Chef Kristen Schumacher, the cooking talent in the Fork & Rally trio, says she wants to be part of reviving the lost art of home cooking and entertaining, so she found the most iconic building in downtown Snoqualmie and set up Heirloom Cookshop. Built in 1923, the former State Bank of Snoqualmie building received some interior upgrades and now serves as a cooking school for kids and adults, a place to buy ready-made food items prepared by Chef “Schu,” and an event space.
“I made this for my daughters, to inspire them to do what they love by watching me do what I love,” says Schumacher.
At the Kickstarter campaign in May, Schumacher had whiteboards set up asking attendees what types of cooking classes they would like offered. On the list are seasonal grilling and smoking, throwing a party, kitchen DIYs (pickling, canning, cheese), meal planning, tacos y cervezas, and anything pork. Offered in the evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the classes will also bring in guest instructors Schumacher considers masters of their craft to teach.
In the ready-made food cases the menu will change with the seasons and include soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches, fresh bread, baked goods, dog biscuits, drip coffee, and other “snacky provisions” like hummus, hot sauce, salad dressings, and cookie dough.
Heirloom Cookshop features kitchen-related retail items — cookbooks, kitchen tools, artisanal wares, and other things “that I love, that are beautiful, that inspire me, and taste good,” Schumacher says.
“This place will be communal, offer seasonal items that reflect the Snoqualmie Valley, and I hope offer a space where people just want to be. I am excited and grateful for this dream to come to fruition.”
Heirloom Cookshop’s grand opening event is on Sept. 9 at 8200 Railroad Place N.E. in Snoqualmie. heirloomcookshop.com