Red Gingham Gourmet

Road Trip Across America - July 16-20, 2018 - 1:00-3:30 pm.

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Note: After an order is placed for a cooking class, you will receive an email requesting additional information about the student - age, emergency contact, food allergies, etc. 


Road Trip Across America - July 16-20, 2018 - Ages 7- teen - 1:00-3:30 pm.

Young chefs will prepare and enjoy traditional foods from 5 different states across America, without ever leaving town. Of course we will end our "road trip" right back here in Sweet Home Alabama. Please click on the Menu tab above for more information on what kids will prepare each day.  

Cooking classes are hands on and price includes all food, recipes and supplies. Participants will also learn kitchen safety, proper food handling and preparation, cooking and baking techniques. Aprons will be provided, and a souvenir chef hat.

Students will have closely supervised hands on experience and are encouraged to ask questions and offer their ideas and suggestions.

Classes run for 2 ½ hours for 5 consecutive days. Each class will prepare adequate quantities of each recipe to allow for student meals at the end of the class and take-home samples to share with family and friends.

Students will be standing, cooking and working most of the class. It is encouraged that students wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes and long hair pulled back.


Monday – California Baja Shrimp (or Chicken) Tacos on homemade corn tortillas Fresh Salsa and Chips Surf Board Sugar Cookies with Peach Frozen Yogurt   Tuesday – New Mexico   Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas Guacamole and salsa with chips Sopapillas with Honey   Wednesday – Texas   Pulled Pork BBQ Hash brown Casserole Cowboy Caviar and Chips Pecan Pie   Thursday -Louisiana   Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Muffuletta Sandwiches Pecan Pralines   Friday – Sweet Home Alabama   Grilled Chicken with White Sauce Twice Baked Potatoes Fried Okra Mixed Berry Cobbler

Instructor - Laura Hester



Laura Hester is the owner of Red Gingham Gourmet, a local company that produces fresh baked bread. Her Jalapeno and Classic cornbread muffins are sold in the frozen bread section of grocery stores throughout the southeast. Laura has been baking at the Culinary Center since 2005 and has also prepared Wednesday evening meals at her local congregation for several years. Mother of two sons and grandmother (GiGi) to a beautiful granddaughter; Laura loves cooking, baking and experimenting with new recipes.

Laura is a Healthy Hands Certified Instructor. She has completed the requirements to become a Certified Instructor, which includes, background check, Servesafe certification, working with food allergies, and tested on advanced kitchen and safety skills.

Contact Laura with any additional questions at

Shoals Culinary Center

610 West College Street

Florence, AL 35630


Cancellation and refunds are allowed up to one week from the first day of class. 

1. Model release form will need to be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian on the first day of class. If you do not wish to have your child's photo posted on Red Gingham Gourmet's website or social media accounts, that will be respected. We would love to email or text parents pictures of their children taken during the classes. 

2. Student/Parent agreement will need to be signed on first day of class.

NOTE: Forms are available to be emailed to parent or guardian, prior to the first class, to be filled out and signed by parent or guardian and brought with student on the first day.

Shoals Kids Cooking Club recipes are developed using common cooking and baking ingredients that may or may not be specified in the menu titles, including various fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, spices, wheat flours, etc. If your child has a food allergy, please contact Laura Hester ( 256-810-2655) before attending the class. 

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