The Stevens Creek Culinary Center is a recreational cooking school within Whole Foods Market, located on the south side of Stevens Creek in Cupertino, CA. We offer a wide variety of affordable classes and lectures for home cooks of all skill levels, incorporating Whole Foods Market quality standards and top-notch culinary expertise from Whole Foods Market staff and guest-chef instructors.
The Stevens Creek Culinary Center is also available for private classes, corporate team builds, product launches, book signings, film/photo shoots, and events for local nonprofits and other community groups. Please contact Culinary Center Director Mariel Balderas for details and rates.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS:
Please visit our website, and click store events calendar. Here you will find a list of classes with their own link to register online.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST PAY TO BE CONSIDERED A CLASS PARTICIPANT.
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT ABOUT CLASSES?
Please register your email to be sent the current event calendar each month! Visit our website, and click store events calendar. We also have a monthly printed calendar you can pick up right outside of the Culinary Center or at Customer Service.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A CLASS WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE OR A GIFT CARD?
For Culinary Center gift-certificate redemption, please e-mail Mariel.Balderas@wholefoods.com or call 408.257.7000 x325.
For Whole Foods Market gift-card redemption, please come to Customer Service at Whole Foods Market to register in person and debit your card.
WHAT SKILL LEVEL ARE YOUR CLASSES? IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
All classes are designed for beginner to intermediate cooks, unless otherwise noted on the calendar. Advanced teen cooks are welcome to attend with our consent. Please contact the Culinary Center Director, Mariel Balderas if you have a teen who would like to register for our adult classes.
WHAT IS YOUR CHECK-IN POLICY?
Doors open promptly at the start-time of class. We will ask for your last name to take roll at the door. Students are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will close 20 minutes into the start of class. There are no refunds/transfers for latecomers.
DO YOU ALLOW WALK-INS?
Most classes sell out quickly, but if there is still room available, you may purchase a ticket at customer service at the discretion of the instructor.
WHAT IF I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES OR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?
Please notify the Culinary Center immediately if you have any food allergies or restrictions. While we will make every attempt to include you in the class, we may suggest an alternate class with a more appropriate menu to accommodate your needs.
CLASS STYLE KEY:
Cooking Class/Demonstration Class-This type of class involves the instructor doing an active demonstration where the participants are seated and do not participate in hands-on cooking. Although there are opportunities for volunteers to assist the instructor. Cooking classes offer tips, in-depth information about cooking and cusines and offers time for questions and discussions and generous samples are offered throughout class.
Hands-On Cooking Class- This class allows each participant to make an individual portion of the class topic and everyone makes the same thing. Hands-On classes are typically technique focused.
Group-Style Cooking Class- The entire class is broken up into groups and each group is responible for making a different recipe and everyone will enjoy the meal made in class.
DO I NEED TO WEAR/BRING ANYTHING SPECIAL TO CLASS?
For hands-on classes, please wear/bring flat, closed-toe shoes. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. We provide aprons, knives, and all other equipment.
FOR A "DROP-OFF" KIDS' CLASS, CAN I BE IN THE ROOM?
Space is tight in the Culinary Center, so we request that all parents sit at our "observation tables," located right outside the Culinary Center. The doors are big windows that will allow you to watch your child participate in class.
I HAVE A YOUNGER CHILD, CAN I BE IN THE ROOM TO ASSIST THEM?
For our younger age group (4-6 years old), we ask that ONE parent/caretaker accompany the registered child. The adult does not have to pay for an additional registration. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate more than one adult chaperone.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
A full refund can be issued if requested AT LEAST 48 HOURS prior to class. If registration was done online, refund requests must be done online. Only tickets that are purchased at the store will be refunded at the store.
However, we will accept a name transfer if you would like to fill your slot in the class with a friend, family member, or colleague.
DO YOU EVER CANCEL CLASSES?
Although we make every effort to avoid cancellations or changes to our calendar, we reserve the right to cancel/reschedule any classes 24 hours prior to the event if minumum participation (5 people) is not met. Registration will be refunded and participants will be notified via email.. Occasionally, we may also need to substitute instructors and/or alter recipes due to product availability and seasonality.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE CLASSES, KIDS' PARTIES, TEAM BUILDING, ETC.?
Yes, they are subject to space availability and must be booked no less than 30 days in advance and require a 50% deposit. Please contact Culinary Center Director Mariel Balderas for details, or call 408.257.7000 ext 325.
I AM A PRIVATE CULINARY INSTRUCTOR, AND I WANT TO RUN A CLASS OF MY OWN. DO YOU RENT THE SPACE?
Due to liability issues, we typically do not rent the Culinary Center to third parties for cooking classes without liability insurance. We do, however, offer day rentals of the Culinary Center for film/photo shoots or private events. Please contact Culinary Center Director Mariel Balderas for details and rates.
Mariel Balderas | Culinary Center Coordinator | Stevens Creek
Whole Foods Market | 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd. | Cupertino, CA 95014
P 408.257.7000 ext 325