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Wusthof Block Party



Join us for the “sharpest” party of the year. 

The kitchen knife. We firmly believe your knife will be the most essential kitchen tool you ever purchase. And choosing the right knife for you is one of the most important things you can do for your cooking skills.  So how do you know which is best for you? With the help of our skilled employees and the professionals from Wusthof- we will get you in “sharp” shape for kitchen success. Yes- a great knife is super-sharp—but when you know what you’re doing, you can be even sharper.

Saturday April 27th we are taking the day to celebrate our love for the knife. Join us as we open our doors to a whole crew from Wusthof Knives- and we celebrate together with you.

Wusthof has been creating knives in Solingen, Germany for over 200 years. We are proud to stock fine tools by Wusthof-Trident a company whose core values are passion, diligence, and perfection. Please join us for the Wusthof Block Party! You’ll enjoy the best deals of the season – and we are genuinely not kidding around – this ONE-DAY ONLY sale we can pass on savings more than we have ever taken off!

Our Wusthof knife experts will be here to talk all things knives, demonstrate techniques and skills, and teach proper care for cutlery. We will have knife sharpening, demo classes (that feature a free knife), try me stations, and the best chance to hold these amazing knives in your hand.



 Wusthof Test Drive Stations– Ever wonder what chef knife fits best in your hand, or how that new bread slicer REALLY slices better? We will have several stations for you to come test drive some of our favorites knives- feel confident before your next knife purchase.

**The first 24 people to complete the test drive stations will receive a Wusthof Zest Paring Knife!**

Free Knife Sharpening– The professionals from Wusthof are back with their state of the art sharpening system and we want to offer FREE KNIFE SHARPENING FOR YOU. Bring in that most used knife (or that one that needs the sharpening the most), and we will get it back in perfect working order. (Please one knife per person, no serrated knives.)

SALES. SALES. SALES. We are so excited to offer the best pricing on knives we will offer all year! Get your wishlists ready!


10-11 am-Hands-on Knife Skills Class- Join the professionals from Wusthof in this hands-on knife skills class. Learn the proper way to store, sharpen, hold, chop, dice, and more- as we dive deep into all things knife. Every student will receive a $10 gift card for use on your next Wusthof purchase. Class is limited to 12 people.

$10; Ages 15+


11:30-1:30 pm– Chef Training with Wusthof Executive Chef Mike Garaghty.

The main event of the day! We are so excited to offer this professional class! This class will teach you new skills-yet delicious recipes that will have you cooking just like the pros in no time. We wanted this to be the perfect combination of knife skills (that you will really use!), time saving ideas, money saving cuts of meat, and the perfect way to use them all for your next dinner. Each student will receive one of Wusthof’s newest knives- the 6″ curved boning knife ( a $110/value) – which is perfectly designed and sized to not only trim, debone, and cut steaks or filets but doubles as a utility knife making it a go to knife for home chefs- You will love this knife!


NY Strip Steak

Oven Poached Salmon

Duck Fat Hash browns

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta, Caramelized Onions, Pecorino Romano, and Balsamic Glaze

Rummy Pineapple Pound Cake




2-3 pm-Hands-on Knife Skills Class- Join the professionals from Wusthof in this hands-on knife skills class. Learn the proper way to store, sharpen, hold, chop, dice, and more- as we dive deep into all things knife. Every student will receive a $10 gift card for use on your next Wusthof purchase. Class is limited to 12 people.

$10; Ages 15+


3:30-4:30 pm– Kids in the Kitchen- KNIFE SKILLS with Chef Lindsey Hargett- It wouldn’t be a Gygi event without a class for the kiddos! Starting them with the proper skills in the kitchen will make them love to cook! They will discover the best way to hold their knife, how to chop, and save time by doing it all correctly. Each child will leave with their own chef knife.

$30/ child

This class is for children aged 8-13. Please make sure your child is in this age group before registering them for this class.


Can’t make it to a class? Stop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm- the whole store is having a party!  We will have sales, demos, knife sharpening, and enter to win some of our favorite knives.

See you then!

2018- Gygi Chocolate Extravaganza


Every year we like to throw a party all around one of favorite things— CHOCOLATE. We celebrate the upcoming Holidays, teach new ideas and recipes, and have a whole lot of fun. As a thank you to our many great customers we offer a whole lot of free classes (and some smaller paid ones) over two days and fill the classroom with our favorite people–YOU! Along with the classes you will also find, store-wide sales, giveaways, samples, fun and lots and lots of chocolate. Join us for the day, an hour, or even just pop in with the family-all are invited for the store events!

Below you will find a schedule of the 2-day event classes- please note that some classes will overlap in time- so please be mindful when registering so that you are not taking spots in both classes.

Click on each listing for more details and to register.

We are so excited for another great year of the Gygi Chocolate Extravaganza-


Friday November 9th:

10 am (ends approx. at 11 am)- FREE-Tempering Chocolate Demo with Rebecca Millican-CLASS IS NOW FULL

10 am (ends approx. at Noon)- $75– Chocolate Box Sugar Cookies (Hands-on) with Blyss Cookies-CLASS IS NOW FULL

11 am (ends approx. at 11:45 am)- FREE– Chocolate Popcorn Demo with Brad McDonald-CLASS IS NOW FULL

11:30 am (ends approx. at 12:30 pm) FREE Understanding Baking Cocoa’s- The differences and how to use them Demo with Chef Rebecca Millican CLASS IS NOW FULL

1:00 pm (ends approx. at 2 pm)- FREE The Science and History of Chocolate Demo with Chef Martin Earl from Thermoworks

2:00 pm (ends approx. at 4:00 pm)- $75 -Tempering and Elevated Chocolate Bars with Ruth Kendrick-CLASS IS NOW FULL

2:00 pm (ends approx. at 2:45 pm)- FREE– Chocolate Popcorn Demo with Brad McDonald-CLASS IS NOW FULL

2:30 pm (ends approx. at 3:30 pm)- FREE-Advanced Decorating Demo with Chef Rebecca Millican-CLASS IS NOW FULL

4:00 pm (ends approx. at 4:45 pm) FREE– Peter’s Caramel Uses- How to melt, dip, thin, and thicken Peter’s caramel Demo with Candace and Heather- CLASS IS NOW FULL


Saturday November 10th-

 10 am-(ends at 11:00 am)- FREE The perfect German Chocolate Cake Demo with Courtney Rich- CLASS IS NOW FULL.

10:30 am (ends approx. at 12:30 pm)- $50– Advanced Chocolate Molding with Chef Rebecca Millican (Hands-on) CLASS IS NOW FULL

10 am (ends approx. at 10:45 am)- FREE– Chocolate Covered Popcorn Demo with Brad McDonald CLASS IS NOW FULL

11:30 pm (ends approx. at 12:30 pm)- FREE– The perfect German Chocolate Cake Demo with Courtney Rich-CLASS IS FULL

1:00 pm (ends approx. at 2 pm)- $5-Kids in the Kitchen-with Chef Lindsey Hargett- Chocolate Truffles (Hands-on Workshop) CLASS IS FULL

1:30 pm (ends approx. at 2:30 pm)-FREE- The Perfect Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie  Demo with The Food Nanny and Mrs. Calls Caramels CLASS IS FULL

1:30 pm (ends approx. at 3:00 pm) $50– Advanced Hand-Dipping Chocolates with Chef Rebecca Millican (Hands-on)-CLASS IS FULL

3:00 pm -(ends approx at 4:00 pm) FREE-The Perfect Caramel Apple- with Smackerel Events (The Caramel Apple Queen!) Demo- CLASS IS FULL

4:15 pm (ends approx at 5:00 pm) FREE- Chocolate Fillings and Centers Demo-with Chef Martin Earl from Thermoworks- CLASS IS FULL

4:00 pm- (ends approx. at 5:30 pm)- $50 Advanced Chocolate Sculpting- with Chef Rebecca Millican (Hands-On)

Gygi Gift Cards


If you are shopping for that hard to buy loved one, or know what a huge “Gygi Fan” they are- a Gift Card for a cooking class is just the perfect gift. Most classes are $65.00, so if you are looking to cover the fee of the whole class, please buy in increments of $65. Once received, your gift card recipient can pick whichever class they want and when it is convenient for them. They can either sign up online, give us a call in the store, or even send us an email ( to sign up. Gift cards can also be used for store merchandise if they so choose.

There is no additional tax, service fees or other hidden fees. Each month offers a different variety of classes, seasonal flavors and classes from local chefs, bloggers, and foodies alike. You’ll be everyone’s favorite gift giver once you start passing these out.

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