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CookINN Classes
at International Choux Co.

International Choux Co., the cooking school of The Inns at St. Albans, presents an exciting slate of culinary classes taught by award-winning cooks, bakers, food professionals and best-selling authors. Our CookINN Classes are intimate and immersive experiences centered around a theme and led by a visiting chef.

Our name pays homage to Oscar Johnson, co-founder of the International Shoe Company, and his wife Irene Johnson, the visionary who cultivated St. Albans’ beauty and tradition of hospitality throughout the early 20th century.


April 13, 2023: Easy Spring Entertaining


It’s the time of year where we’re entertaining and celebrate lots! Join best-selling cookbook author Judith Fertig for an afternoon or evening class at International Choux Co. where she’ll show us how to whip up some impressive appetizers, main dishes and desserts you can make ahead then serve to rave reviews!


Judith Fertig is an award-winning and bestselling cookbook author, specializing in baking, barbecue and the regional cuisine of the Heartland, where flavor and storytelling combine. After college at Wittenberg University and Ohio State, she studied at École de Cuisine La Varenne (formerly in Paris) and The Cordon Bleu in London plus The Iowa Writers Workshop. Her food and lifestyle writing has appeared in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times, Country Homes & Interiors, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Natural Awakenings, Better Homes & Gardens, Saveur, Country Living, Fine Cooking, and Eating Well. Fertig has appeared on the Food Network and many TV and radio programs.

Author of Easy Bread: 100 No-Knead Recipes, Fertig also wrote 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Bread Recipes; I Love Cinnamon Rolls; The Gardener and the Grill; Patio Pizzeria; and Red, White, and ‘Que. The Back in the Swing Cookbook won an IACP Award. Prairie Home Cooking was nominated for both the James Beard and IACP Awards. Currently, she writes for IN Kansas City Magazine and Eating Well and blogs at Fertig’s novels include The Cake Therapist and its sequel, The Memory of Lemon, which won the Kansas Notable Book Award in 2017.


Thursday, April 13 CookINN Classes with Judith Fertig

Lunch and Learn – $70/person.  1 to 3 p.m.
It’s “Spring Break to Mexico,” and we’re making – and sipping on – margaritas while learning from Fertig how to whip up a lunch of mouth-watering queso and chips; a roasted onion, pepper and corn salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette; and oven-planked chicken breasts with chile-lime sofrito. We’ll finish off our fiesta with puff pastry churros with Mexican chocolate ganache.

Demo & Dinner – $80/person.  6 to 8 p.m.
“Spring Fling” time! Enjoy a Farm Girl Cosmo while Fertig demonstrates a savory flatbread; oven-planked salmon with smoky orange aioli; and roasted asparagus. Top off the meal with a springtime pavlova!


Classes are individually priced. Please email if you have any questions.

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: Due to the unique nature of this event, we cannot offer refunds or credits for cancellations. Tickets, however, are fully transferable.


Special RatesAdd on an overnight stay to enhance your experience. Single room, cottages and whole home rentals available.