This program provides quality care in a fun, safe and caring environment.
Have some fun participating in this LIVE virtual Family Fun BAKE-ALONG class, as you BAKE & BUILD your own GINGERBREAD HOUSE together! Start a new holiday family tradition and create lifelong memories as you bring your family together to create a show-stopping edible work of art!
Together, we will combine the wonderful flavors of gingerbread and use the dough to create the pieces that will be used to “build” breathtaking houses, and make the stiff royal icing that will hold everything together and be used as the “glue” to decorate your houses with candies and delicious treats.
Participants will receive a list of ingredients at least a week in advance of the class to allow time for shopping and preparation. Participants will also receive a template that will need to be printed and cut out before the class to be used as a “pattern” to cut out the gingerbread before it is baked. We will be using the instructor’s Gingerbread Recipe for these houses that she has tested time and time again to ensure the cookie pieces are delicious but strong enough to hold the weight of the frosting and decorations as well. Participants will receive this recipe and template in a professionally developed PDF packet. Instructions on how to prepare for the class will be included. It will be a very memorable evening!
This class will take place on Zoom, a free on-line software. Participants will receive instructions on how to access the class prior to it starting.
Equipment Needs: Large sheet pan, parchment paper / non-stick baking mat, rolling pin, and mixer will be needed. Other items and ingredients will be listed in the handout you will receive 5-7 days before class
Note: One registration fee for this online virtual class can include immediate family members living full-time in the same home ONLY. If friends are gathering together in one person's home for a fun class, each adult friend / separate family needs to register separately. If children are participating, adult supervision is required.
Tess Georgakopoulos, also known as "Chef Tess--Culinary Artist," has been cooking and baking for well over 45 years since she was roughly 6 years old. Born into a Greek family, the art of cooking traditional meals using one's senses rather than recipes and measurements was passed on from one generation to the next. Her father was also a trained chef who brought the magic of food to life in another form on the weekends as they cooked elaborate family meals together. Food prepared from the heart, with one's own hands and creativity was, and continues to be an expression of love in her home. As an accomplished cook and baker, Tess enjoys creating original recipes for her family and friends. Sweet, savory, or doughy, she enjoys experimenting and creating in the kitchen daily.
Tess is proficient and experienced in creating classes and curriculum for conventional cooking, baking, pressure-cooking, air frying, pizza making, Mediterranean cooking, bread baking, and meal preparation as well. A Culinary Artist, indeed!
She has been teaching both in-person and online cooking classes through community education for a number of years, having successfully worked with just over 50 public school districts in and around the Twin Cities, in many corners of Minnesota, in addition to school districts in Wisconsin, Missouri, New York and Arizona. Through her teaching, Tess has helped people of all skill levels increase their confidence and expand their skills in the kitchen, reaching heights of their own personal creativity that they never knew existed!
Always working towards expanding her culinary repertoire, Tess enjoys spending much of her free time in her test kitchen, creating new recipes and reinventing traditional ones using traditional cooking methods and new cooking appliances, such as the Instant Pot and Air Fryers too.
Tess has recently started writing her first cookbook, and her food blog is also in the works! Some of her creations can be seen on her Facebook page, "Dish it up Good, or on her Instagram feed.