Petersen Project group cooking classes chicago

We’ve broken down the process with easy tasks that teams can complete together to learn skills they’ll retain. You will come away with stronger connections between teammates.

Now in our 9th year, Peterson Garden Project teaches everyone (really) how to grow and cook their own food.

Learning together in the garden and the kitchen does much more than put fresh nutritious food on the table.  We are building strong communities, providing fresh produce to community food banks and creating a more sustainable resilient city.  Come and be part of the good food movement and have fun in the process.

You and your team are welcome in our 3,000-square-foot culinary facility in the heart of Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, to share a meal you’ve made together with guidance from our engaging and supportive instructors.  We’ve broken down the process to easy tasks that teams can complete together learning skills they’ll retain. And you’ll come away with a stronger connection with the team mates.

Or, maybe you want a traditional cooking class.  Come and learn from a local Chicago chef in action in our open kitchen.  Then everyone cooks at one of many worktables, and shares the final meal together around our farm table.

We work with you to customize your event to your specification —whether you’re looking for a fun way to reward your team after a successful project or explore communication and problem-solving skills in a low-pressure environment.

Competition Team-building Classes

In our Top Chef-style cooking classes, teams work together to create a seasonal dish from a mystery box of ingredients under the guidance of our chef. We facilitate and encourage leadership and team engagement during the class, making it a unique and memorable outing for staff development.

And best of all, your event directly supports Peterson Garden Project’s free educational programming for refugees, seniors, youth, and others in need in the community.

Our Community Cooking School is where plot meets plate, where we help everyone learn to cook for themselves, and where everyone is welcome at the table.

  • Total Capacity of Venue

    80 (40 for a hands-on class)

  • Private or Semi Private Space Available

    Community Cooking School, 80 people

  • Unique views

    No, but the space has a skylight for great light all year round.


  • Our most Important Target Market is?

    Anyone interested in unique team-building events, custom events, or holiday parties.

  • We are most proud of our ability to?

    Make attendees at all skill levels feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen while facilitating communication and bringing teams together.

  • We are famous with customers for our ability to?

    Provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere to connect with colleagues and friends over a delicious meal. As part of the fabric of the City of Chicago, we are inclusive and build community for all.

  • Unlike our competition, we offer customers?

    The opportunity to make a difference! Proceeds from events with Peterson Garden Project go to directly support free programs for refugees, youth, seniors, and others in need in the community.

  • We would like our customers to tell their friends that we provide the best?

    Unique experiences that also support the Chicago community.

  • Our company enhances customer lives by offering?

    The chance to connect with others over a shared meal and learn new skills in the kitchen. The opportunity to directly support local communities and provide free educational experiences to refugees, youth, seniors, and others in need.

  • We offer our customers the best?

    We offer the best team cooking classes around, from competition-style “mystery box” challenges to homemade pasta and more.

  • Recent Clients

    1. ComEd
    2. Illinois Institute of Technology
    3. Mattersight
    4. Loyola University
    5. Datassential

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Peterson Garden Project Community Cooking School

5917 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660 

Neighborhood: Edgewood
Capacity: 80 (40 for a hands-on class)


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