Inspiring connection, community,
and conversation through culinary arts.
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Our mission is to help you cultivate confidence, creativity, and calm in the kitchen, and use cooking as the path toward connection and joy.

As someone who has been a Culinary Instructor and certified high school culinary arts teacher for 26 years, I have seen the challenges people encounter in the kitchen - lack of time, not knowing what to make, feeling like you prepare the same thing over and over to not having culinary skills. 

We offer space where you can question, learn,

and deepen your  knowledge, while learning to follow

your intuition in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

These aren’t your typical cooking classes.

Gathering (in person, or online!) inspires connection,

community, and conversation through culinary arts.

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These are an ideal way to inspire, excite, and get your kids cooking. Students learn knife skills, cooking techniques, how to choose produce, how to read a recipe, and how to cook without recipes.  My goals are to help students cultivate curiosity, confidence, creativity, and calm in the kitchen. 


Virtual classes are an excellent option for individuals looking for one-on-one time, households wanting to bond over a fun activity, or groups of families and friends looking to share a new experience from their own homes. We offer one on one, group classes or private group classes.  

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Gathering together in person adds a level of community to our cooking classes. These are perfect for either those who want to hone their culinary and baking skills by focusing on techniques, guided by a pro. We offer one on one, group classes, or private group classes.  

A note-

Gather Culinary is an homage to my family, especially my grandparents, who gathered around tables, gardens, fields, milking stalls, and more. Gathering is powerful. It helps us connect and develop a community. Cooking, baking, and eating together create these connections. I hope you will check out my cooking classes, camps, and retreats. Feel free to email me to say hi or if you have questions.

With love,
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Holiday recipes we love


Meet the team

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Melanie Underwood

Founder, CEO

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Allison Thomas Rodriguez

Chief Community Officer

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Rachel Marcucilli

Culinary Educator

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Rachel Keleher

Culinary Educator

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