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Jan 15, 2007 04:06 PM

Cooking Courses -- In instructor's home or facility?

Hello, all,

First of all, I hope this is in the right forum.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up, and as an alternative to the dinner/drinks combo, I'd rather be with a couple close friends and take a little cooking course.

I know that there are any number of "in-home" cooking instructors, but being a young college student, neither I nor my friends have adequate kitchen facilities for such an undertaking (seriously).

What I'm asking is if anyone knows of any cooking instructors that use their own facilities for private instruction that would be able to accommodate four to six people for a dinner. Thanks in advance!

Rico A

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  1. You might want to take a look at Hip Cooks, they are a business located in the Brewery Lofts (downtown). I was at a party there (at the Brewery) recently and the owner of Hip Cooks was too, so gave a small group of us a tour of the kitchens and dining area... really cute! They have a few different instructors and it seems that they do primarily themed menus which everyone in the class will get to sit down and eat afterward at a communal table.

    I get the impression that these classes are more of a social activity while getting to do/learn something fun, so it could be good if you and your friends don't want to get too serious with the cooking.

    PS: I haven't taken any courses there, just seen the place, which I thought was really inviting and everyone seemed nice.

    here is the website:

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    1. re: echo eater

      I've taking classes at Hip Cooks and I would defiitely recommend. They are fun, social and hands on. You get to get the food you cook and they usually serve wine/cocktails to match. I think you can 'host' your own private party.

    2. I have taken a course at the Hip Cooks downtown and found it very lovely and fun. I know they do private classes too. It is a small loft space. The food we made was delicious, and they gave us a nice introduction to knife skills as well. I do recommend taking a class from the owner. I belive her name is Monika. She seems to be the best. The girl we had was just okay. Great idea and good luck!

      1. I saw a post on Daily Candy about Tim Ross of Be Gourmet, and contacted him. As it turns out, we were in the same freshman dorm in college (!!) and after catching up a bit, I booked a class with him for me & a few friends. He has the class in his kitchen in Silver Lake - so you don't have to worry about having the space/knives/pots/pans/ingredients/etc. He's French-trained and a lot of fun. I've had 2 classes with him & everyone has always had a great time. He provides the food, you bring the wine... and everyone eats dinner together afterwards at his big table. Pricing is VERY reasonable.

        he can be reached at 323.610.1082, and his website is

        If you do talk to him, tell him "Lisa from Branner" sent you!

        1. Thank you all for your replies! I'm going to definitely check them out.

          1. Why not take a class from a 1st class restaurant where you know upfront how good their cooking really is and WORTH learning from!!!!

            La Cachette - French - Century City-ish - $100
            January 27, 2007 - Fresh and Salt Water Fish

            Christine - Mediterranean/Pacific Rim - Torrace - $50
            January 21, 2007 - Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras