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Sep 27, 2000 03:12 PM

Cooking School in Boston

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I'm always bad at coming up with good ideas for wedding presents, and I hate the whole give-a-toaster-from-the-registry routine. After an obscenely long delay in getting two of my (not so) recently married friends a wedding present, I finally had a good idea: cooking lessons. The challenge is that they live in Boston, and I don't, so I have no idea where to get them lessons. I'm looking to spend something in the $300 range.

Yahoo! failed miserably, suggesting some Fanny Farmer cookbook.

Having found my New York chowhounders immensely resourceful, it occurred to me to check chowhound. Any thoughts, Boston chowhounds?

Thanks in advance,

A general post or an email would be greatly appreciated. My email is as above, excluding the nospam. If you are a spammer, please ignore that last sentence!

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  1. I know this isn't an answer, but what is it that you hate so much about buying a gift from the registry? I admit that it doesn't seem like a very creative thing to do, but think of it this way-- the couple spent a lot of time and energy (at a time when they don't have much of either to spare) picking out these particular things and compiling a list of things that they DEFINITELY want and need. Why risk buying something that they might not like as much when you have a sure-fire way of finding something they like?

    It's been a while since I was married, but I know I really appreciated people who purchased from the registry. I returned a lot of odd ball gifts (lovely but impractically huge vases, extra coffee grinders [I got three, as I recall], weird statues] and used the money for things on the registry.

    In fact, for my friends who've gotten married, I try to get a print out of their registries right before the store deletes it (usually one year) so that I have a list of things I know they wanted and didn't get. The lists are great for future birthdays and Christmases, not to mention house warmings.

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    1. re: Beth

      Now, now, now, Beth!

      For fear of receiving further and harsher rebuke, I must confess that this couple's registry is no longer available. I came clean; I had previously admitted that my wedding present was late!

      You'll be pleased to know that I have since reformed my ways somewhat, thanks in large part to the advent of e-registries and e-shopping. Now I can give the exciting gift of 12 Riedel glasses with just a few moves of my magic mouse!

      But you have to admit, my cooking lesson idea is a good one for a new couple with a kitchen full of unused wedding booty. (Yes that juicer you-wedding-list buyers got them sits unopened in a corner somewhere.) What better way for a couple to stay together than to cook and eat together?

      Now I have a question for you: What are you doing reading the Boston message boards? I once gave you advice on where to convene your book club in the Times Square NY area (the Algonquin). Hey, come to think of it, this whole wedding etiquette lecture wasn't intended to get me back for guiding you to a restaurant where 2 coffees cost you $30, was it?


      1. re: Mike

        ::laugh:: No, no!! No retribution intended. The Algonquin was actually a good tip-- the sound level was much more important for that particular outing than the food (or the cost of it). I didn't mean my comments as a rebuke; I just wanted to share my own spin on the registry business. Those 12 glasses may seem a bit boring, but the couple will think of you fondly every time they have a few people over and break out the crystal. (I know I think of the people who gave me my crystal when I use it.) Cooking classes are definitely a good idea, provided you know the couple well enough to know that it's something that they would be interested in (and I'm sure you do!).

        As for why I'm reading the Boston board, why not? The message boards are great reading. But I'm also from New England originally, and I travel to Boston and environs once or twice a year. Knowing the good places to eat in a given region never hurts!

        1. re: Mike

          I am looking for a cooking school in the Boston ares. I want to give the class as a Christmas gift to my daughter and her boyfriend. I live in the new York area. thank you

      2. I know that the Cambridge Culinary Institute offers cooking classes. Their web site is; that should give you all the information you need.

        Also, Boston University's Metropolitan College (their continuing ed school) has cooking classes; you can get their contact information at

        The Boston Center for Adult Education also has some cooking courses, including a Master Chef Guest series. Their course list is available at Likewise, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has their list of cooking courses at

        Good luck!

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        1. re: Seth Ditchik

          Thanks, Seth! I'm checking each for the Fall lineup!
          I knew I could count of informed Chowhounds like you.


          1. re: Seth Ditchik

            try the google search engine. there is much more and some if it for amateurs as well.