Events, Classes and Workshops

For more information about taking, teaching or scheduling a private class visit our Class & Rental 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 at Willy East or Willy West, contact Liz Hawley at (608) 251-6776 or by email.

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.

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Monday, February 1st

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

What happens when a person who is blind comes into your restaurant? Do you feel comfortable being the server at the table? What assistance is helpful? What do you do about the dog guide? Join us in demonstration and discussion to get these questions answered. We will share our thoughts on welcoming and interacting with diners with vision
impairment. Our emphasis will be on restaurants, with most tips useful for any business. You will leave knowing how to create an enjoyable visit for persons with vision impairment. Goodies, provided by persons who cook without looking, will be offered during the participatory demonstrations. This class may be helpful to anyone who has customers, family or friends with vision impairment.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, broad-reaching legislation meant to give persons with disabilities access to their communities and employment. The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired advocates for citizens of Wisconsin who have vision loss, and we hear that blind persons are repeat customers when workers are capable of creating a comfortable experience for them.

WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

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

Tuesday, February 2nd

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Imagine a beautiful, aromatic, hot cooking broth simmering away right at the center of your table with various thinly sliced proteins, veggies and dipping sauce. Chef Paul will introduce ideas for how to prepare dishes using this simple cooking style from scratch. This is a vegetarian-friendly class.

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

Wednesday, February 3rd

6:00pm to 8:00pm

CANCELED

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Max Wilke
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Citrus season is at its height during winter, so now is the best time to preserve all the wonderful offerings. From canning to marmalade, we'll cover multiple techniques for dealing with all those kumquats and blood oranges.

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

Thursday, February 4th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
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.

Transforming Milk in Your Kitchen

Join veteran home cheesemaker Linda Conroy as we curdle milk and stretch the curd. This class will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to make two styles of ricotta, traditional and whole milk, as well as fresh Mozzarella. Everyone will leave with recipes and cheese that we make in class.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt and More (1/28); Feta and Farmer Cheese (2/18); Cheddar and Gouda (3/24); Mold Ripened Cheese (3/31). All classes are from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the Willy West Community Room.

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

Friday, February 5th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8. In this class, kids will measure and mix to concoct a scrumptious Spiced Granola. After that they will slice and dice a variety of ripe fruits and mix yogurt with non-sugar sweetener. Participants will than create perfect personal parfaits.

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

Sunday, February 7th

10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $45 for Owners; $55 for non-owners

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun afternoon of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. Participants will go home with soap made in class, along with instructions and recipes for making soap at home. All supplies provided. Dress to mess!

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

Monday, February 8th

2:00pm to 6:00pm

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 $10+ 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!

Tuesday, February 9th

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 $10+ 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!

Wednesday, February 10th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Maleah Moskoff
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Tea and chocolate enhance each other in heavenly confluence and confections. They work well together because tea, like chocolate, shares the same high notes, floral qualities and bite from astringency and tannins. same comparison can be made of varietal chocolates. This hands-on sampling/pairing will include 5 teas and 5 chocolates from around the world.

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 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Jeanne Duffy, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a nonprofit impact investing fund providing microfinance loans and working capital to microfinance organizations and farming cooperatives in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. They are helping Latin American entrepreneurs get their business off the ground or expand their farm as they have always dreamed. As their businesses improve so too do their communities. Join them for a discussion on their micro-lending program, its impact, and how to become involved.

WCCN is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

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

Thursday, February 11th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Fee: Free; registration is required.

We'll cover the basic facts about fats and their link with heart health. We will address the effects of fats (unrefined, expeller-pressed, and refined) including those that cause inflammation and those that heal.

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

6:00pm to 8:00pm

CANCELED!!!!!!!!!
Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Ben Becker to look at growing plants in small spaces. This class will explore how to grow plants in your apartment or on your front porch. Learn how to start plants before the spring thaw, build cold frames to extend the growing season, and how to keep fresh potted herbs in your kitchen.

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

Friday, February 12th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Lily Kilfoy
Fee: $10 for kids of Owners; $20 for non-owners

Join Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 9-12. In this class kids will mix, measure and pour as they create Banana Muffins. Participants will also blend up a delicious Breakfast Smoothie, and best of all, crack, whip, and carefully cook the perfect Cheesy Scrambled Eggs.

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

Saturday, February 13th

11:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, February 15th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Herbalism is a holistic approach to health and wellness. Join herbalist Linda Conroy for an introduction to herbalism. We will explore the foundation of herbalism and 3 easily accessible herbs that you can start using today to promote and build your health.

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

Tuesday, February 16th

11:30am to 2:45pm

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, LLC includes a consultation regarding your health goals and 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. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven or more days prior.

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Jeanne Duffy, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN)
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a nonprofit impact investing fund providing microfinance loans and working capital to microfinance organizations and farming cooperatives in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. They are helping Latin American entrepreneurs get their business off the ground or expand their farm as they have always dreamed. As their businesses improve so too do their communities. Join them for a discussion on their micro-lending program, its impact, and how to become involved.

WCCN is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

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

Wednesday, February 17th

5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: UW-Madison Campus and Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to prepare one you’ve just landed on your kitchen table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home.
A 4-session class is scheduled for Madison to teach you how to hook ‘em and cook ‘em. The first two sessions will be held on the UW-Madison Campus at Union South, then we’ll go fishing (ice fishing if Madison lakes ever freeze over). Finally, we’ll cook our catch and share a potluck dinner at Willy West. The Wisconsin Fishing Team from the University of Wisconsin, volunteer instructors, DNR Staff and others will lend a hand.

Schedule:
Tuesdays, February 2 and February 9, 2016, 6:00pm–9:00pm at Union South, Room TBA.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00am–1:30pm Location, TBA.
Wednesday, February 17, 5:30–9:00pm at Willy Street Coop–West.

The Farm to Fork concept suggests a parallel Pond to Plate companion, whether that "pond" is a stream or a lake – Great, large or small. As far as "food miles" are concerned, most Wisconsinites live within 50 miles of fishable waters that offer many places to catch a healthy and delicious dinner, with a low food-miles score. Sustainability is an important component, so filling the freezer does not fit the model, but savoring that occasional treat from familiar waters does.

Registration materials will be available on the DNR website by the end of the year. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/Fishingfor... If you have questions, please contact Theresa Stabo, theresa.stabo@wisconsin.gov, 608-266-2272.

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Amanda Ikens
Fee: Free; registration is required

This discussion and tour of our bulk department gives shoppers a chance to learn the layout of the aisle and discover a little bit more about our diverse bulk offerings. This class will prepare Owners to shop more effectively and learn some tips and tricks for saving money in this popular section of the store.

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

Thursday, February 18th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
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 transform curds into two similar but different styles of cheese. We will see each stage of the process, learn the nuance of each cheese, how to store them and when to add herbs. Participants will leave with recipes and cheese to take home.

Other classes in the series: Cultured Milk—Kefir, Yogurt, and More (1/28); Mozarella and Ricotta (2/4); Cheddar and Gouda (3/24); Mold Ripened Cheese (3/31). All classes are from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Willy West Community Room.

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

Monday, February 22nd

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Wenona Wolf, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Race to Equity, a project of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, aspires to make a greater contribution to narrowing and ultimately eliminating racial disparities in Dane County and Wisconsin. Since the release of its report in 2013, the project has been working hard to promote the systemic changes needed to reduce disparities in our community. Come and learn more about the project’s plans for 2016 and beyond.

WCCN is one of the nearly 70 local nonprofits that benefits when you CHIP at the Co-op.

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

Tuesday, February 23rd

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
Fee: Free; registration is required

This discussion and tour of our bulk department gives shoppers a chance to learn the layout of the aisle and discover a little bit more about our diverse bulk offerings. This class will prepare Owners to shop more effectively and learn some tips and tricks for saving money in this popular section of the store.

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

Wednesday, February 24th

11:30am to 2:45pm

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, LLC includes a consultation regarding your health goals and 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. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice of cancellation or rescheduling is provided seven or more days prior.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Max Wilke
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

Citrus season is at its height during winter, so now is the best time to preserve all the wonderful offerings. From canning to marmalade, we'll cover multiple techniques for dealing with all those kumquats and blood oranges.

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 8:00pm

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

Cooking with spirits has its tradition—it unifies, enhances and carries various flavors in each ingredient. It not only tenderizes proteins in marinade, but also can be used for deglazing or making vinaigrette. Join Paul Tseng to add spirits to your cooking, as he demonstrates Honey Crancello Mustard Glazed Pork with Farro Pilaf and Coffee Liqueur Chocolate Mousse.

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

Thursday, February 25th

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

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