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Boston Area Cooking Class

CapeCodChowHound Sep 15, 2006 12:28 PM

Hi Hounds,
I'm looking for recommendations on cooking classes offered in the greater Boston area. I have a group of about 20 people who get together each December for a holiday dinner and was thinking it could be fun to take a cooking class together this year instead. Who's taken one in the Boston area and what did you think of it?

Thank you.

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    bella_sarda Sep 19, 2006 02:35 AM

    Check out http://www.foodadventures.org/kitchen...

    This is the site of Helen Rennie, a local cooking instructor and food blogger. She offers public classes on cooking fish and one on knife skills, at regular intervals, and an excellent fish market tour of East Cambridge. She also will give private classes to a group of at least 2-8, each paying $70, with various themes (e.g. "Passion for Provence", one on fish, one for a five-course Italian meal, create-your-own theme, etc.). She is an extremely enthusiastic and approachable cook and teacher. I personally have only been on the fish market tour and have not taken a class, but a friend of mine took the fish cooking class and raved about it.

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    1. re: bella_sarda
      CapeCodChowHound Sep 19, 2006 11:57 PM

      Thank you bella sarda!

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      Patricia Sep 18, 2006 05:39 PM

      I know Orleans in Davis Square was offering cooking classes over the summer and I bet if you have 20 people, they'd do something for you.

      1. Cupcakes Sep 16, 2006 12:34 PM

        Taranta offers cooking classes in their upstairs dining room. They have some pictures on their website (http://tarantarist.com/v4/classes.html) it looks pretty fun and that's the chef-owner, so you'd be in pretty good hands (especially if you happen to want to learn a little bit about Italian-meets-Peruvian cooking).

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        1. re: Cupcakes
          CapeCodChowHound Sep 17, 2006 12:41 PM

          Thank you Cupcakes!!

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          MarkT Sep 16, 2006 12:52 AM

          If you've got 20 people, you may be able to just hire a chef for an evening. "Cooking Class" barely touches it. In one class you might learn a couple of moves and a recipe, but a night with a good chef, willing to explain the nuances of pairings, some quick tips on roasting and sauteeing, and how to choose the right wine would be a genuine experience.

          1. Chris VR Sep 15, 2006 02:27 PM

            Some good suggestions on this recent thread


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            1. re: Chris VR
              CapeCodChowHound Sep 15, 2006 11:52 PM

              Thank you Chris!

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