Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County also plans culinary tours

Kristine M. Kierzek Janice Thomas got her first taste for French food as a young child in Oregon. Those early meals created great memories, but also the foundation for her love of food, cooking and travel.  For years, she traveled back and forth from Arizona to Door County, where her […]

Kristine M. Kierzek

Janice Thomas got her first taste for French food as a young child in Oregon. Those early meals created great memories, but also the foundation for her love of food, cooking and travel. 

For years, she traveled back and forth from Arizona to Door County, where her husband’s family had a home. She trained as a nurse but often talked about having a cooking school of her own someday. When her husband found a spot in Ellison Bay, they launched Savory Spoon Cooking School. 

Thomas has now spent nearly two decades teaching people to cook and leading culinary tours in Mexico, Spain, Italy, China and France. She believes cooking is something everyone can do, and she’s interested in making it fun and accessible. 

After shutting down classes during the pandemic, she’s seen a resurgence in interest. Thomas leads classes weekly along with bringing in guest chefs for classes and special events throughout the summer season. She also offers a selection of culinary tools, imported tinned fish and other picnic essentials in her retail area. For a complete schedule of events, go to savoryspoon.com.

Question: How did you get started cooking?

Answer: My mother was a good cook, not a gourmet cook. Our home kitchen was always a welcoming place. But really in first grade is where my interest really took hold. I lived in a little town in southern Oregon that was the size of Ellison Bay. There was a class of eight people … and two were people were this family (from France) that served food that was just so memorable. I would never have been exposed to that. That was really a foundation: my mother creating this welcoming place and eating these gourmet foods with this family…

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