As more people decide to choose a career for which they can be passionate, culinary art schools catch the eye of many. Whether individuals want to go into restaurant management, hospitality, or become a chef – cooking schools can help prepare you for a variety of culinary art occupations. This may be one of the reasons that new cooking schools seem to be opening up all over the place:
It seems downtown Woodland is experiencing an Epicurean revival of sorts as a cooking school is set to open following the successful launch of two new restaurants during the first part of this year.
The Cup and Saucer, a boutique supplying kitchen wares, will open a cooking school in the back of the shop at 610 Main St., in a few months time. Meanwhile, owners Jim and Edna Bohon, of Fat Cat Cafe, are churning out lesson ideas.
Woodland’s last cooking school, The Wok Shop Cookery in Cottonwood Plaza, shut its doors 27 years ago. Local Betty Bigelow, now 82, taught lessons in the back of the building, which sold Oriental groceries and gifts. The cookery was open for five years.
“I’m very excited,” Bigelow said of “Woodland Good Eats Cooking School” opening. “I know Edna and I know; she’ll do a good job. I’m very supportive and may take a lesson or two.”
After closing The Wok Shop Cookery and a brief retirement, Bigelow began writing a monthly food column for The Democrat. Her “end” project was a book with the columns and recipes during her tenure at the newspaper, published in 2001.
While the cookbook, titled, “As I Remember,” is now out of print, copies are available to check out at the library.
The Cup and Saucer opened “softly” on March 30 and is planning its grand opening to coincide with the Historic Downtown Woodland Business Association’s Spring Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, April 21.