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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Tuesday, May 2nd

4:30pm to 5:30pm

CANCELLED

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

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. Spring rolls are a delicacy found throughout Asia and make a refreshing appetizer or a light and fun meal. In this class, participants will snip, cut and grate as they prepare a variety of fillings and create their own spring rolls. 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, May 3rd

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.

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Jade Alicandro Mace
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; registration required

Join Jade as she discusses the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs, and their role in your journey to optimal health. For nearly 40 years, Herb Pharm has provided herbs in their most undistorted, minimally processed and efficacious forms—while protecting the land and the ecosystems that provide them.

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

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Jade Alicandro Mace
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; registration required

Join Jade as she discusses the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs, and their role in your journey to optimal health. For nearly 40 years, Herb Pharm has provided herbs in their most undistorted, minimally processed and efficacious forms—while protecting the land and the ecosystems that provide them.

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

Thursday, May 4th

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.

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Neeta Saluja
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Join Chef Neeta Saluja as she demonstrates how to make Khichri, rice and moong lentils cooked with fresh vegetables and spices; Palak Kadhi, seasoned and sautéed spinach cooked with flavored yogurt sauce; and Cachumbar, salad prepared with coarsely chopped fresh vegetables, fresh lemon juice, fresh green chilies and cilantro.

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

Saturday, May 6th

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 4864 Pheasant Branch Conservancy Springs, Middleton
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 8 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-Owners

Join herbalist and forager Linda Conroy to explore the wild plants that grow around us. We will learn about common and uncommon wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Identification techniques as well as ways to prepare plants for optimal nutrition and healing will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This class will take place at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road, Middleton. Meet in the Conservancy parking lot; the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.

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

Tuesday, May 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 $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.

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.

Wednesday, May 10th

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

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.

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room

Interested in running for the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors? This year, the Board is hosting candidate information sessions where you can learn more about the Co-op and what it is like to serve on the Board. Topics will include a brief history of the grocery co-op sector, a primer on the policy governance system, and an overview of the time commitment and types of issues typically faced by the Board

Thursday, May 11th

5:30pm to 6:45pm

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

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this exciting cooking class for families! Making Italian folded pizzas, known as calzones, is a fun and delicious activity for people of all ages. In this class participants will season sauce, grate cheeses, prepare toppings and roll dough as they each create their own personal calzone. Recipes will also include a seasonal salad and beverage. 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 6:30pm

Location: Willy North Commons
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Robert Halstead
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Supporting the local food system is one of Willy Street Co-op's main missions. Join Co-op Services staff to learn about what local means to us and for a tour through the Co-op that features local businesses and products.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-709-5445.

7:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Willy North Commons
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Robert Halstead
Ages: 13 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

Supporting the local food system is one of Willy Street Co-op's main missions. Join Co-op Services staff to learn about what local means to us and for a tour through the Co-op that features local businesses and products.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-709-5445.

Friday, May 12th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

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

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. Tacos happen to be Lily's favorite food, and there is no better time for them than the month of May. In this class, participants will prepare traditional fillings to make their own tasty tacos. Vegetarian.

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

Saturday, May 13th

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Lake View Hill Park, 1202 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Ages: 8 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-Owners

Join herbalist and forager Linda Conroy to explore the wild plants that grow around us. We will learn about common and uncommon wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Identification techniques as well as ways to prepare plants for optimal nutrition and healing will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. This class will take place at Lake View Hill Park. Meet in the parking lot, and the tour leaves promptly at 10:00am.

Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-709-5445.

11:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, May 15th

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Willy North Information Table

Interested in running for the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors? This year, the Board is hosting candidate information sessions where you can learn more about the Co-op and what it is like to serve on the Board. Topics will include a brief history of the grocery co-op sector, a primer on the policy governance system, and an overview of the time commitment and types of issues typically faced by the Board

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, LLC
Ages: 10 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $55 for Owners; $65 for non-owners

Learn how to choose foods to re-boot yourself with a 10-day cleanse and address underlying conditions and patterns of stress that limit you. Join Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, LLC, to learn how to naturally push toxins out and rebuild healthy cells in your body with whole foods. Take home a workbook with instructions, recipes, clean eating tips, detox tools and more! This class can be customized to any level—beginners and advanced welcome.

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

Tuesday, May 16th

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 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 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

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 East Customer Service desk or by calling (608) 251-6776.

Wednesday, May 17th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy East Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

The foundation of sushi is the rice. Join Chef Paul to learn to prepare well-balanced sushi rice. The basic sushi rolls--maki, nigiri and chirash--will be introduced and shared. The essential condiment for sushi roll, pickled ginger, will also be prepared and tasted. Gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.

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 8:30pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Instructor: Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, LLC
Ages: 10 and older; adult supervision required
Fee: $55 for Owners; $65 for non-owners

Learn how to choose foods to re-boot yourself with a 10-day cleanse and address underlying conditions and patterns of stress that limit you. Join Michelle Jolly, Health Coach of Human Nature, LLC, to learn how to naturally push toxins out and rebuild healthy cells in your body with whole foods. Take home a workbook with instructions, recipes, clean eating tips, detox tools and more! This class can be customized to any level—beginners and advanced welcome.

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 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Library
Instructor: Katy Wallace
Ages: Any; adult supervision required
Fee: Free; walk-ins welcome

By stimulating insulin production, grains can make it hard to heal a body with systemic stress. Grains are naturally high in phytates and lectins. Presenter Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath of Human Nature LLC, will introduce a grain-free elimination diet and how to prepare grains to reduce their negative impacts.

Registration is preferred; please register by stopping at the Willy North Customer Service desk or by calling 608-709-5445.

Thursday, May 18th

5:30pm to 6:45pm

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

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy in this exciting cooking class for families! In this class, participants will have a blast as they learn to prepare their very own rolls, so that they can create this Japanese-inspired delicacy in the comfort of their own homes. Vegan and gluten-free.

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

Friday, May 19th

4:30pm to 5:30pm

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

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 9-12 years old. Tacos happen to be Lily's favorite food, and there is no better time for them than the month of May. In this class, participants will prepare traditional fillings to make their own tasty tacos. Vegetarian.

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

Sunday, May 21st

11:00am to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room

Interested in running for the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors? This year, the Board is hosting candidate information sessions where you can learn more about the Co-op and what it is like to serve on the Board. Topics will include a brief history of the grocery co-op sector, a primer on the policy governance system, and an overview of the time commitment and types of issues typically faced by the Board

Tuesday, May 23rd

4:30pm to 5:30pm

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

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-8 years old. Spring rolls are a delicacy found throughout Asia and make a refreshing appetizer or a light and fun meal. In this class, participants will snip, cut and grate as they prepare a variety of fillings and create their own spring rolls. Vegan and gluten-free.

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

Wednesday, May 24th

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Willy West Community Room
Your Co-op's Own Instructor: Paul Tseng
Ages: 16 and older; adult supervision not required
Fee: $10 for Owners; $20 for non-owners

The foundation of sushi is the rice. Join Chef Paul to learn to prepare well-balanced sushi rice. The basic sushi rolls--maki, nigiri and chirash--will be introduced and shared. The essential condiment for sushi roll, pickled ginger, will also be prepared and tasted. Gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly.

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 8:30pm

CANCELED!!!
Location: Willy East Community Room
Instructor: Neeta Saluja
Ages: 18 and older
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Join Chef Neeta Saluja as she demonstrates how to make Chicken Tikka Masala; Rice with Black Cumin, basmati rice with a unique earthy smoky flavor; and Fried Noodle Kheer, noodles simmered with milk and sugar and flavored with mild spices.

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

Tuesday, May 30th

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.

Wednesday, May 31st

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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

Join Co-op Services staff to learn about the farmers who supply our Meat department and their animal welfare practices. We will discuss 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 East Customer Service desk or by calling 608-251-6776.