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, January 4th

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.

Monday, January 9th

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.

Tuesday, January 10th

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.

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Katie O'Connell-Jones
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
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.

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. Did you know that sushi means rice and not fish? Kids will learn this, plus a whole lot more, in this popular class that Lily usually only teaches in the spring. Participants will prepare a variety of delicious fillings, and create their own sushi rolls using rice, nori, and a traditional bamboo sushi mat. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.

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

Wednesday, January 11th

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.

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Join Chef Paul as he guides participants through hands-on knife skills, including the major cuts, slices and dices. Chef Paul will discuss kitchen knife essentials, including how to sharpen and maintain a knife. Participants should bring their favorite kitchen knife from home to practice with.

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

Thursday, January 12th

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Kirsten Moore
Ages: 13 and older; registration is required
Fee: Free; registration is required

Join Co-op Services staff to learn about cooperative structure and principles throughout history, receive a brief primer on food co-ops and find out more about our cooperative as part of that global history and the economic future.

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

Friday, January 13th

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 season sauce, grate cheese, prepare toppings, and stretch dough as they each create their own personal pizza. Recipes will also include Chickpea Salad and Raspberries & Cream Smoothie.

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

Tuesday, January 17th

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

Making tofu at home is easy with fewer than three ingredients. Join Chef Paul to learn to make this versatile product, and then use it to to make Braised Tofu with Seasonal Vegetables. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free.

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: Katy Wallace
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

CANCELED - 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 West Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 284-7800.

Thursday, January 19th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Amie Swanson of Ladonia Cafe will demonstrate how to make tamales in this hands-on class. Learn how to make the masa, shape the tamales and then enjoy the final product. Vegan and gluten-free.

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

Friday, January 20th

3:00pm to 8:00pm
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 season sauce, grate cheese, prepare toppings, and stretch dough as they each create their own personal pizza. Recipes will also include Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad and Secret Chocolate Mousse.

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

Saturday, January 21st

9:00am to 4:00pm
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 24th

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. Did you know that sushi means rice and not fish? Kids will learn this, plus a whole lot more, in this popular class that Lily usually only teaches in the spring. Participants will prepare a variety of delicious fillings, and create their own sushi rolls using rice, nori, and a bamboo sushi mat. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.

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
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 how to make her coconut cream pie recipe and how to create many flavors using the basic recipe, including a banana and chocolate version. She will discuss other ways to use this vegan cream filling in many other desserts, like Crème Brûlée. Students will sample desserts and take home recipes and ideas from class discussion. Vegan and gluten-free.

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

Wednesday, January 25th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $22 for Owners; $32 for non-owners

Join traditional food aficionado Linda Conroy for this practical workshop. You will learn to start, feed and maintain a sourdough starter. We will explore the best flour as well as proofing and baking techniques. Participants will leave with a starter, recipes and the confidence to make delicious baked goods at home. **Please bring a pint jar to take your starter home.**

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

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Learn to make a vegan meal that will satisfy everyone's taste buds. Join Amie Swanson of Ladonia Cafe to make a hearty stew, vegan Caesar salad and an apple cobbler. Vegan.

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: Lakeview Library
Your Co-op's Own Instructors: Robert Halstead
Fee: Free; registration is required
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not 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 North Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 709-5445.

Thursday, January 26th

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

The fragrance of baozi coming out from a bamboo steamer is simply delightful to the taste buds. In this classic Chinese yeast dough class, participants will learn how to make a dough and the fillings as well as how to use a bamboo steamer.

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
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
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, 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 East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Monday, January 30th

8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Ben Becker
Ages: 14 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $120

Learn about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees in food sanitation. Earn the nationally accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association. This class will serve as a review of the material culminating with the Certification Exam.

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

Tuesday, January 31st

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.