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Private Event for Scott and guests
Fresh foods produced, harvested and locally sourced by Diane and her extended market family are the foundation for your private dinner party. While preparing your authentic Northwest Meal you’ll learn more about the families and local food community who produced the ingredients you’ll find in the Market Kitchen. Menus will be based on seasonal ingredients and typically include: appetizer, fish/seafood, red meat (chicken – lamb), salad, cheese and dessert. Sit back and relax this is a unique opportunity for you and your chosen guests to join Diane in her kitchen where cooking and companionship combine to create a memorable event.

(8 person minimum)

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One Class   |   $165.00
0 seats available

Tuesday, October 22
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6 courses, dinner, flavorful, fresh, local, local, party, private event, seasonal, simple

Chicken 4 Ways
From whole bird to 4 simple meals for complicated lives
We will begin by learning how to break down and whole chicken and then use the various parts for four simple meals. Once you know how to break down a whole chicken you can save money and not be forced into buying parts in quantity to save money. This poplar class has been a part of the basics series by demand for years.

Roasted chicken with garlic
Chicken curry
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Dijonaisse

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One Class   |   $115.00
5 seats available

Friday, October 25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hands On


Frozen Dinners and Second Meals
How to build a frozen pantry and be intentional about leftovers
When I was raising my children, I had three part-time jobs, and the grocery store was a minimum of an hour round trip. So, if we were going to eat home-made meals and sit down to dinner every night, I had to GET ORGANIZED! These are some of my favorite frozen dinners and “leftovers”, foods you can make once and have immediately available to make something else, perhaps another dinner or lunch at work? We CAN do this… it just takes some desire, thought and preparation. We'll work with a couple of different beans, include bechamel, salad dressings that can be made and held in your refrigerator for up to a week and maybe a dessert that freezes well too. You'll also get my "frozen pantry" list.

Recent Class:
Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken Divan
Cold Broccoli Salad

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One Class   |   $105.00
6 seats available

Sunday, October 27
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hands On


Cooking and Eating Local for Presley and Friends
A Celebration of Artisan Food
One of the treasures of Seattle and the Northwest, Pike Place Market is a trove of merchandise and vendors, many of whom have long and illustrious histories at the Market. Both visitors to and longtime residents of Seattle can experience the Market in new and wonderful ways with culinary instructor Diane LaVonne as she introduces you its vibrant producer operated stalls. Shopping the market with your private chef, you will immediately recognize Diane’s approach to food and friends, connecting to each other and the larger community. While the foods of the Market are the focal point of the tour, what makes the tour really special is the vendors who share their expertise and enthusiasm generously with Diane and her guests. As a natural storyteller, Diane can provide you with the context of these amazing people and their products. Based on more than three decades of relationships, these folks are not only collaborators in creating an innovative and committed “food community,” they serve as important resources and on-going inspiration for Diane’s Market Kitchen.
After discovering the market, enter the bright and spacious Diane’s Market Kitchen, take a seat at the counter and feel yourself relax. Prepare to be delighted as Diane demonstrates how to prepare an authentic Northwest meal with the wonderful locally produced ingredients chosen by and for you.
When you leave, you will have a satisfied palate, a set of recipes and wonderful memories, a true taste of the best Seattle has to offer, the people of Pike Place Market, and a meal created with the gifts from the waters, farms and orchards which surround this gem of the Northwest.

Individual or Group Reservations Available

Only invited guests may register.
One Class   |   $150.00
6 seats available

Friday, November 1
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

flavorful, local, local, lunch, market, pike place, pike place market, seasonal, tour

Mexican "Dia de los Muertos"

Join Diane for an evening filled with exploration into the beauty and simplicity of Mexican cuisine. Starting with fresh ingredients sourced from the most reliable purveyors in the Pike Place Market and surrounding area, these wonderful dishes will be simple and loaded with flavor.

Mexican food culture is an important part of their Day of the Dead celebrations. The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated by those of Latin descent to remember family members that have passed away. Although the holiday celebrates the dead, it is not at all scary or even somber, but instead is a festive holiday in which deceased family are thought to pay a visit to the living. Families prepare an altar in their own homes for giving offerings, which include a variety of food items. The food items are set out to feed the souls traveling to their family homes.

Sample Menu:

Red Enchiladas
Salad with Tomatillo and Pumpkin seeds
Refried Beans
Candied Pumpkin
Pan de Muerto - Sweet "Bread of the Dead"
Sugar Skulls

One Class   |   $91.00
4 seats available

Saturday, November 2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hands On
Gluten Free


The perfect quiche and other savory pies's not just for dessert anymore
There is nothing like a trip to France to do a bit of a quiche re-boot. I was reminded of how truly
wonderful this quintessential French meal can be. I've also been a fan of pies for years and savory ones are not something many of us think about. So here you go. And by the way, these make for some pretty good second meals too. :-)

Classic Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Chicken Pot Pie
Tomato and Cheese Pie

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One Class   |   $115.00
6 seats available

Sunday, November 3
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hands On


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