Classes and Events!

Private Events and Classes
I teach private classes in people's homes as well as teaching low charge church/non-profit group classes. Teaching is how I support my family, so I can't usually do classes totally free of charge to your group, but I am very reasonable in price. I am happy to help in any way that I can for your upcoming group classes for community involvement.  I'm willing to travel in the future. Questions? Comments? Requests? Get in touch. Contact Now

Arizona Class Locations are stores that are willing to have me come teach in their show-rooms. With my current work schedule I am pretty much exclusively teaching at Shar's in Gilbert.

Shar's Kitchen Center
1130 N. Gilbert Rd. Suite 1
Gilbert AZ, 85234
*All classes at Shar's must pre-register and pre-pay and cost $15 a person, OR Buy two spots get one free.  If you don't pre-register, we cannot promise that the class will still stay on the schedule. PLEASE make sure you call ahead.  

Shar's classes and samples are very generous! Shar's is also the location where I have my bakery orders for pick-up on Saturdays. 

Back to Culinary School Braided Bread
Fri, September 5, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Beautiful braided breads embellished with floral and decorative designs can look complex, but Chef Tess will walk you through some simple techniques to help you feel like this is a skill you can master.

Back to Culinary School: Knife Skills/ Fruit and Vegetable Carving $15
Fri, September 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Chef Tess spent years as a banquet chef designing large fruit and vegetable displays and she’ll be sharing some of her best ideas for edible arrangements, fun fruit carving, and basic knife skills you’ll use every day.
Back to Culinary School: Cake Decorating with Fondant for Beginners 
Fri, September 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Learn from a professional Pastry Chef how to apply decorative fondant to cakes and make Marzipan flowers.
$15 Each buy 2 get 1 free Must Pre-Register and Pre-Pay

Back to Culinary School: French Macarons! 
Fri, September 26, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Delicate meringue based almond flour Macaron cookies are a little tricky to master, but chef Tess is here to walk you through the basics and give you all the tools you need to become an expert! Generous samples and delicious ideas ahead!
$15 Each buy 2 get 1 free Must Pre-Register and Pre-Pay
Fall Apple and Pumpkin Wreath Breads 
Fri, October 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Beautiful centerpiece wreath breads can be the show-stopper you’re looking for on your Halloween table or at any of your upcoming events. Come and learn how to make some remarkable pull-apart breads that will have everyone cheering at your baking skills!
Fall Hand-pies and Tiny Tarts
Fri, October 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm  
Fruit tarts and bite-sized hand-pies are always in season, but during the Fall, you’ll have a big demand for these at your parties and events. They freeze beautifully and are great to make-ahead. Chef Tess is here with simple tips and ideas for making these sweet and savory bites for appetizers and desserts!

Homemade Danish Pastries 
Fri, October 17, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
If you've ever wondered how to make beautiful butter roll-in dough and all the fun shapes that Danish pastries come in, then this class is for you. We'll be making the dough, fillings and glazes like the professionals do!
Home Canning Gourmet Salsa, Sauces, and Jams 
Fri, October 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
This is a great class on some gourmet twists to classic salsas, sauces, condiments and jams that will be perfect for the holidays and for your family! $15 includes one half-pint jar of gourmet apple-pie jam to take home. *Pre-register by Oct17th required for jam to take home.
Fall Oven-raise Freezer Rolls, Breads and Pizzas 
Fri, November 7, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
It’s the busy time of year when you will be really glad you made these ahead of time! Freezer-to-oven dough that is wholesome, homemade and fabulous can save a lot of money and time! It bakes fast and requires no raising! These are rolls, breads, and pizza recipes perfected by a chef and mom who knows what it means to make fast delicious holiday meals! $15 includes half-dozen rolls to take home. *must pre-register by Oct 31st to get the rolls.
Gifts of Good Taste Part 1:
Cookie Mixes and Gourmet Homemade Gift Mixes 
Fri, November 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Chef Tess wrote the book on homemade gift making on a budget and this class you’ll get to taste some homemade gourmet mixes that will blow you away! Cookies, bars, and more! $15 includes one bag of cookie mix to take with you!
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake Rolls and Jelly Cake Rolls 
Fri, November 21, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Ever wondered how to make a really perfect jelly roll cake? What about that spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans? We’ve got the tips and secrets to make them awesome!

Gifts of Good Taste Part 2: Savory Bread Mixes and Seasoning Mixes Fri, December 5, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Savory bread mixes with just a few ingredients, seasoning mixes for popcorn and nuts…these are the personal gifts that tell your friends how much you love them. Never mind that they cost just pennies to make at home! This is wonderful class for the holidays full of awesome recipes and perfect packaging ideas as well! $15 includes a bread mix to take home.

Easy Holiday Party Appetizers 
Fri, December 12, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Consider this the Chef Tess Christmas Party.  I am! Hot baked brie, shrimp sweet corn soufflé, simple cheese balls and platters. These appetizer recipes will quickly become your go-to party pleasers! Come ready to party.
Holiday Chef Breakfast Casseroles and Freezer Cinnamon Rolls 
Fri, December 19, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
The last thing mom wants to do on Christmas morning is make breakfast! This class is full of make-ahead magic you can still look like the hero, and get some sleep on Christmas eve! $15 includes a loaf pan size of 2 large cinnamon rolls. *must pre-register by Dec 17th to get the rolls.

Preparing Wisely

144 s. Mesa Drive Suite G
Mesa Az 85210

Preparing Wisely carries my books and spices and I teach ONE class monthly at their store location. This is the only store where I teach classes that are FREE to the Public. 

Meals in a Jar: Family Classics and Personal Sized Meals
Tuesday Aug. 26th at 6 PM
Come taste some family classics for back to school and learn how to pack the meals in personal sized containers for travel, school, or work. This is a great introduction to shelf-stable homemade freeze-dried meals. 

For details visit their website.  If you're looking for a great location to get your food storage needs filled, these guys are amazing!  Details about the store can be found at! Xoxo!

I teach private classes in people's homes as well as teaching low charge church/non-profit group classes. I am happy to help in any way that I can for your upcoming group classes for community involvement. I'm willing to travel in the future. Please let me know your location and we'll see what we can do! Please contact me directly ( for specific questions.