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restaurant cooking classes?

Hi there,

I'm on the East Coast and largely ignorant of the LA restaurant scene. Are there any big-name (or rather, known-chef restaurants) there that offer cooking classes (here it's usually just one afternoon/night, includes the meal, i think ~$100-150)? I'd like to buy a class as a present for a friend who's moved out there, but don't know what's good or would be exciting for a foodie to attend. Slight preference for Italian or French (or 'nouveau american') cuisine, but would also consider some other genres, like Thai, sushi, or vegetarian. My friend will be living near Santa Monica, so all else equal, closer to there than, say, Pasadena would be better.

Thanks!
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  1. Looks like they have classes at Drago, a very good Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. Here's the link:

    http://www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it/II...

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I think the cooking class series at Providence is over. I'm not sure when they'll start back up again but they were excellent.

        1. re: hrhboo

          Actually, there's a dessert class on the 21st. 11 a.m. 150/person. 2 hours.

          hrrhboo, which one did you take? I signed up for the sushi/sashimi class in May but had to cancel. Such is life.

        1. The Depot in Torrance. Chef Mike does an excellent Santa Barbara wine tour also.

          http://www.depotrestaurant.com/classe...