I have driven past Jax Cooking Studio a million times but had no idea what was tucked inside this little gem. A friend of mine asked me to take an Instapot class with her. Mine has been collecting dust on the bottom pantry shelf for umm….hmm…. let’s just say more than a couple years. (Birthday gift from my husband: like or dislike?) This is how I first discovered Jax Cooking Studio.  

The school opened a couple years ago. Their focus is to not only teach culinary skills, but to encourage healthy meals, nutritious foods, and increasing quality family time in our fast-paced world. This theme was important to me as both a mom and a dietitian. It also made me think about the fun times I’ve already had with my 3-year-old in the kitchen and I am certainly not Martha Stewart!  So, when I learned kids classes, camps, and birthday parties were offered, I wanted to learn more!  

The studio is set up with individual kitchen stations around the perimeter and dining tables in the center. (Tables have now been separated to achieve social distance guidelines.)  In the back of the studio is the chef station with 2 big televisions for demonstration. Average class time is around 2.5 hours including cooking and eating!  

There are so many yummy classes to choose from! A few that peaked my taste buds: sushi, weekend brunch, cannoli and biscotti from scratch, and dim sum!  You could sample cuisines from around the world! Children may participate by coming with an adult. (The appropriate age-range for each class is listed on the website.) They also offer kids cooking classes (ages 6 and up) in which the children cook independently of their parents.  A sample brunch menu includes maple caramel pecan sticky buns, glazed apple fritters, and a spinach, bacon, cheddar quiche made with homemade crust.  WOW!  Hands raised for mouths watering!!  In addition, mimosas, sparkling cider and wine are served while you cook!   Adult ticket prices vary, but for this menu you’re looking at $60/pp and $35 for kids.

Summer camps have been a huge hit! The last 2 camps for the summer are Iron Chef Bootcamp from August 10-14 and Baking and Cake Decorating from August 17-21. Each camp meets Monday through Friday for three hours. There are two options: 9 am-12 pm or 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. I was able to observe a camp session and the apron-donned kids were having a blast making homemade pizzas!

Birthday parties are also offered at Jax Cooking Studio. Parties last between two and two-and-a-half hours and allow for up to ten children. They create one savory and one sweet item and celebrate the birthday while enjoying what they made. What a fun idea!

Jax Cooking Studio has so much to offer our community. I couldn’t agree more with their tagline, “enriching lives through food.”