Kitchen Confidence Starts Here

CULINARY SPECIALTY WEEK | November 4-11, 2018

Cooking at home is good for you – so where do you start, and how do you keep things interesting? Join us for our Culinary Specialty Week. Learn new techniques and seasonal recipes; leave with enhanced confidence and competence in the kitchen.

Like our other specialty weeks, this weeklong retreat starts with our core program of fitness, education, and recreation. It ends with three full days of culinary immersion and celebration. 

All levels of cooking experience are welcome, but spaces are limited. Reserve your spot today!


Festive Food

Food is a centerpiece of life and a part of all our most cherished celebrations. You don't have to forgo celebrations in order to eat healthfully. We'll teach you how.

Hands-On Cooking Experience

Hands-On Experience

Prime your culinary skills for the holiday season and everyday living. Get familiar with key tools and techniques.


Delight Your Palate

Nourishment and flavor can coexist! Learn to transform wholesome ingredients into memorable meals.

Culinary Specialty Week Rates

$3,150 (all-inclusive seasonal weekly rate) + $350 (specialty week programming) = $3,500
Includes Lodging, Meals, Skyterra Core Program, and the Specialty Week Experience

What Can You Expect? Sample Weekly Schedule

In addition to Skyterra's core program of classes and activities, culinary retreat participants will wrap the week with three full days of healthy eating celebration. This is a sample schedule; exact times and details may change depending on enrollment. Any questions? Contact us or message us on Facebook

About Our Culinary Retreat Leaders

Michael Vess, Culinary Director and Executive Chef

Executive Chef Michael Vess

Chef Michael Vess has been a leader in some of the Southeast’s most well-regarded kitchens, including the Southern favorite Tupelo Honey. His cuisine has deep roots in traditional comfort cooking, but it is constantly informed and inspired by both world and local themes. Visit Skyterra during mealtimes, and you'll see that each Skyterra visitor enjoys a nourishing, memorable dining experience at every single meal. Read more on our Staff page.

Lindsay Ford, RD, Director of Nutrition Services

Lindsay Ford

Lindsay Ford, RD helps guests honor their bodies by guiding them toward nutrient-dense food choices and sustainable behavior changes. Working to create an environment where food nourishes both the mind and body, she addresses every individual’s unique nutritional needs and works with Chef Michael to plan meals that are both healthy and satisfying. Read more on our Staff page.