Cooking Class: Greek-Midwestern Fusion Cooking

The flavors of the Greek isles meets the convenience of Midwestern cooking in this joyous interactive cooking class from Chef Mary Jane. She'll demonstrate the methods for assembling an authentically Mediterranean meal with decidedly domestic sensibilities! Your lesson begins with dolmas, delicious beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves, served with a traditional lemon- and egg-based sauce. Then, create your own crisp and tender falafel with a cooling tzatziki sauce, plus freshly baked pita bread to enjoy with it. You'll also prepare a refreshing salad topped with plump olives and garden veggies before baking layers of phyllo dough and golden honey into a delightful baklava for dessert. 


Dolmas and Avgolemono Sauce

With grape leaves, rice, beef, lemon and eggs

Falafels, Tzatziki Sauce and Fresh Pita Bread

With chickpeas, cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, parsley, yeast and flour

Greek Salad in Creamy Tahini Dressing

With greens, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, pickled peppers and lemon


With phyllo dough, honey, walnuts and lemon

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 8
  • Event Duration 2.5 hours
  • Activity Level
    Activity Level
  • LabelsCouples, Group, Beginner, Mediterranean, Baking
  • This is a BYOB venue and alcoholic beverages are not available for sale. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to enjoy during class.

Outside Reviews for Chef Mary Jane

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Mira I.

07 Aug 2023

Chef Mary Jane’s expertise in pasta-making shone through, as she patiently guided us through each step of the process. From mixing and kneading the dough to rolling it out and creating beautiful pasta shapes. I not only learned the art of making fettuccini, ravioli, and tortellini but also discover the magic of the roasted butternut squash filling. After the class I feel more confident in my pasta making skills.

$ 85 Per person

all-inclusive: 2.5-hour class, meal and taxes.

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Event location: Des Moines

Chef’s Place


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Chef Mary Jane
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Chef Mary Jane's journey into the culinary realm has been nothing short of distinctive. She's traversed various avenues within the food industry – from wielding her pen as a culinary writer and weaving her artistic touch as a food stylist to innovating as a product developer and contributing her expertise to the Iowa Egg Council. Notably, she has even graced the kitchens of James Beard award-winning chefs with her culinary prowess. Through her roles as a food consultant and specialized chef, she has nurtured a truly unparalleled sense of creativity. With a treasure trove of experiences to draw from, Chef Mary Jane finds great joy in mentoring aspiring culinary talents, aiding them in mastering their craft.

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