Art of Cookery

Annual Membership is $65 and includes: 15% off classes and 10% off food menu items. Also, an apron with Art of Cookery logo. Additionally, if a member is booked in a scheduled class and they are the only one in it, the class will be held regardless of minimum.  One more thing!  A free Membership event once per year.

Lifetime Membership is $325 and includes: Enjoy a lifetime of culinary joy! Get 16% off classes, 11% off menu items, an Art of Cookery apron, a cookbook authored by Chef Valerie, an invitation to a Member event each year. No minimum for scheduled classes even if you are only registrant.

If you have a desire to have a specific class that isn’t on the calendar, please reach out to us and make a request.  We are likely to be able to accommodate.

Chef Valerie Hanson Welcomes you!

 Welcome Home 

Experience the art of creating food. Make memories and gain skills while hands-on learning pasta making, fermenting, bread making, home canning, mastering an tools like an electric pressure cooker, making jams, pies and much more! Explore different cultural foods like Asian, Polish, Moroccan and Mexican. Options range from single dishes to full meals. Check out our website for a full list of classes.  Learn skills that are not just useful, but interesting.  Gain knowledge on how to reduce time in the kitchen.  Learn how to master today’s unique kitchen appliances like the Instant Pot and the Nija Foodi, for example.   An absolutely fabulous experience while gaining skills you will use to reduce food costs, ensure the safety of your foods, and re-live a piece of heritage that is fast becoming lost, cooking from whole foods (from “scratch” cooking).   Book a private session, or join a public one and meet new friends.

Discover the simple pleasures of great food you made.  Click the link below to see our current schedule.  We encourage people to look at the list of classes on the class registration page and request a desired class be made available for a time frame that works for you. 


In a cute 1917 Bungalow home, Chef Valerie Hanson, opens the door of great foods cooking and food preservation to you.  We are located near downtown Whitehall, walking distance from many lodging opportunities (right behind the White Swan Bed and Breakfast and the Maple Tree Inn, for example).  The address is 312 S. Division Street, Whitehall, MI 49461.


Peruse our site and register today for YOUR unique cooking class or other experiential session.  As a result of years of experience, there are a lot of options from our premium private experiences that are tailored to you, online learning options, or our general sessions that are prescheduled.  You can even request a special interest session that isn’t a topic already listed!

All classes listed on the calendar page are open for registration. But if you are interested in one that doesn’t fit your schedule, because we try to be flexible, contact us.  We may be able to add one for you.  If you prefer a different payment method, just contact us with your registration information.

Also a great cooking vacation! There is no better way to see the character and flavor of an area than through experiencing its food and heritage. Call or text us at 231-740-4065 or email us for more school
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