Cooking classes at Nestle Inn are always informal, fun and hands on. Each class will provide you with the skill to prepare what you learn at home. Our Chef instructors are some of Indy's most talented chefs from the Ivy Tech Culinary Program, The Chef's Academy and from local restaurants and food venues from around town. Get a group of your friends together.....grab your best friend, grab your mom or just come solo and meet new people! Private cooking classes are available as well as team building classes with your co workers.
Be sure to check availability at Nestle Inn for an overnight stay on your class day. Mass Avenue is waiting for you once you finish in the kitchen! Then walk home to Nestle Inn. Single or Double occupancy: Receive $20 off your room rate with the purchase of a cooking class.
During the months of July and August, the Nestle Inn kitchen and dining room will undergo a complete renovation in order to provide more space for classes. Classes will resume in September. Check the calendar to the right to choose your class and register.
Click on the dates in orange on the calendar to the right to select a topic which fits your interests for the months of September and October. Then click on Register Now to complete your reservation and payment on Eventbrite.com. Classes are held on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and on Saturdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the Nestle Inn kitchen. Classes are open to all and no previous cooking experience is necessary. November and December dates coming soon!
for cooking classes are also available and can be purchased on our Gift Certificate tab or you can call us at the Inn at 317-610-5200. We will be happy to e-mail a certificate to you or your recipient or put a certificate in the mail. The person receiving the gift certificate can then choose the topic of their choice.
Please remember that redemption of a gift certificate can only be honored on the date of reservation for a cooking class. Sorry, but we are not able to change reservation dates on gift certificates. Redemption of gift certificates are based upon availability at the time of booking and are considered the same as cash.
Meet the Chefs!
Chef Lauren Saffel
Chef Lauren Saffel grew up in Crawfordsville Indiana and moved to Indianapolis after she graduated high school to study pastry arts at The Chef's Academy. She graduated with high honors from the Chef's Academy and loves sharing her passion for pastries with anyone willing to learn. Chef Lauren has been making custom cakes since she was 12 years old and has been running a small dessert business for over 8 years. She also worked at one of Indianapolis's most famous family owned bakeries, Taylor's Bakery. Chef Lauren currently works at Market District in Carmel as a Chef administrator and enjoys sharing her love of food with others.
Chef Anna Powell
Anna's great grandmother began teaching her how to cook at the age of 10. She grew up in a community of hunters and fishermen and worked on farms as a child. At 14, she traded her overalls and gardeners gloves for a servers apron and waitressed in a small bistro. At 18, she transitioned to corporate America and quickly progressed into management. In 2009, she arrived in Indiana from Southwest Michigan. After moving downtown, she joined a professional women's group and attended a presentation about living your life's passion. Walking out of that meeting, she decided to pursue her passion: all aspects of food. Since then, Anna has graduated from culinary school, became a Slow Food Indy board member, Second Helpings volunteer and catering program manager at Ivy Tech Community College's Hospitality department. Last year, Anna started a business growing micro greens, baby lettuces and selling her products at four area farmers markets. Curretly, she is majoring in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management, at Indiana University Lily School of Philanthropy.
Chef Matthew Mejia
Chef Mejia was raised on the north side of Indianapolis, and received his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Joliet Jr. College in 1990, and an Associate Degree in Pastry Arts from The Chef’s Academy in 2009. He has 30 years of culinary experience, and has worked in many cities; Chicago, Madrid, Phoenix, Sydney, and Indianapolis. My expertise is in Mediterranean food, predominantly Spanish, as well as Southwestern, Cajun, and Australian cuisines.
In 2003 he and his brother developed a wine importing business which was in operation for about 3 years. Wine is another passion of his, and chef Mejia is currently studying for the exam to become a “Certified Sommelier”.
After his restaurant experience, he became an instructor at The Chef’s Academy. Currently Chef Mejia is working on his Bachelor’s degree in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at Harrison College.
Chef Lytta Strickland
As the Nestle Inn Chef, Lytta prepares all the wonderful baked goods, biscotti and other creative food served at the Inn. Chef Lytta and her husband Les owned a successful restaurant in 'the region' for many years and brings her restaurant experience to Nestle Inn. Chef Lytta is a creative chef who makes fresh, simple food taste unbelievable. It is hard to list her specialties but her scones are legendary...... As are her biscotti...and butter bars! Yes, Chef Lytta is responsbile for those Butter Bars! From her years running her restaurant, Chef Lytta has learned a thing or two about food cost and how to be smart with your food budget and at the same time still focus on taste and presentation. She is an excellent instructor in the kitchen as well as a chef extraordinaire. Next time you visit the Inn, say hello to Chef Lytta in the kitchen!