Hi, wondering if anyone knows of a good place to take cooking classes in the Boston area? I know there are plenty of profressional programs, but I'm hoping to find something a little more approachable, geared more for the home cook.
Thanks for any help folks can offer!
Boston Center for Adult Ed., Cambridge Center for Adult Ed., both have exactly what you are looking for.
I've taken a few classes at the BCAE and they are quite fun. Usually there is a group of about 10 people. The intstructor brings the food and wine and everyone takes part in the cooking and the eating!
In addition to career programs, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts offers a number of recreational classes, both skills- and cuisine-focused.
My SO recently took a Moroccan cuisine class there and seemed to enjoy it thoroughly; I certainly enjoyed the leftovers she brought home.
I did several cooking classes at the Cambridge center for adult ed. They vary widely in quality, mostly according to the instructor. The general format is prep work by the class, assembly by the instructor and one or two class members with running commentary, then a short lecture regarding the cuisine or dishes while the food cooks, then eating. The classes are fun, but not really fabulous learning opportunities. Some of the more intense class series may be better - haven't done any of those. I thought rafeal perreira was a particularly good teacher.
The wine classes were particularly good - allows tasting and comparison of many wines in a short time period, with a knowledgeable coordinator in a low-key environment (eg. relatively little wine-snobbery). Best if you can walk or ride home, though.