Cooking at Millie’s is located next to the Hilton Garden Inn. | Courtesy of Cooking at Millie’s

A new cooking demonstration kitchen is opening in the heart of downtown.

Business partners Rob Henley and Natalie Reece will debut Cooking at Millie’s this Thursday at 340 W. Chestnut St. at the base of the Hilton Garden Inn, according to an announcement about the new business.

The kitchen is named after the partners’ grandmother, Millie, who made frozen custard for the family the day after Christmas.

“That famous custard took days of preparation and was one of the highlights of the Christmas season,” the business’s website states. “And every year, everyone would stand in line and wait for it. While her cherished recipe is one that stays only in our family, her passion for cooking is something we love to pass on.”

Cooking at Millie’s will host regular cooking classes where customers can learn skills and recipes from local chef and cooks. Classes are limited to 32 people and last anywhere from an hour-and-a-half to two hours, according to the website.

The inaugural class is on Thursday, June 1, with chef Casper Van Drongelen of 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen. Other chefs on the schedule for June include Bob Durbin of Over the 9, Sean Ward of Ward 426 and Dallas McGarity of The Fat Lamb.

“Our cooking classes go far beyond just teaching you a recipe from a cookbook. Our renowned local chefs are passionate about getting you involved in the cooking process, further inspiring you to strengthen your skills in the kitchen,” the announcement states.

The cost of a class for two people is $105. However, people can feel free to come alone; they simply need to call ahead to work out the details, the website states.

The 1,500-square-foot space also can be rented out for private events and corporate team-building.

Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]