Fans of now-defunct culinary retail spot/teaching kitchen Cook's Marketplace should get excited: Cortney Smith has opened a new space for hands-on cooking classes. It's called Gather Food Studio
, it's in Old Colorado City, and it's a partnership between her and former Wobbly Olive
chef David Cook
Smith has over a decade of experience in the food biz. She worked in merchandizing and recipe development for Springs-based cookware retailer CHEFS Catalog, starting in 2007. The company was purchased by Target Corporation in 2013 and ultimately shut down in 2015. Cook's Marketplace was a spiritual successor, a cookware retail space set in the former CHEFS Catalog warehouse which added on-site, hands-on cooking classes. That's how she met Cook — he began teaching classes there in 2016.
“We started thinking about [opening Gather] when we knew we were closing Cook’s Marketplace," says Smith. "The cooking classes were so successful, it was just the retail part that wasn’t working.”
After minimal renovation, their new space opened for business on Tuesday, June 26. Formerly a tattoo parlor, Gather now hosts a warm, intimate teaching kitchen, perfect for small-group, hands-on classes. Currently, the couple's class offerings range from basics to themed classes, as well as field trips to area farmers markets and other foodie events. Smith will regularly teach allergen-sensitive cooking classes, and the couple also offers one-on-one classes.
“We focus more on building community and getting people actually cooking in their own kitchen instead of demonstration-style classes where they might not go home and cook,” says Smith.
editor Matthew Schniper attended a preview event at Gather — check out a slideshow of his photos below.