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Welcome to Bygone Basics

Bygone Basics Culinary School is not a “cookie cutter” cooking class. This is an experience, a hands-on adventure into history through heirloom culinary and lifestyle activities. This is not an observation session where you sit around watching someone else demonstrate gourmet foods you may never go home and recreate. Re-live an era when things were simpler, foods were natural, saving pennies was important, and people knew what was on their plate.

Discover the simple pleasures of earlier American kitchens, great food from scratch, and rural farm life. This truly unique cooking school was named in November 2014 as one of Michigan’s BEST PIE MAKERS by MLIVE. In a historic 144 year old manse, Chef Valerie Hanson, Kitchenaire, opens the door of the Bygone Basics Culinary School to you, for the lost (almost) culinary arts of “putting food by” and the home artisan skills of pressure and water bath canning, fermenting, making meals from scratch, baking and cooking from whole foods, cheese-making, sourdough bread artistry, jam/jelly making, and soap making. We invite you to make memories, eat great food and gain skills you really can use!

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).  We also offer select products for your purchase.  See our Bakery and Goods page for an overview of what you can order by phone or email.  Visit our online store for select items that can be purchased online.

All classes listed on the calendar page are open for registration. But if you are interested in one that doesn’t fit your schedule, contact us.  We may be able to add one for you.  If you prefer a different payment method, just contact us with your registration information.

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 for more information.