4 Tasty Classes to Take Home Some Georgia Sunshine

  • Preserving Place, Atlanta

Georgia has one of the longest growing seasons of any state. That means we get to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables longer than anyone else! Being Southerners, we also boast a long history of preserving what’s in season to enjoy when it’s not, and these four Atlanta-based companies offer classes that will teach you to do just that.

Photo courtesy Preserving Place, Atlanta.
Photo courtesy Preserving Place, Atlanta.

Take one (or all four) of these tasty DIY canning and preserving classes and take home a little Georgia sunshine!

Cook’s Warehouse, Decatur

From sweet jams and jellies to savory sauces and condiments, capture the flavors of spring and enjoy them all year once you learn how easy it is to can and preserve. The Cook’s Warehouse is Atlanta’s hometown favorite premier gourmet store and cooking school with three convenient locations: Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb.

Fun details – All classes include menu recipes, samples of the food prepared and complimentary beverages. All students receive a 10% discount off in-store purchases (excluding alcohol) before and after class on the day of the class.

Sur la Table, Alpharetta

A place where serious cooks find a surprising selection of culinary tools from around the world, with helpful, knowledgeable employees who love to cook, too. With instructional kitchens in more than 50 locations (and several right here in Georgia), Sur la Table is the largest avocational cooking school in the United States.

Preserving Place, Atlanta

Preserving Place’s mission is to support Georgia’s local foodshed by educating their customers and sourcing the ingredients for classes from local farmers and providing customers ingredients for the best tasting foods. Class attendees enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and come together at the end of the class to sample one another’s creations.

Photo by Duane Marcus courtesy Piedmont Park Conservancy.
Photo by Duane Marcus courtesy Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta

At Piedmont Park, you can participate in a workshop that will teach you how to preserve foods that respect your preferences for healthy, local and sustainable products, supporting local farmers and green markets – with no preservatives or artificial colors. In class, you will receive a notebook of recipes and full instruction in canning along with tips and guidelines. A fruit, a pickle, and a tomato-based product, which will be chosen according to the season, will be canned, leaving you with the knowledge to do home-based canning on your own.


Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker wears many hats in the culinary world, as a Le Cordon Blue-Paris certified chef, cookbook author, reality TV personality, culinary educator and business owner. She is a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Culinary Explorer for, the founder of Southern Divas of the New South™ Dinner Series, and currently sits on the James Beard Foundation Food Waste Advisory Council. Chef Jennifer is a member of the 2018 No Kid Hungry Atlanta Society as well as a member of the 2018 AF&WF Advisory Council.

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