Cooking School

Are you a serious Foodie?

Book a unique culinary getaway experience with our special "Fun for Foodies" vacation packages. Your tastebuds will be glad you did.

Take a Maine cooking class! Join Chef Michael and guest instructors in the Hartstone kitchen for a weekend. Classes cover a wide range of topics. These include regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings.

Chef for a Day Program

Join Chef Michael for a one-on-one Camden Maine cooking class experience in the Hartstone Inn kitchen. This program is available year-round. Click here for more details or watch our Chef for a Day Video!

Private Cooking Classes

Do you have a group that would like to have a private cooking class with Chef Michael? Choose from over 25 different courses created by Michael. Or, choose individual recipe items from his cookbooks. Classes require a minimum of 6 students and are available November through May. Cost for the 2 hour private class is $350 for up to 6 participants and $45 per person for additional enrollment, up to a maximum of 12 students. Click here for a list of cooking class topics.

Chef Michael’s Foodie Adventures

Join Chef Michael in Tuscany, France or Catalonia! Our Foodie Adventures are a fun way for us to marry our love of terrific food, foreign exploration and great company. We have so much fun traveling and enjoying life, we’ve decided to create several foodie adventures each year outside of the Inn. If you have the desire to learn something new, would like to explore several beautiful villages in Italy, France and Spain and like to cook (or just eat), then this may be the perfect fit for you. Visit our tour site here! Or, for further information email Mary Jo at: camden.hartstone@gmail.com

Call 207.236.4259 for more details.

Scheduled Maine Cooking Classes

Our Maine cooking classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Also included are breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, and a gourmet candlelit dinner for two.

Additional enrollment into our Maine cooking classes is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 1-3pm. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics. Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes!

Upcoming Hartstone Cooking Classes

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

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Saturday, May 16th, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, May 17th, 1-3 pm Open

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Learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, coloring and flavoring different pastas, rolling…

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Travel to Tuscany II

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Saturday, May 23rd, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, May 24th, 1-3pm Open

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Our Italian tours to Tuscany and Umbria take place in the Villa from the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”.  For…

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Lots'a Lobster

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Saturday, May 30th, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, May 31st, 1-3pm Open

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A trip to Maine should be planned around eating as much lobster as possible. This class will help you achieve…

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From the Spring Garden

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Saturday, June 6th, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, June 7th, 1-3pm Open

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Spring in Maine is a pretty big deal. Hopefully the snow is gone and our gardens are beginning to produce…

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Maine Seafood

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Saturday, June 13th, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, June 14th, 1-3pm Open

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Maine offers a bounty of fresh seafood, and we take advantage of that here at the Inn. Recipes for this…

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Sicilian Fare

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Saturday, November 7th, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, November 8th, 1-3 pm Open

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If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Culinary Adventures, then come to Camden and experience…

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A Taste of Provence

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Saturday, December 5th, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, December 6th, 1-3 pm Open

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The cuisine of Provence is very colorful and lively. Chef Michael’s culinary Tours to Provence delve into the heart of…

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Pasta Pleasers

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Saturday, January 9, 2021, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, January 10th, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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Learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, rolling out, forming and cutting various…

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Cold Weather Comfort Food

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Saturday, January 23, 2021, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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Late January in Maine begs for comfort food...hearty, filling, and warm in the belly. We start off by making Scaccia,…

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Sous Vide Cooking - A Game Changer

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Saturday, February 6th, 2021, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, February 7th, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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Professionally, I have been involved with Sous Vide cooking for over 20 years. My first circulator cost about $1200...quite an…

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Seafood Frenzy

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Saturday, February 20, 2021, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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The Maine coast is home to some of the best seafood anywhere! We will take advantage of that bounty in…

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Spanish Flair

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Saturday, March 6, 2021, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, March 7, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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In this class, Chef Michael will share some of his favorite dishes from Spain: Jambon with Fava Beans and Salsa…

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A Taste of Sicily

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Saturday, March 20th, 2021, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, March 21st, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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Chef Michael leads culinary adventures near Ragusa, in southern Sicily.  These recipes are a few of his favorites from that…

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Knife Skills 101

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Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1-3pm Open
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 1-3pm Open

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We will concentrate on knife skills during this 2 hour class. Each participant should bring their own “chef knife” to…

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Cooking in Provence

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Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, 1-3 pm Open

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Provence is well known for it’s vibrant and mouth-watering cuisine. We’ll start off with a regional favorite Pissaladière, a Provençal flatbread with…

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Mediterranean Appetizers

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Saturday, June 5th, 2021, 1-3 pm Open
Sunday, June 6th, 2021, 1-3 pm Open

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Our foodie trips to Europe each year inspire me to create dishes that reflect the bounty of fresh and exciting…

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