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coffey605 Aug 3, 2007 04:27 PM

I have been searching for "hands on" classes. I am not looking to enroll in a school I just want some structured classes. Any Help?

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    janiceliv Aug 3, 2007 04:41 PM

    Savona in Gulph Mills hosts a class most Saturdays in their fantastic kitchen with their head chef -- great food, good instruction, and you'll come away inspired by their creative, well-executed menus! After the class there is a three-course lunch with a wine-pairing served in their wine cellar. Fabulous!

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      coffey605 Aug 3, 2007 04:46 PM

      Thanks, are the classes large?

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        janiceliv Aug 3, 2007 04:54 PM

        Nope, they're not too big. I've taken two there and each time it's only been about 6-7 people. I remember being told while reserving once that they limit the class sizes so that everyone can fit comfortably in the kitchen (around their AMAZING Bonnet stove -- $75K and worth taking the class for that alone)! The classes really are super -- in fact, I'm going again in a few weeks!

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          Fanthai Aug 5, 2007 09:07 PM

          What kind of food he teahing?

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            janiceliv Aug 6, 2007 12:00 PM

            It is quite varied -- French, Mediterranean. It is hard to say exactly. He uses many seasonal and local ingredients. They do have a dinner menu up online at www.savonarestaurant.com.

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      coffey605 Aug 3, 2007 04:58 PM

      They are booked until September (just checked). I will call tomorrow to set the next available. Thank You!

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        janiceliv Aug 3, 2007 05:01 PM

        My pleasure! I hope you like it, but they're hard not to like!

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          coffey605 Aug 7, 2007 04:23 PM

          Thank you! I will check him out

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        mlpkroffal Aug 3, 2007 07:24 PM

        If you are open to personal classes in your home, there are some people that do that also. There is a website (and of course I can't think of it) that has sort of a directory of who in the area does them. You could google it. I do know that David Katz formerly chef of M Restaurant is doing some private cooking/classes around the Washington Square area lately. He'd make for a great lesson, I have been to a party in which he cooked, and it was crazy good!

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          jh253 Aug 9, 2007 09:11 AM

          My friend and I just took a class at the Viking Cooking School in Bryn Mawr. It was terrific! They have classes every night, so you can find the perfect class for what you are looking to get out of it. Each class has a different set of skills that you learn. We had Chef Andrew, who was great!! He had some terrific tips. The class fits all skills levels. I love to cook and do it quite often. There was another woman who never cooks and her friend just brought her along. We both raved about the class. The meal at the end is the cherry on a sundae! I highly recommend it. Very fun, educational and yummy!

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            Chao Aug 9, 2007 09:28 AM

            I've been looking for the same thing. Recently, I found that the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill has Community Education course ranging from one-day intensives to one-night-a-week seasonals. Might be worth looking into...

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              pathgirl Sep 22, 2007 02:32 PM

              The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli has hands-on cooking classes covering all different types of cooking- price for the class is reasonable and includes the meal and wine. The classes are max of 10 or so in size and I have enjoyed all of the ones I've taken there!

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