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Cooking class recommendations - Seattle

gastros Jan 31, 2007 12:14 PM


My wife and I are interested in taking some avocational cooking classes and were wondering if the fellow hounds have any recommendations for some good classes. Before moving to Seattle, we used to take some really good, in-depth, hands-on classes at the local culinary school, however we've yet to find anything like that here. Any suggestions?


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    charmedgirl Jan 31, 2007 12:55 PM

    Check out Culinary Communion. I really enjoyed the classes I took through them.

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      chefklb Jan 31, 2007 08:00 PM

      Whole Foods Market offers weekly classes (www.wholefoods.com) with different themes. Williams and Sonoma are also starting to offer classes.

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        lisaf Feb 1, 2007 08:52 AM

        Sur La Table offers classes at their Kirkland location. Schedule and pricing is on their website.

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          gastros Feb 1, 2007 12:33 PM

          Thanks everyone! Good recommendations - we'll definitely check them out.

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            ChristineQ Feb 3, 2007 11:58 AM

            Farm Kitchen- Offers a variety of classes. On the 1st Saterday of every month they have a breakfest owner & baker extraordinaire Hollis Fay's pastry's are not to be missed! (she also teaches classes) Located on a working organic farm, between Poulsbo & Kingston, from Seattle, you take the Bainbridge Island Ferry. http://www.farmkitchen.com/index.htm

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            1. re: ChristineQ
              jenniferedie Feb 5, 2007 08:34 AM

              I absolutely love Farm Kitchen-- I got married there! The staff are amazing and the pastries are to die for. Don't pass up the chocolate chip cookie. You will not be sorry.

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              TruDiner Feb 5, 2007 02:08 PM

              The Blue Ribbon Cooking School on Lake Union offers a wide variety of classes with some great local chefs.

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                scarlett2901 Mar 9, 2007 09:22 PM

                I've taken classes all over the city and I think Blue Ribbon Classes are the worst. Too high of student to instructor ratio and really dumbed down content. The owners are more interested in making a buck than providing a quality teaching experience.

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                gastros Feb 6, 2007 12:08 PM

                These are also great recommendations. Thanks again, everyone!

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                  cocolucia Feb 21, 2007 04:52 PM

                  I took a class at Le Gourmand and loved it! It is not hands on but you sit in the tiny kitchen while the owner/chef makes a full meal. You get to sip wine and have a little plate of every course. It was so charming, lovely and very tasty!
                  I think it is only once a month..ring them for specifics.

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                    howard 1st Feb 22, 2007 08:23 AM

                    northgate community center (near northgate mall / 684-7080) is a new facility that offers an ongoing and variable series of classes (mostly evenings and weekends) geared to the non-professional cook - shockingly inexpensive and they advertise to bring containers so as to haul your treasures home

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                      gastros Mar 7, 2007 01:40 PM

                      Fabulous! Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

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                        sailcocktail Mar 9, 2007 02:16 PM

                        I'll second the Culinary Communion recommendation. I've learned a lot, and love that it's all hands on. I've run into a number of couples taking the classes together, and they have some for couples only, too.

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                          staffstuff Mar 9, 2007 03:46 PM

                          I have taken cooking classes at many
                          different schools in the Seattle area, and I have
                          enjoyed classes at Cook's World the most. (I also
                          learned the most from them.)

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                            pablissima Mar 12, 2007 12:06 AM

                            I'll third the recommendation on Culinary Communion. The classes are varied, and are very hands on, and both main instructors are CIA-trained chefs and excellent teachers.

                            1. daryn Mar 12, 2007 06:29 PM

                              I fourth the recommendation on Culinary Communion. Great people, good variety of classes (I've only taken one, but excited for Charcuterie next month!), and very hands-on and fun. Classes are in a house, so the kitchen is a little more crowded, which i think adds to the experience.

                              I did a sur la table class in kirkland, it was fun, but I was a little underwhelmed. It felt like you were in a store, and it was a lot more clinical than the CC class.

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                                ptridel Mar 14, 2007 10:04 AM

                                Art Institute of Seattle offers all-day Saturday cooking classes, 5 weeks long for $1300 through their continuing education dept. They are taught as if trying to squeeze a culinary school skills class into 40 hours of instruction. Topics include all the soup categories, all the major stocks, some breads and desserts, knife cuts, starches, five basic cooking techniques, five mother sauces, emulsions, etc.

                                1. meaganl Jul 12, 2010 07:22 AM

                                  It's been a few years since this thread originated. Does anyone have any updated recommendations for cooking classes in the Seattle area, specifically geared toward couples classes?

                                  Thank you!

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                                    munchrat Jul 17, 2010 07:48 AM

                                    Sur La Table out in Kirkland. They have date night cooking classes for couples. We took a cheese making class together and it was a lot of fun. We sent our 2 boys through their teen's and kid's cooking camp and they enjoyed it a lot. Their instructors are very knowledgeable and they are very organized, it's all hands on, they have everything set up for you when you arrive and all you have to do have fun learning. No dishes to wash, it's a well thought out program. Highly recommended, and our boys are usually picky eaters, but they tried everything and said it was good.

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                                      sailcocktail Aug 2, 2011 09:19 AM

                                      Well, Culinary Communion is out of business so that is no longer an option. You can check out Dish it Up! (www.dish-it-up.com) as their course offerings change a lot, and they now have two locations so have more classes.

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