Educational Opportunities and Workshops 

Pretzel City Kitchens offers classes to the public on a variety of culinary subjects. The University of Illinois Extension also offers food and nutrition related workshops at Pretzel City Kitchens. Here is a list of our upcoming classes:


 Pretzel City Kitchens Class Offerings:

Sign up by calling Pretzel City Kitchens at 815-908-0224 or emailing  Class sizes are limited in order to allow all attendees to fully participate, so please register early (we may open additional sessions if there’s enough interest, but don’t count on that – please register early).  We hope to see you soon!



This class has been rescheduled to October 3rd. We apologize for any inconvenience.

3rd   5:30-7:30 pm      Braising Essentials

We still have a few places still open. Call us to reserve your spot… 815-908-0224

This stove-top slow-cooking method was a preferred way to produce extra flavorful, tender dishes long before the invention of the slow-cooker.  It’s also an economical way to stretch less-tender cuts of meat, and a very forgiving type of cooking for both those just learning their way around the kitchen and experienced cooks:  a little more onion or a few more vegetables will work just fine, whatever the recipe might state.  Not to be confused with stewing, where the ingredients are submerged, braising involves just partially submerging the ingredients so they are cooked in both steam and liquid, yielding an unbelievably rich layering of flavors.  You’ll leave with a handful of braising recipes (which we’ll all be tasting too, of course) as well as a basting brush and ladle to add to your utensil collection!

Cost:  $75

Registration deadline:  5 pm, Monday 1st of October


10   5:30 – 7:30     Pretzels! 

What would life in Pretzel City be without pretzels?  Learn how to make delicious homemade soft hot pretzels and pretzel chips as well as a couple of  great dips to serve with them. Perfect for a Halloween party or game-day get-together!  Take home a bag of Pretzel salt and a special bit of Pretzel City memorabilia.

Wednesday October 10th 5:30 – 7:30


Registration deadline:  5 pm, Monday 8th October


University of Illinois Extension Offerings:

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125.

Certified food Protection Manager Course: The University of Illinois Extension will offer the Certified Food Protection Manager Course on August 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and August 17, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W Spring Street, Freeport. Participants should bring a valid photo ID and arrive 15 minutes early to register, as class will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Participants must attend the full training to be eligible to take the exam. There is a $100 fee for the Certified Food Protection Manager Course. This fee is for the purchase of the book, educational materials, examination, and lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or visit us online at


The University of Illinois Extension Office holding a class on pop-up food shops in April:


Information on additional classes coming soon.