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Cooking classes in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania?

ksgrossett Dec 3, 2007 04:03 PM

I would like to find about participating in cooking classes in the area. Does anyone know any places that do this? Please let me know! Thanks!

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    m.hilton Jan 10, 2008 08:25 PM

    I am a student at PCI and the chef's their are very esteemed and often times overqualified (hometown boys coming back for the twilight of their careers) So if the Gen. classes they offer are as in-depth and as hands on as my classes, Bring a notebook, a good attitude and prepare to learn from some amazingly talented culinarians

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      jimmytomato Dec 27, 2007 11:35 AM

      A little-known and unadvertised (as far as I know) series of cooking classes is offered by the PA Culinary Institute of Pgh. My siblings and I recently purchased a couple of cooking classes for our parents. We were told that the classes always sell out and are "too popular," hence the absence of publicity (I don't believe you'll find anything about the classes on the PA Culinary website). Call or e-mail Terry Moran (tmoran@paculinary.com, 877-729-5771, ext. 4519). Right before Christmas, we got tickets to four classes in February. Hopefully it's not too late to get into some of their late winter/early spring classes. Sorry I didn't respond earlier...

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        katherine_w Dec 4, 2007 03:51 AM

        I have attended many classes at Rainia's in Mt. Lebanon. She should have a winter/spring schedule coming out soon - you can sign up for her mailing list. I have really enjoyed her classes, she always provides copies of all recipes, and there is usually wine while she is cooking! I have only attended the classes where she is cooking - but she has several guest chefs. The typical set up is you sit in her cooking studio and watch her cook - sometimes participants assist. When she is done you eat buffet style in the adjoining room which is a small cafe. I have always felt it is a good value for the money and she is very entertaining. My only complaint is that she packs too many people into a small space. The classes usually sell out. Usually 40 people jammed into a small space on folding chairs that are so close the chairs are touching - and you sit the whole time while she cooks. That said - I'd would still attend more classes.

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        1. re: katherine_w
          chinacat1969 Dec 28, 2007 06:52 AM

          I have been to Rainia's however, it is more like a cooking show. No hands on unless you are asked to help the chef. She does have an amazing variety of classes and you can take the T from downtown/southside if you don't want to drive to Mt. Lebanon.

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          Panini Guy Dec 3, 2007 06:06 PM

          Crate in Scott Twp.

          1. Greyhoundgrrl Dec 3, 2007 06:04 PM

            Here's the listing from the Carnegie Library website:

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