We Host Culinary Experiences

Through Teambuilding, classes & Private Events 


At Mise En Place we believe cooking is building a story through food. Whether you're a novice or an expert, we want to help bring that story to life. Located in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip, Mise En Place will help turn ingredients into a masterpiece through dynamic hands-on cooking classes, corporate team building, private events and kid's birthday parties.
Learn essential cooking skills from how to properly sharpen a knife or sauté a chicken breast, to telling the difference between cumin and thyme. Under the direction of Executive Chef and Owner Christine Wansleben and some of the area's finest food and wine specialists, there's nowhere this culinary adventure can't take you.
As featured in Richmond Family Magazine "What's Cooking", Virginia Business Magazine, The Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond Magazine, Style Weekly, and on WTVR, Mise En Place has been creating culinary works of art for over 10 years. In that time we've passed down our knowledge of cooking and learned a lot in return.


Our Team

Chef Christine Wansleben

Christine is the Owner/Culinary Director of Mise En Place, located in Richmond, VA. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump's NY Cooking School) in New York City , and has worked in such restaurants as Chanterelle and Eleven Madison Park. Prior opening Mise En Place, Christine worked as a catering chef for A Sharper Palate Catering Company, here in Richmond.

Carol Colby
Mise En Place Sommelier

Carol is a fine wine specialist with Free Run Wine Merchants. She is a native Virginian, and has lived and worked in NYC, San Francisco, and Richmond. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators & a Guide Member of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Carol holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.  She is the Vice Echanson for the Richmond Bailliage of La Chaine des Rotisseurs  and Wine Educator for the Womens Wine Society.  She has been sharing her passion for wine and all of its wonders at Mise En Place for over 10 years.

Jenny Tremblay West

Jenny Tremblay West is a pastry chef with a background in Fine Arts. After graduating at the top of her class from Dubrulle Culinary Arts AI, she owned and operated Sweetest Thing Bakery, a Richmond bakery specializing in one of a kind wedding cakes. Jenny's creations have been photographed for several Richmond publications. She was also one of the top chefs for the Mise En Place Cupcake Camp.

Liz Kiniry

After tutoring and mentoring children for eight years, Liz set off to pursue a culinary degree at The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, receiving their coveted Grand Diploma, with honors. While in school, she worked for Rick Moonen at his restaurant, RM, and prepared meals for Dorothy Hamilton, Founder and CEO of FCI and Host of PBS's Chef's Story.  Liz has worked in the pastry kitchens of Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill and Bolo. She has written for both Food Arts and Wine Spectator. Liz is currently the owner and chef of CHACE chia bars.  Locally made bars made with natural & powerful ingredients that are the perfect snack food.  CHACE bars are sold at your local market. 

Tammy Brawley

Tammy began her culinary journey in 2004 by taking cooking classes at SurLaTable. From there her passion for food grew to the point of opening her own catering and private chef business, The Green Kitchen in 2006. Tammy earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and is a member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. She has worked at Edible Garden, Pescados and was former Culinary Director at SurLaTable.

Laurel Herman

Laurel is a Chef, Retreat Facilitator and Author of the Inner Kitchen and The Blissed Out Chef.  A 45 year long love affair of food, and a quest for it's connection to the human spirit, has led her toward creating the energetic process, Devotional Cooking.  In 2015 Laurel co-created a mentoring program in Chicago's Rauner YMCA for inner city culinary students.  Often likened to the movie "Like Water for Chocolate", Laurel teaches that everyone can become a Tita and cook truly from the heart with feeling & passion. Laurel completed her culinary education at Thames Valley University, London, UK.


Class Schedule

Mise En Place is excited to see what we can accomplish together with your family, friends, co-workers, or even strangers, because like a story, great food is best when it's shared.  Learn more about private events and team building opportunities for groups or our culinary kids parties.



Class Cancellation Policy

  • Classes are 2 1/2 hours long unless otherwise indicated. Instructors reserve the right to alter menus due to seasonal availability.
  • Payment must accompany each reservation. Space is limited.
  • We will refund tuition for your cancellation up to 1 week before the scheduled class. Up to 48 hours before the class, we will issue a class credit for your next class. No refunds or credits can be given for cancellations less than 48 hours before class.
  • No discounts can be applied to class tuition unless otherwise noted.
  • Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Upon cancellation we will contact you by phone. You will have the choice of either transferring your payment to another class or receiving a refund.
  • Class seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Class times may vary and begin promptly.
  • For all wine and spirit classes, students must be 21 to attend. 

Dress Code

  • For all hands on classes, it is recommended that all students wear flat, comfortable shoes. Due to the nature of the class, open toe shoes are not advised.



Gift A CLass

Add To Cart

Trying to find that special gift that's useful, fun and tastes good too? Mise En Place classes hit the spot.  When you purchase a class, we deliver your gift in a personalized card with a special tool from the kitchen.
These gifts can be redeemed for our Culinary Kids classes or used towards anything on our Mise En Place monthly schedule of public classes.  We'll have your gift in the mail by the next business day or can e-mail you a digital certificate. 

To gift a class larger than four people, contact us to arrange a private event that fits your budget and needs.