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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. Attendees can choose from demonstrations, excursions, talks and tastings and purchase classes a la carte or bundled in any combination.

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.


September 23-25, 2022: Comfortably Elegant Entertaining


Up your hosting game with tips, tricks and menu inspiration from one of the best! We’ll cover cocktails, appetizers, entrees, desserts and everything in between. Leave these sessions with newfound skills, ample recipes to reproduce at home and some good Southern lore.


Sheri Castle is the host of “The Key Ingredient,” a new cooking show on PBS with its second season scheduled to air in fall of 2022. She’s also an award-winning professional food writer, recipe developer, and cooking teacher known for melding stories, humor and culinary expertise. She’s authored multiple cookbooks and is a contributing editor for Southern Living magazine. In 2019, the Southern Foodways Alliance named Sheri among Twenty Living Legends of Southern Food, calling her “The Storyteller.” The description of her contributions said, “She has revealed herself to be our best advocate for the rich history of Southern home cooking.” Sheri says that she’s fueled by great stories, farmers’ markets and her beloved Appalachian mountains where she grew up. She admits that she’s not good with social media, but you can follow her on Instagram (sheri.castle), Twitter (@shericastle) or her website


Friday, Sept. 23 CookINN Classes with Sheri Castle

Tavern Creek Happy Hour and Appetizer Demonstration – $45/person
Relax in Tavern Creek Tavern or enjoy the fires outside on the patios while sipping signature cocktails and sampling heavy appetizers. Sheri will demonstrate two appetizers that you can easily replicate for your own guests while sharing their culinary story.
6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24 CookINN Classes with Sheri Castle

Afternoon Demonstration Class at International Choux Cooking School – $55/person
Sit back and soak in culinary tips and techniques in our new state-of-the-art cooking school. Perfectly curated, you will enjoy a signature cocktail and a demonstration of what’s to come that night for dinner.
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Evening Al Fresco Dinner – $100/person
6:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Chef’s Dinner Menu:

  • Spiced Shrimp in Crisp Phyllo with Tomato Jam
  • Reverse-seared NY Strip with Balsamic Bearnaise Sauce
  • Mustard Seed Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean and Crisp Bell Pepper Salad
  • Chocolate Truffle Pie with Raspberry Whipped Cream

Sunday, Sept. 25

Farewell Brunch – $55/person
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for one last meal for our farewell brunch. There will be something for everyone from sweet to savory and it will sure be a treat to your taste buds!

Farewell Brunch Menu:

  • Signature Mimosa
  • Deviled Egg and Asparagus Toast
  • Fresh Ginger Muffins
  • Citrus Salad with Honey and Bitters Dressing
  • Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Chevre, and Smoked Ham, served with Smokey Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • Fresh Grape Cake with Luscious Lemon Sauce

Join us for one, two or all four sessions!

Classes are individually priced (see above). The discounted price for all five sessions is $240 per attendee. Please call 636-458-0131 to reserve the all-session bundle.

No refunds for cancellations. With a minimum 72 hour cancellation, we will issue a credit for the amount paid toward a different class in the future for up to 1 year from the cancellation date.


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