesadillas, and Fresh Squeezed Mint-Limeade.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Sunday, March 12th

10:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday, March 14th

8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room

Is money tight? You may be eligible for FoodShare benefits on a QUEST Card! FoodShare is a federal benefit, like social security, that provides extra money for groceries to low-income individuals and families. The benefits comes on an easy-to-use debit-like card that can be used at the Willy Street Co-op, many farmers markets, and most major grocery stores. The income guidelines are higher than you might think: individuals earning $11+ per hour and working 40 hours per week may qualify. To find out if you may be eligible, please call 1-877-366-3635 for a confidential screening and to schedule an appointment to apply at Willy Street Co-op. During your appointment, a FoodShare Outreach specialist will assist you with an application, answer questions, and connect you with other great community resources. Walk-ins welcome. Se habla Español.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Cara Moseley
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required

The Green Owl's Vegan Pastry Chef, Cara Moseley, will demonstrate her technique for vegan cakes and how to use a basic cake recipe in several flavor applications. Cara will also cover different filling and frosting recipes to create and combine into many cake variations. Students will sample different cakes and leave class with many cake ideas and the recipes to make in their own kitchens. Vegan.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.

Wednesday, March 15th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

A simple wok can be used to stir-fry, steam, deep-fry and smoke foods. Join Chef Paul to enjoy Kung Pao, a Sichuan style of cooking. Chef Paul will demonstrate how to prepare and cook the proteins, fibers and starch in a wok. He will also discuss how to care for this versatile cooking equipment.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Community Room or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Thursday, March 16th

(All day)

Friday, March 17th

2:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature includes a consultation regarding your health goals, as well as lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling; otherwise, the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior. To register for the next available opening, email info@humannaturellc.com or call 608-301-9961.
To register for the next available opening, email info@humannaturellc.com or call (608) 301-9961.

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners
Ages: 9-12 years old; adult supervision not required

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 9-12 years old. In this class, participants will cook up some scrumptious snacks using all-natural green foods! Recipes will include Cheesy Broccoli Popcorn, Brussels Sprouts Poppers, Herbed Pita Crisps, Basil Hummus, Cucumber Ranch Dip, and Green Fruit Skewers.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Monday, March 20th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Looking for a raw brewing experience? Looking to have a do-it-yourself fermented beverage at home? In this kombucha basics class, we will give you an introduction to what kombucha is, how to make it at home, and what you will need to start brewing this tasty, invigorating drink.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Tuesday, March 21st

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ashley Kuehl
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration required

Join Co-op Services staff to gain a better understanding of the rights, benefits and history of Ownership at Willy Street Co-op.

Please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 509-5445.

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Do you have aches, pains and swelling throughout the body? Increasing frequency of food reactions? Or frequent bloating after meals? Studies are showing that leaky gut is an underlying cause for depression, digestive disorders, increasing food and chemical sensitivities, and autoimmunity. We can help! Join Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath, to discuss natural approaches that work.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Wednesday, March 22nd

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Robert Halstead
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; registration required

Join Co-op Services staff to learn about the farmers who supply our Meat department and their animal welfare practices. We will take a brief walk through the store to point out our different offerings in the meat case and coolers, including some lesser-known cuts. We'll also provide tips on how to prepare different cuts of meat.

Please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

A simple wok can be used to stir-fry, steam, deep-fry and smoke foods. Join Chef Paul to enjoy Kung Pao, a Sichuan style of cooking. Chef Paul will demonstrate how to prepare and cook the proteins, fibers and starch in a wok. He will also discuss how to care for this versatile cooking equipment.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Community Room or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Friday, March 24th

9:30am to 10:30am

Tuesday, March 28th

2:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Fee: $35 for Owners; $70 for non-owners

An individual nutrition consultation is your opportunity to learn how the correct food choices for your body can enhance your well-being. A one-on-one session with Katy Wallace of Human Nature includes a consultation regarding your health goals, as well as lifestyle and food choice suggestions geared toward addressing health goals and developing sustainable change.

Appointments are confirmed upon payment. Payment is due at the time of scheduling; otherwise, the appointment will be released to other interested parties. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven (7) or more days prior. To register for the next available opening, email info@humannaturellc.com or call 608-301-9961.

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners
Ages: 9-12 years old; adult supervision not required

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 9-12 years old. In this class, participants will whip up a made-from-scratch tasty and bountiful breakfast! Recipes will include Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and Herbs, Blueberry-Granola Muffins, Rainbow Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Wednesday, March 29th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Megan Cain
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $25 for Owners; $35 for non-owners

With some planning, you can start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for produce all year round. Learn to strategically plan your garden with easy-to-grow and easy-to-store crops, to elevate production with simple maps and records, when to plant so you're harvesting from your garden for Christmas dinner, and how to grow more food with less work.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling 608-284-7800.