Buffalo Bucket List Challenge: Hit Up a Cooking Class

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Getting healthy, nailing that promotion, sorting our your finances – they’re all respectable resolutions. But frankly, they’re boring af, which is why we here at Step Out Buffalo are challenging you to really step out of your comfort zone in 2017 with the Buffalo Bucket List Challenge. We know it can be difficult to constantly come up with new and exciting ways to enjoy your time here on planet earth, and more specifically Western New York, so we’re doing the work for you. Every Wednesday this year we’ll publish a new Buffalo Bucket List Challenge post with a fun / interesting / exciting / unique “task” to try.


Week 8: Start Cooking or Pick Up Healthier Habits

If the smoke detector is your dinner bell or you’ve noticed healthy habits slipping through the cracks, then this week’s challenge will be right up your alley.  Even if you’re a good cook, you might find yourself making the same few things every week.  Maybe it’s time to get out there and learn some new techniques and healthy tricks! Try one of the following classes in WNY to jazz up your usual routine.


Garden Fresh Foodie

veghead18@gmail.com / (716) 983-8965


Class Details: Jessica is the founder of Garden Fresh Foodie! She is a certified plant-based chef with a certification in plant-based nutrition. Learn how to remain a foodie while adding nutrition to your diet! “Soup’s On”, “Awaken Your Senses With Spring Foods”, and “It’s time shake those winter blues away & get ready for spring holidays!!” are just a few of the classes you can expect to see on her list.  Classes generally run from 6pm-8pm and cost $35, but that can vary depending on the event.  


Go Veggies

1290 Sheridan Dr in Tonawanda / (716) 908-2778


Class Details: Healthy cooking classes are offered on Mondays from 6-7:30pm and Sundays 11am-12:30pm.  You can purchase one class for $25, two classes for $35, and three classes for $40. Learn how to make tasty vegan foods from the pros themselves!


Independent Health Corporation

511 Farber Lakes Dr in Buffalo / (716) 631-3001


Class Details: Learn how to include healthy options and fresh ingredients with featured chefs from local restaurants like D’Avolio, Lloyd, Delaware North, and more.  The classes are $15 and run from 6pm-8pm.  Enjoy some tasty samples and learn about how to make healthy foods fun! This is more of a lecture and eat session vs. actually learning with hands-on cooking, but it’s still a great event to check out if you’re looking to learn new things.


Culinary Arts Center Cooking Classes

3295 Walden Avenue in Depew / (716) 818-1140


Class Details: Learn new techniques and about helpful appliances while working side by side with the chef to prepare a full meal! Classes run from 7pm-9pm and vary in price, but generally stay in the $70-$80 range.  



Williams-Sonoma Culinary

1 Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga / (716) 651-0057

Class Details: Corporate classes are offered, but they also host a guest chef series unique to their store.  The Guest Chef Series usually costs anywhere between $25-$45 depending on if you’re just having dinner prepared by the chef or if it’s a hands-on class (closer to $40/$45).  The guest chef selects a local charity of their choice to donate the profits to.  They created this event for the community and to give back to the community! There’s no real rhyme or reason when it comes to their schedule.  It depends on when the guest chefs are free, so it’s best to find out what’s coming up next by calling them.


Steak Stone and Sushi Classes

5772 S Transit Rd in Lockport / (716) 433-1459


Class Details: Learn how to roll your own sushi at Steak Stone and Sushi!  These guys occasionally offer sushi classes for $60 per person or $120 per couple that run for 2 hours and include sake pairings to accompany the different rolls.

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