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cooking classes?

looking for suggestions for cooking classes in austin/perhaps even lakeway. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Are you looking for basic "how to cook" classes, or something more specialized?

    1. I think there are at least two types of cooking classes. Those that are primarily observational (and often entertaining) and those that are more about teaching you hands-on cooking skills. I've had more experience with the former. Central market has classes every night, and often times during the day as well. I've been to dozens over the years including three in the past month. I like the mix of subjects which include well known chefs, ood history, classes about one type of food, a type of cooking, and hands-on skills like how to use a knife. I believe central market in central Austin has more classes. I've also enjoyed two classes from Hudson's on the Bend (near Lakeway). The first was in the kitchen and was more intimate and educational. The other was at their house and more entertaining with beautiful views of Lake Travis (it had water in it back then). Whole Foods has a relatively new school and events like the Texas Food and Wine Festival are often good choices for cooking demonstrations. Hopefully someone else can speak to the hands-on variety if that's more where your interest lie. I seem to have taken more of those classes in other cities and countried for some reason. Good luck finding what you are interested in.

      1. I don't have any experience with Gina’s Kitchen on 12th St., but it's a lead... www.ginaskitchen.com

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        1. re: avi

          I was stoked when I saw your post, but Gina's isn't offering public cooking classes anytime soon. I guess we have to wait!

        2. The Texas Culinary Institute on north Burnet Rd used to offer some cooking classes. Might look into that. Also the informal classes at UT offer some specialized cooking classes.

          1. Sur La Table is opening in the new Domain area and they have cooking classes (http://www.surlatable.com/category/cu...). Austin is not listen yet but I'm sure the Austin location will have culinary classes as well.

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            1. re: christmascarol

              See today's AAS report on the Domain. According to that article,if my memory serves, the SLT cooking classes will not be a reality anytime real soon.

            2. I love the hands on classes at Whole Foods. There are observational classes and hands on classes. Since I watch the Food network alot I dont feel I get much out of the observational classes. The hands on knife skills class is great at the Whole Foods center. There are classes at Central Market (they also have a great knife skills class, which I also took an preferred to the WF class). If you love cookbook reading, then check out the Whole Foods Culinary Adventures class which involves getting a cookbook, making a few dishes and talking about it at class. Williams Sonoma has classes at the Barton Creek and Arboretum site but the kitchen is small and inadequate, and is always observational. Sur la Table is well known for fantastic classes (I used to go all the time in Seattle) but the new store at the Domain does not have a kitchen so I cannot imagine how they will have any classes there. Hudsons on the Bend also offers a class followed by a dinner but I have not taken it. Finally, Malaga restaurant has a class once a month but the dishes are very basic.

              1. Unfortunately, Sur La Table at The Domain does not have a culinary program, which is why they will not be offering cooking classes at that location. Sur La Table only offers 2 culinary programs in Texas at this time...the Dallas store on Travis Street and the one at River Oaks in Houston.

                1. UT offers a few with their Informal Classes program.

                  http://www.informalclasses.org

                  1. The chef from Malaga on 4th holds cooking classes:
                    http://www.malagatapasbar.com/events_...

                    Haven't tried them, but they sound very interesting.