- $69 for a Pasta 102 ravioli-making class for two, including a three-course lunch with caprese salad, fettuccine alfredo, and cherries jubilee ($144 value)
During pasta classes, students master the art of making pasta. Unlike Pasta 101 classes, which teach students how to make pasta from scratch using a marble-top table, Pasta 102 classes teach students how to craft filled pasta. At the end of the class, pupils get to take home their creations. Classes are offered Wednesday-Saturday at 12pm or 2pm. Classes are scheduled based on demand, with a minimum attendance of 8 guests.
The Local Epicurean
At The Local Epicurean, owner Ryan Raredon, who has been profiled in the Grand Rapids Press, began pasta-making as a hobby. But his handmade pastas and seasonings soon became so popular at local farmers’ markets that he was inspired to open his own store. Beyond pasta, today the space is filled with fine infused oils, cheeses, breads, and other sundries that make customers' pasta feasts all the more special.
But the store is more than just a point of sale for artisanal foods. A chocolate lounge area is filled with selections of cocoa-based confections and organic coffees and teas where guests can sit and peacefully sip. There's even a space for classes where students meet to learn the fine art of pasta-making, with pasta flavors varying based on seasonality and the commands of a magic 8 ball.