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HGS Home Chef offers all the cookware, tools and gadgets that any home chef could possibly hope for, but what sets us apart is our two beautiful teaching kitchens. Within these inviting rooms, renowned national and local experts give classes on how to prepare the most delicious food, simple to sublime. Browse upcoming classes below. Details:

10% discount: all students get 10% off card for use on class day only when making merchandise purchases.

Questions about classes, or trouble registering? Email homechef [at] hillsdalegeneralstore [dot] com, or call (518) 325-7000. We’re open 10-6 Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesday. 

Classes are geared for adults, except as noted, but children over 7 accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets, but cancellations are entitled to credit for another class of equal value within the subsequent two months. 

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August 2017

Classic Iranian Barbecue, With Serge Madikians

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Back by popular demand, after a sellout July session: Join Chef Serge Madikans of Serevan Restaurant in Amenia, NY, for an exotically delicious menu prepared on the grill in our kitchen courtyard. You’ll learn to make delicious chicken kebabs, Persian rice with crispy tahdig, cucumber, tomato and onion salad with fresh herbs, and a mint sweet-sour refreshing drink. Afterwards, we’ll have fresh sour cherry and rice noodle dessert. You’ll learn Serge’s secrets on how to make it all!

(Limited to just 12 people.)


Simple and Spectacular Summer Grilling with Alexandra Stafford

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


‘Tis the season of food meeting fire. In this class, we’ll turn the oven off and take the cooking outside:

  • We’ll grill skewered cubes of chicken and make souvlaki sandwiches with tzatziki and quick-pickled onions.
  • We’ll briefly marinate salmon before grilling it atop cedar planks.
  • We’ll quickly grill slabs of flavorful skirt steak, which we’ll brush with a spicy, herby chimichurri.

As the meats marinate, cook, and rest, we’ll prepare cooling salads, sides and pickles to accompany the charred and burnished foods emerging from the grill.

About Alexandra Stafford

Ali Stafford, author of the hit food blog “Alexandra’s Kitchen” (www.alexandracooks.com), grew up eating her mother’s peasant bread at nearly every meal — the recipe for which was a closely guarded family secret. When her website began to grow in popularity, readers began asking how to make the bread they had heard so much about. Alexandra’s mother acquiesced, and the recipe got shared, and has since inspired many who had deemed bread-baking an impossibility to give it a try, and their results have exceeded expectations.

September 2017

Seasonal Pie & Tart Baking with Louise Roback

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Louise Roback, in-house pastry cook at HGS Home Chef, will demonstrate how to make easy, delicious fruit pies, tarts and galettes using apples, pears, plums and raspberries. In this hands-on class, even nervous bakers will gain confidence as we cover tips and techniques to successfully master pie dough (pâte brisée) and tart dough (pâte sucrée).

We will bake with local fresh fruit, and discuss how to successfully combine fresh and dried fruit with spices and herbs, along with sauces and ice cream for optimal baking (and eating!) in-season. Join us in our beautiful baking kitchen for this essential pie & tart class followed by a pie-eating extravaganza!


Carrie Chen’s Hands-on Chinese Dumpling Workshop

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Take an Asian culinary tour through a delicious dumpling lens! Join Carrie Chen for this hands-on class where you’ll learn about, make, and taste a wide assortment of dumplings in Asian cuisine. Go beyond the wonton as we explore recipes from different regions of China. From savory meat and vegetarian options to sweet pastry-like concoctions, there’s something to suit everybody’s palate. Discover how to create unique fillings, mix various kinds of dumpling dough, and wrap them together in a few easy steps. These crowd-pleasing treats are fun for the whole family, and a great way to introduce your little ones to the kitchen.

Carrie Chen follows in a long line of superb Taiwanese chefs and will demystify the dumpling-making process as she combines Eastern and Western culinary techniques to produce flavorful family-friendly dishes.

October 2017

Pumpkin Pie Contest (Part of Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival)

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join in the fun of the Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival by baking and bringing your best homemade pumpkin pie to our kitchen between 10 AM and 2:30 PM on Oct. 7th. At 3:30 pm, Chef David Wurth of CrossRoads Food Shop and Louise Roback, in-house cook at HGS Home Chef, will judge the pies.
First place prize is a $100 gift certificate at HGS Home Chef. Second place prize is a $25 gift certificate at CrossRoads Food Shop. Participants are welcome back to the store at 4:30 PM to collect their pies (or what’s left of them!) to share with their fans. The winners will be announced on Facebook and contacted that evening with the good news.

Here’s how to enter:

“Register” your entry by using the Eventbrite ticket system (it’s free), so we know who to expect. (Last-minute walk-in pie entries will be welcome, too.)

When you come to drop your pie on event day, please attach your name, phone number and email address to the plate or box. Any other information about the pie would be helpful, such as a particular ingredient or technique that you feel sets your pie apart.
This contest is FREE to all who bring in a pie!


Pumpkin Pie 101 Plus, with Louise Roback

October 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In celebration of the Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival, we are pursuing all things pumpkin in this baking class. Learn to make delicious from-scratch pumpkin pie in this hands-on class, including roasting pie pumpkins (no cans!) and a no-fail piecrust (essential for all your pie baking).

Students will leave with the skills and confidence to create genuine and truly delicious pumpkin pies at home. We’ll also make pumpkin muffins, and learn tips on baking pumpkin cake, bread and cookies. After this class you’ll volunteer to bring pie to all the holiday parties!

All proceeds will be donated to Historic Hillsdale to help restore the Historic Eastgate Tollhouse.


Breakfast/Brunch with Jeff Kohman of CrossRoads Food Shop

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join CrossRoads Food Shop Sous Chef (and bagel maker extraordinaire) Jeff Kohman as he creates an out-of-the-ordinary breakfast menu sure to inspire. You’ll learn tips on how to create scrumptious breakfast feasts you’ll want to repeat through the cold months. These dishes can be assembled in advance, making them an ideal choice for entertaining a crowd with ease. And, as is the mantra of CrossRoads, the ingredients will be seasonal and locally sourced.


  • Spanish Tortilla – a savory potato dish served with an herb pesto
  • Baked Pumpkin French Toast – with Hillsdale General Store Maple Syrup
  • Homemade Granola – and how to use it as an ingredient for other dishes
  • Autumn Fruit Salad

Limited to 10 people.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.


Hands-on Paella Party! with Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

In this fun hands-on class Bruce and Mark will teach you how to create a custom paella that suits your taste. Building it from the base up with your choice of mouthwatering ingredients including sausages, chicken, pancetta, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and more. Their easy and innovative approach to this classic dish starts on the stovetop and finishes in the oven.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are a cooking-writing duo with lots (and we mean lots) of creative energy. They’ve written a shelf FULL of cookbooks, teach all over the country, write for newspapers, appear on television and love great food. You’ll find their class chock full of essential tips while being wildly entertaining too!

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