Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

The end of 2017 marks almost 22 years in business with Laurel Run Cooking School. As I look back, I cannot believe how fast those years have gone or that we have conducted over 2,000 classes during that time!

It has been my goal to make Laurel Run a pleasant and inviting place to learn.  I have met so many wonderful people along the way, and I have made many cherished friends and memories. I hope that I have managed to live up to my mission of "The Three Es: To Educate, Excite and Entertain.

I knew there would come a time when I would consider retirement, but until now the thought of closing a business that I built from scratch seemed too difficult to contemplate. But now I feel that the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life. As I think about the future, I want to spend more time with my family, especially our new grandson.  Dan and I plan to do more traveling, and I want to pursue my other passions: my love of history and my involvement in the Brownhelm Historical Association, watercolor painting, sewing, gardening, keeping chickens, and of course, cooking for the ones I love.

At this time, I will no longer be scheduling monthly classes as Ive done in the past.  I may eventually conduct my 2-Day Basic Cooking Techniques classes and private classes.  Time will tell as I take time to think about my next chapter. 

This December, I will wrap up with a class that Laurel Run has become known for: Laurel Runs Elegant Holiday Dinner. This class has been taught now for eighteen years and it seems a fitting finale to a career that has brought me so much joy.

I want to thank you all for your friendship, your business, your loyalty and support over the years. It has been my pleasure to teach and share with you, and it is my sincere hope that you will use for many years to come what you have learned at Laurel Run. 

May you look back as I know I will with warm memories of our time together in the kitchen at Laurel Run Cooking School.

With the warmest regards,


Marcia DePalma, Cooking Instructor    

 Laurel Run's Mission Statement

Our mission statement at Laurel Run Cooking School is to educate, excite and entertain. We want our students to learn new skills and gain confidence in the kitchen, we want them to go home excited about cooking, and we want to them to have fun! We are proud of our informative classes that are conducted in a down-to-earth, friendly atmosphere.

Laurel Run Cooking School is a Limited Liability Company