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Bygone Basics Culinary Schools – Home Sweet Home
Not a "cookie cutter" cooking class...This is an Experience....a hands-on adventure into history through heirloom culinary and lifestyle activities.


Discover the simple pleasures of earlier American kitchens and rural farm life.  This is a truly unique cooking school!

Named in November 2014 as one of Michigan’s BEST PIE MAKERS by MLIVE.

In a historic 141 year old manse, Chef Valerie Hanson, Kitchenaire,  opens the door of the Bygone Basics Culinary Schools to you for the lost (almost) culinary arts of “putting food by” and the home artisan skills of pressure and water bath canning,fermenting, baking and cooking from whole foods, cheese-making, sourdough bread artistry,  jam/jelly making, candle and soap making.  Make memories, eat great food, gain skills you really can use.  

This is a hands-on experience.  Not an observation session where you sit around watching someone else demonstrate, 

Re-Live an era when things were simpler, foods were natural, saving pennies was important, and people knew what was on their plate.

Heritage Culinary Schools

Preserving the harvest is food at its best!

This is also a great cooking vacation. There is no better way to see the character and flavor of an area than through experiencing its food and heritage.  Call us at 231-740-4065 or email us at

So, peruse our site and register today for YOUR unique heritage cooking class or other experiential session.  There are a lot of options from our premium private experiences that are tailored to you and include a meal, to our regularly scheduled sessions, to actually staying at our on-site Bed & Breakfast (Amanda’s Bequest – Heritage Farm Stay Bed & Breakfast) Guests are welcome to bring bottled water or wine if they wish, we have glasses for your use.  No other food or beverage please.

To contact us see the link at the footer of any page.  There, you will find a map and directions too!

All classes listed on the calendar page are open for registration. If the session you are interested in is not listed in the online registration page, or you prefer a different payment method, just email or call with your registration information.