Special Events

Special events

BAKE! brings you rare learning opportunities with guest instructors from around the country offering a variety of talks, demonstrations and hands-on classes. Don't miss out!

Virtual Southern Italian Dinner Demo with Francesca Giaraffa

Join us for a virtual demo* that will have you falling for the art and joy of southern Italian food.

In this virtual demo, you will learn to make a four-course Italian dinner: a strip steak with lemon sauce (Bistecca Con Salsa a Limone), Tuscan-style black kale (Cavalo Nero alla Toscana) farro risotto with hazelnuts (Farrotto con Nocciole), and chocolate mousse (Spuma di Cioccolato).

This demo will be recorded and sent out after class; feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Francesca Giarraffa emigrated to the United States in 1984 from her home in Naples, Italy, and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Francesca learned to cook the traditional way from her grandmother, mother, and Aunt Francesca who owned and operated a restaurant in Milan. She spent many of her teenage summers working side by side with her aunt in her restaurant kitchen. Francesca is well versed in the regional specialties of Milan and Naples and her repertoire also includes Sicilian dishes from her travels to Sicily to visit her father's family.

Francesca continued her culinary education in Ann Arbor restaurants and began her own catering business. For the past twenty years she's been teaching Italian cooking out of her home, and at  Washtenaw Community College and Ann Arbor Rec & Ed., a branch of Ann Arbor Public schools. She also leads group culinary tours to Italy.

* Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program.

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Virtual $15.00 70 spots left

Chinese Steamed Buns (Baozi) Virtual Demo with Shih-Wen Wu

Join us for this two-hour, virtual demofeaturing Shih-Wen Wu, a former instructor for the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan and a well-loved guest instructor at BAKE!. Watch and learn as she shows us how to make Chinese Steamed Buns (known as Baozi, or simply Bao), a very popular food in Chinese cuisine. Along city streets, you can often find food vendors selling all kinds of Bao, which can come in a variety of shapes and sizes with various fillings. Savory buns come filled with meat, fish, or vegetables, some seasoned with BBQ or hot spices. Sweet buns are filled with red bean paste, lotus seed paste, custard, black sesame, chocolate, or come as just plain steamed dough (known as Mántóu, or simply as Mó). Buns are usually steamed, but can also come pan-fried. In this demo, Shih-Wen will show you how to make, shape, fill, proof and steam Bao. This will open the door to experience a new world of Chinese cooking!

This virtual demo will be recorded and sent out to you after class; feel free to pour a cup of tea and enjoy the show. There will also be a moderator fielding questions throughout the demonstration.

When you register for the virtual demo, you'll receive the Zoom invite and the recipes that Shih-Wen will be demonstrating. 

*Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program.

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Virtual $15.00 14 spots left
Dim Sum Class Online Egg Custard and Wontons

Shih-Wen Wu Virtual Dim Sum Demo

Join us for this two-hour, virtual demofeaturing Shih-Wen Wu, a former instructor for the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan and a well-loved guest instructor at BAKE!. Watch and learn as she shows us how to make Dim Sum. Dim Sum refers to a wide variety of bite-sized Chinese delicacies that are usually served with tea. Shih-Wen will be making four of her favorites: egg custard tarts, fresh spring rolls, fried vegetarian egg rolls, and wontons. 

Feel free to pour a cup of tea and enjoy the demonstration, as we will send out a video recording afterwards. There will be a moderator fielding questions throughout the demonstration. 

When you register for the virtual demo, you will receive the Zoom invite and the recipes that Shih-Wen will be demonstrating. 

*Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program.

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Virtual $15.00 17 spots left