New Classes in our New Classroom!

Since Johann Eckert settled in Illinois in 1837, the Eckert family has not only continued the legacy of growing the finest fruit, but also the tradition of preparing and enjoying meals as a family. There years ago, Eckert's began offering cooking and wine classes so we could share this passion with our guests. What started as a seasonal cooking demonstration, has since evolved, resulting in a 1,200 square foot cooking classroom in the new Country Store!

Eckert's has increased the amount of adult cooking classes, wine and food pairing classes, Mommy & Me cooking classes (ages 4 and under) and kids cooking classes (4-12 years old). In addition, classes will expand to include visiting local farmers, cookbook authors and chefs. We will also be offering this new space to visiting groups, as well as for birthday parties and scout activities.

Here is a sneak peek preview of all the July classes that will be held in the new classroom:

FREE Drop-In Cooking Demo
July 10th & 11th: 10 am - 4 pm

Wine & Cheese Pairings
July 15th: 6 pm - 8 pm

Cooking with Herbs
July 17th: 1 pm - 3 pm
July 28th: 6 pm - 8 pm

Mommy & Me Cooking Class: Eckert Grown Favorites
July 19th: 9:30 am - 11 am
July 31st: 9:30 am - 11 am

Kids Cooking Class: Homegrown Cooking
July 20th: 10 am - 12 pm
July 27th: 10 am - 12 pm

Homegrown Recipes Cooking Class
July 22: 6 pm - 8 pm

Canning, Preserving & Freezing Homegrown Favorites
July 24: 1 pm - 3 pm

Wine 101
July 31: 4 pm - 5:30 pm

The new Country Store, residing at the original Belleville location, will open to the public on July 6th. Make sure to stop by the new classroom and get a complete listing of classes offered throughout the rest of the year!

Spaces are limited and reservations are required. Please call (618) 233-0513 to make your reservation today!