Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



There’s something cooking at Greenville’s favorite kitchen store for your entire family

Posted 8/2/2012 6:36:00 AM

Is your child an aspiring chef? Sign them up for a cooking class at The Cook’s Station in Greenville. Chef Corie Martin of Pink Lady Catering teaches kids about stove and oven safety, how to use kitchen tools, and other ins and outs of the kitchen as they whip up gourmet creations.

My 10-year-old daughter took a doughnut class there in July. She’s always begging me to make something in the kitchen, so when I found out about The Cook’s Station’s one-day classes, I signed her up. Chef Corie owns a catering businesses and Greenville’s first cupcake truck. She even appeared on the 3rd Season of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She was fantastic with the kids. She answered all of their questions and encouraged them along as they measured, mixed, baked and glazed dozens of doughnuts to enjoy around the table with a glass of milk after the class.

Cook’s Station hosted a series of kids summer classes including French Crepes from Scratch, Italian Kids Cuisine, Crazy for Cupcakes, Cake Pops and Whoopie Pies, Dessert Party, a chocolate class, and class on easy box lunches and Easy Breakfast 101. Though the summer classes booked up fast, Chef Corie is returning throughout the year for weekend cupcake decorating classes.

Kelly Ballentine Colacioppo opened the retail kitchen supply store in Greenville’s Historic West End at 659 S. Main St. in 1997 and in 2011 opened a second appliance showroom just down the road at 26 Augusta St. The Cook’s Station has an amazing selection of kitchen gadgets and South Carolina gourmet goods and products. I snagged a bag of Carolina Plantation grits, a jar of Sallie’s Greatest Peach Pepper + Ginger Jam and some tea from Charleston Tea Plantation’s American Classic Tea while I was there and made a mental note for Christmas gifts.

Visit the Cook Station website for a complete calendar of wine tastings, cooking classes and other foodie events.