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LA/OC Cooking Classes [Moved from L.A.]

mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 08:11 AM

I am looking for some interesting cooking classes. I live in Long Beach so I am available to travel up to LA and down to OC. I don't really want to pay too much and am not looking for a career, just some interesting classes or even just to watch. (I am unemployed right now, so have all the time in the world)

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    kotatsu RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 04:02 PM

    Not exactly cheap, but New School of Cooking in Culver City is excellent, very hands-on, and at the end you get to try a little of each dish cooked during the class. Cindy Mushet and May are the best instructors, IHMO. About $75 per class. Catalogue available at newschoolofcooking.com

    1. pleasurepalate RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 04:35 PM

      Check out the cooking school at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach. It's actually more of a demo cooking class than hands on, but I've taken a few of their classes and they're always fun, especially the ones taught by the cooking school director, Grace Marie Johnson.

      The cost will run you $25 to $35, depending on which class you do and while the cooking is being demonstrated, you also get to sample the food. I've had "lunch" there so to speak. The link for more info is:



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        JacyFarrow RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 05:19 PM

        I'm at the New School right now in the Pro series (not cheap, for sure) but am loving it. They have a shorter, less expensive intro series, and several specialty classes that are pretty reasonable. http://www.newschoolofcooking.com/

        Most Sur La Table's offer classes that look interesting and are priced reasonably; listings are by store, starting here: http://www.surlatable.com/cooking/ind... I've never tried one, but I know some staff from the New School do gigs there, too, so I'm guessing they're pretty decent.

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          Bria Silbert RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 05:47 PM

          Two other suggestions where I've taken cooking classes:

          www.culinaryclassroom.com (near the Westside Pavilion in West LA



          Sign up for their newsletter; these are the ladies who run Border Grill in Santa Monica and Las Vegas and Ciudad downtown and they occasionally have cooking classes followed by lunch in one of their restaurants.

          1. ciaobella RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 06:04 PM

            I had a great experience at Hipcooks in Downtown Los Angeles. The owner, Monika, lives in an artists loft and holds classes downstairs in a renovated kitchen. My boyfriend and I went to the "I'm think I'm turning Japanese" sushi class (so fun) and his dad and stepmom just went to the "thrill of the grill" last saturday- they raved about the gazpacho they made. It's a causal, fun atmosphere- alcohol is served and you can bring your own too. Best thing is, it's really reasonably priced at 40-50 bucks a class.

            The website is hipcooks.com


            1. CynD RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 06:05 PM

              Laguna Culinary Arts Institute has interesting classes. Check them out online at http://www.lagunaculinaryarts.com/ They do student-prepared meals a couple of times a year, which are fun to attend.

              1. russkar RE: mabziegurl Aug 8, 2006 09:35 PM

                Ciaobella, Totally agree with you about HIPCOOKS near downtown LA. The Classes are fun and reasonable (55-)ea. We've been to 3 so far. www.hipcooks.com

                1. Das Ubergeek RE: mabziegurl Aug 10, 2006 03:26 AM

                  La Cachette holds monthly cooking classes.

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                    applelogic RE: mabziegurl Aug 24, 2007 03:31 PM

                    actually.. check out community colleges... they are like 2-3 units each cooking class, it's $20/unit now plus $50- $80 material fees... for one semester.

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