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 Jamie Westby for details and rates.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS:
Go to www.wholefoods.com/stores/cupertino 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.
STEVENS CREEK CULINARY CENTER FAQs
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, Jamie Westby 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 and your recipt 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, so it is best to sign up and register in advance. However, if space is available on the night of the class, walk-ins may be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis at the discretion of the instructor.
WHAT DOES A "DEMONSTRATION" CLASS ENTAIL?
Demonstration/Tasting classes last approximately two hours, unless noted otherwise. A total of 24 students are seated, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. Students do not participate in hands-on cooking during a demonstration class. Generous tasting portions will be distributed during class.
WHAT DOES A "HANDS-ON" CLASS ENTAIL?
Hands-on classes last approximately three hours, and are limited to 12 students, unless noted otherwise. Class is a combination of demonstration and hands-on cooking, and students are divided into teams of four. Generous tasting portions are served toward the end of 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.
FOR A CLASS THAT REQUIRES A PARENT/GUARDIAN, DO I PAY FOR MY CHILD AND MYSELF?
For our younger age group (2 to 5 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 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.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
A full refund can be issued if requested AT LEAST 24 HOURS prior to class. Under no circumstances will a transfer or refund be issued without 24 hours' notice — no exceptions!
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, the Culinary Center reserves the right to cancel any class due to low registration or instructor illness. Occasionally, we may also need to substitute instructors and/or alter recipes due to product availability and seasonality.
If a class has insufficient enrollment (5 participants) it will be cancelled 24 hours in advance. We will contact you by phone or email and issue a full refund/class credit for the cancelled class.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE CLASSES, KIDS' PARTIES, TEAM BUILDING, ETC.?
Yes, but private events are typically more expensive than our public classes, and must be booked in advance. Please contact Culinary Center Director Jamie Westby for details, or call 408.257.7000.
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. We do, however, offer day rentals of the Culinary Center for film/photo shoots or private tasting events. Please contact Culinary Center Director Jamie Westby for details and rates.
Jamie Westby, Culinary Center Coordinator
408.257.7000 Ext 325