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Sourdough for Beginners with Baker Bettie

June 24 @ 10:30 am 2:30 pm


Join head chef instructor Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman for an in-depth understanding of basic sourdough theory and techniques.

Participants will learn:

  • All about sourdough starters
  • How to maintain a sourdough starter
  • How to adapt a sourdough master recipe
  • The process of creating a sourdough loaf from start to finish
  • How to make a rustic boule (round loaf) from start to finish
  • How to adapt dough to fit your schedule
  • How to create tension when shaping dough
  • Baking methods
  • How to use sourdough discard

*Sourdough pizza is included for lunch.

Each participant will take home:

  • Learning materials with detailed notes
  • A jar of sourdough starter
  • Dough made during class to take home and bake later in the week
  • A stainless steel bowl (to take dough home in), bench knife, and bowl scraper

Please note: All tickets are priced per person as we keep our classes small. All tickets are final sale and non-refundable or transferable to another date. If you are unable to attend after purchase, you may gift your ticket to a friend.

Allergens & dietary restrictions: All of our classes are peanut free, however, be aware that our facility does contain peanuts and tree nuts. All of our classes do include wheat and gluten. Sourdough bread is naturally vegan, however the pizza served for lunch is not. Let us know if you are vegan and we will have an alternative for you.


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Sourdough for Beginners Class
$ 200.00

Frequently Asked Questions


Bettie’s Chicago is located in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago at 853 N Larrabee Street. This is right near the Larrabee and Chicago intersection. If you are taking public transit we are a 3-minute walk from the 66 Bus stop on Chicago Ave. We are also about a 10-minute walk from the Chicago Ave Brown Line stop.

Where do I park?

There is metered parking available all along Larrabee street in front of our space. It is typically very easy to find a spot, however there is also a parking garage located at 811 N Larrabee if needed. 

How much baking skill do I need for class?

Unless otherwise stated in the class description, all of our classes are designed to accommodate every baking skill level. Even if you have never picked up a whisk, you are welcome to come and learn! 

Is there an age requirement?

Most of our classes are appropriate for 16+. We do occasionally host classes geared towards younger students and this will be noted in the class title and description. Some of our classes are 21+ as they are BYOB and/or complimentary alcohol is served. This will be clearly stated in the class notes. 

What is your cancellation policy?

All tickets are final sale, non-refundable, and non-transferable to another date. If something comes up and you’re unable to attend, you’re welcome to gift the ticket to a friend or sell it to another individual.

Will I get a certificate of completion?

Bettie’s Chicago is not an accredited culinary school or university. All of our classes are for personal educational purposes and are not considered professional training. 

What covid precautions are you taking?

All staff at Bettie’s Chicago are fully vaccinated and keep up with any available boosters. We take care to fully sanitize all work surfaces between each class. Masking during class is up to each student’s discretion.  

853 N Larrabee Street
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
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