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April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Hackett House is pleased to welcome Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals to do a cooking class for us on the Hackett House Patio.  Mediterranean Cuisine will be featured as Tracy demonstrates her culinary skills on

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 FROM 6-8:30 pm

Tracy has some extraordinary credentials that she brings to those able to take part in her classes.  Please see the bio below of a very interesting lady.

While as comfortable trussing a chicken as she is decorating a cake, Tracy Dempsey’s passion is dessert.  After a former career teaching French and ESL at several universities, Tracy decided to switch gears and delve into the alluring world of the culinary arts.  Whisks, spatulas, and clogs soon replaced the ever-present red ink pen, office hours and classroom wardrobe.  Tracy has had the on-going honor of working for some of the valley’s premier chefs.  her early career found her working in some of the Valley’s best restaurants including Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Restaurant Hapa, Gregory’s World Bistro, Cowboy Ciao, Kazimierz, Sea Saw and Digestif.  In 2009, Tracy decided to try her hand at her own business. Tracy Dempsey Originals was launched as a producer of wholesale packaged confections and baked goods.  The signature sweet is the Original Bacon Pecan Brittle which was first produced in 2004 when Tracy was the pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale.  Since venturing on her own Tracy has found a niche as pastry chef to several Valley restaurants.  She has focused on producing desserts and confections with a twist on familiar favorites  Currently, TDO desserts may be found at Nook Arcadia, Nook Downtown, Uncle Sal’s, Anthem Golf Course & Country Club, Arizona Country Club, the Market by Jennifer’s Catering and AZ88.  Look for TDO confections at FnB Restaurant, Changing Hands Bookstore, Sphinx Date Company Palm & Pantry, Garage-East, Roosevelt Row in Terminal 3 at Sky Harbor Airport and Callaghan Vineyards and Dos Cabezas Winery in Sonoita.  An evolving menu of baked goods, confections and savory items may also be found in the TDO retail shop co-located with ODV wines (her husband’s wine project) at 1325 West University Drive in Tempe and open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m-3p.m (TH) and 10 a.m.-5p.m. (Friday and 10 a.m.-4p.m. (Saturday).

Tracy is a member of the Blue Watermelon Project, the Les Dames D’Escoffier International (LDEI), Guild Somm (she continues to study the magnificent world of wine) as well as a founding board member of the Joy Bus a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide meals to homebound cancer patients.  Most days you will find Tracy working in her kitchen, teaching hands-on baking and cooking classes or greeting guests who visit her store front to pick up desserts, wines and other local specialty items.



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Tracy Dempsey Cooking Class
$ 50.00
28 available


April 15
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lynn Etter