How We're Adapting to COVID-19
Our classes and private events are in full swing with modifications in place to ensure safety and proper social distancing.
Reduced Class Sizes
We're limiting class size no more than 14 guests or 7 couples to maintain 6 feet distance between guests.
Upon arrival each guest will be asked health screening questions and temperature will be checked.
Our Chef and employees will wear masks.
Masks will be made available and all guests will be encouraged (but not required) to wear a mask.
Nothing Shared, Nothing Passed
If you've taken a class with us you know we often pass and share common ingredients like salt and pepper. Now, each guest will have their own set of common ingredients: salt, pepper, oils, and butter in addition to having their own knives, cutting boards, spatulas, and other utensils as usual. We are completely eliminating the need to pass or share items.
Our staff is committed to following the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. We'll continue to follow all CDC, State, and Local guidelines pertaining to the prevention and spread of COVID-19. With your cooperation we're confident you can Cook up fun at Wild Thyme in a safe manner.
Our cooking classes are the ultimate culinary experience for anyone who has a passion for great food and great company. Take class where you can sit down and watch as our chef put on a show and demonstrate how dishes are prepared. Or sign up for a hands-on class with your own station, recipe, and chef instruction. For all of our classes you eat what you make, so come hungry! No matter what age or skill level, we have a class that is perfect for you! See below for class options and pricing.
Childrens Cooking Classes
Our kids cooking classes and camps are designed to accommodate your budding chefs. Our "Chefs in Training (CIT)" ages 7-14 can learn the basics of cooking, while chefs 14 and older can join our adult classes after completing a basic intro course. See below for class options and pricing.
Wild Thyme not only offers cooking classes for all ages in a safe, creative and comfortable space; but we also provide an event space and cooking facility that can accommodate large groups of 25. Guests get to eat what they make, teams create and work together, learn, laugh, and cook up some memorable experiences. We also provide private space rental for corporate meetings, conferences, with full service catering and privacy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone! Our instructors are excited to teach cooks of all levels. We offer classes specifically for beginners, advanced cooks, children, and teens. . Ages 15 and up may attend by themselves any of our adult classes. Knife Skills Classes are for ages 15 and up. Check the cooking class calendar for all our classes.
A variety of chefs in the Lexington area teach cooking classes at Wild Thyme so we can offer the broadest range of skills, experience and tastes. Founder & Owner Allison Davis and executive chef Shawn Caudill, collaborate with local personal chefs, caterers, restaurant chefs and pastry chefs to teach on a regular basis. Special guest chefs will be noted on the cooking class calendar.
Class fees vary based on the ingredients used and whether the class is hands-on or demonstration. Please check the cooking class calendar for the price of the class you are interested in. Typically, Prices for adult classes range from $55-$75 per person per class.
You can register and pay for classes using our cooking class calendar and shopping cart via our website. You do not have to have a pay pal account for payment, simply select the cc you want to use and pay pal will process payment with your credit card. (You can also register over the phone or at our store at 859.523.COOK!(2665).
We typically post our classes 2 months in advance.
Please wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothes. High heels are not recommended in our kitchen for safety reasons. You will be provided with an apron to wear during class. You may also want to pull back long hair.
Before class begins, you'll need to check-in and choose a cooking station, so arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time. Seating and station selection is on a first-come, first-choose basis, so arrive early—especially if you want to sit next to friends. Come even earlier if you want to look around the store before class.
During a demonstration class, you will be served a full portion of each prepared dish. During a knife skills or other technique class, the portions will vary. A hands-on class involves much more cooking, so each student will eat a full portion of the day's menu at the end of class.
Hands-on and demonstration class participants will be offered coffee, infused water, and a seasonal tea or cider at no cost during class. We have a wide range of wines by the glass and bottle, bourbon, craft beer, and Coke products available for purchase during all of our classes.
Yes! Nearly everything used in the kitchen is available for purchase in our boutique. Class participants receive a 10% discount on products the day of class.
Yes! Our classes can be personalized for groups of 1-25. See our Private Events section for more information.
Typically, we'll hold a class with a minimum of four-six guests. Certain classes may require higher enrollment. Low enrollment notices will be issued about one day before the scheduled class. If a class needs to be canceled due to low enrollment, Wild Thyme will offer the scheduled guests a $5 credit toward a transfer to a new class.
A minimum 10-day notice via phone or in-person (not email) is required for class cancellations or rescheduling. This policy is in place to keep the costs of our classes as low as possible and ensure that seats are sold to those committed to attending. If you are unable to attend a class, you are encouraged to send someone in your place. We cannot make exceptions.
If class needs to be canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, we'll make every attempt to contact each registered student. We'll also post the class closings on the local television and radio stations. A full refund will be issued if we cancel a class.
Yes, gift certificates for classes, parties & events are available and make a unique gift. Just give us a call or purchase them on our website and we will have them ready for you or can send them your way in the mail.
Registering for classes at the Wild Thyme Cooking School is easy. You may register on line via our online class calendar using the book now link or give us a call at (859) 523 – COOK (2665) and we will take your reservation over the phone. Gift Cards are not compatible with our online booking system so you will need to contact to the store to reserve with a gift card and settle the night of our class.
Parents are more than welcome to observe the Wild Thyme Cooking School students and instructors at work in the kitchen.
Each class is limited to no more than 10 students per instructor in our kids classes and no more than 10 in our adult classes due to covid 19 restrictions. This way we can be sure each student can get the attention they deserve. Our knowledgeable, experienced & patient faculty will work one-on-one with each student. We believe there’s no substitute for careful, personal instruction.
No, everything needed to begin your adventure in cooking will be provided by the Wild Thyme Cooking School. We supply it all from the professional grade cooking equipment and utensils to the delicious food you will learn to prepare.
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