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cincodemayo1 Aug 10, 2007 11:57 AM

Hope you guys can help, and I hope this is the right place to post this!

I'm on the look out for some really enjoyable cooking classes in LA. It's a gift for 2 friends (they're a couple) so something romantic could be good, or something funky. Just good classes taught by someone who knows what they're doing in a nice environment would work.

Looking to spend between $50-$80pp.

Is that possible?

Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. kellydeez RE: cincodemayo1 Aug 10, 2007 12:31 PM

    Try these places. I've tried the first and second schools and really enjoyed them. The last one I have heard good things about...

    Hipcooks in Down town.


    New School of Cooking in Culver City.


    Be Gourment on the Eastside.


    Good Luck!

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      michellemabelle RE: kellydeez Aug 10, 2007 04:32 PM

      Chefmakers-it may be more expensive than $80pp, but they offer "date night" cooking classes and have locations in Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach. I have only been to the Palisades, and they have a very cool set-up with a flat screen TVthat shows what the teacher is doing.

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        gaylenwaydelich RE: kellydeez Aug 11, 2007 01:44 AM

        BeGourmet is a very intimate experience. Tim is great fun. I have taken a few classes with him and it is usually just Tim, me and my guest.

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          Cubancoffee RE: gaylenwaydelich Jul 21, 2008 06:18 PM

          I could not find on the website where he holds his classes. Does anyone know?

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        JE33 RE: cincodemayo1 Aug 10, 2007 04:54 PM

        i second the recommendation for chefmakers...the best move is to take a class with a celebrity chef...my wife and i have been to classes with Thierry Ratiraut from Rover's in Seattle, as well as with Alain Giraud of Bastide...very fun time...the cost may be more than $80 but it includes a multi course meal with dessert and wine in the price...highly recommended

        1. Emme RE: cincodemayo1 Aug 10, 2007 05:44 PM

          Very specific experience, but we had a great time at La Cachette's Thanksgiving Dinner Class!

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            Emily227 RE: cincodemayo1 Jul 19, 2008 10:45 PM

            I've had an enjoyable experience at Chez Cherie (www.chezcherie.com) in La Canada. They have a great variety of classes and some great excursions---and they have gift certificates. The ambiance is great and most people bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during the class.

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              bethshax RE: cincodemayo1 Jul 20, 2008 01:47 PM

              We've done two classes at Hipcooks, they were great for beginners but not great for real cooks who want to expand their skill set.

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                valleychowhound RE: cincodemayo1 Jul 21, 2008 09:50 PM


                On Pico, near the Westside Pavilion.

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