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Can anyone recommend chef/restaurant-sponsored cooking class in the area? L'Academie classes are "okay" but... I'm looking for something a "foodie" would enjoy. Not sure if Tosca still offers Saturday classes, but that's an indicative of what I'm looking for. Thanks.

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  1. I have always wanted to take the knife skills class at L'Academie. I know you said you wanted something more foodie but of all classes I could take it would be my pick. I would check and see if Bebo still has its classes with Robert Donna.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I saw a cooking class going on two weeks ago at Bebo. I think it was a Tuesday night. I quickly read the cooking class schedule at the hostess stand and it did have saturday classes. I am sure if you called them they would fax or email a schedule to you. There were a dozen people cooking at a counter with R.D. The students had there own little burner and skillet and they were drinking wine - looked like lots of fun.

      1. re: keithdcil

        My husband got me this for my birthday. Donna has several classes a week - we did the Saturday night date night, which was just six people total and a lot of wine! They were incredibly hospitable, it ended up being seven courses plus prosecco, white wine and red wine with the meal. I can also attest to the fact that you're really, seriously cooking. It's not just a demonstration.

        I HIGHLY recommend it.

    2. I've had my eye on cooking classes at 2941. They look great but I don't see any on their site right now.

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      1. re: chowser

        They might not be still doing them since they switched chefs and the new new chef will be coming in soon.

      2. My SO and I had a wonderful "date night" class at Sur La Table in Pentagon Row. They often have some significant chefs teach the classes... our was taught by Ris LaCoste

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        1. re: scotcheroo

          Good friends gave me a class last year. It was sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and it was a one night class called Cooking at the Fishermans Inn. It went back room into the Kitchen @ FI on Kent Island. It was approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hours in the kitchen, and then approx 45 minutes to 1 hour of eating everything we made and drinking some good wine. The Chefs were terrifiic, and I ended up purchasing a class for my wife also and we had a great date night. If I remember correctly it cost $40.00 for the night per person. Also afterwards they gave you copies of all of the recipes we made during class so we could make them at home.

          1. re: RJJR

            I've given classes as presents to my sister in Atlanta at the Viking range store. I'm pretty sure their store in Tysons Corner offers similar offerings. Check Viking's website.

          2. re: scotcheroo

            I took a pie making class at Sur La Table and thought it was only so-so. It felt overcrowded. There were 6 (!!) people per pie. Which basically meant I didn't get a full hands on experience for each step, which I really needed.

            There were 2 people in my group who had taken a number of classes at L'Academia and said it was much better. That's where I'm planning to go when I take a class next.

            The one really nice thing about Sur La Table is the discount you get for the week to buy anything in the store. I think its like 15-20% which is nice.

          3. I believe you can reserve cooking classes at Equinox. I also believe Chef Grey has a "tour" where you go to the penn quarter market with him, pick out stuff, and learn what to cook with it.

            Not sure you could get a gift certificate for it, but it's worth a try because that sounds awesome.

            1. The Washington Post Website always has a huge list of cooking classes in the food and dining website by the way.

              1. I really like the classes at L'Academie. Someone bought us a gift certificate from there for our wedding and we used it earlier this year. Since then we've made an effort to try a new class once a season. Also, they do periodically have special "celebrity" chef classes available. They just came out with the new schedule so I'd suggest checking it out on their website (lacademie.com).

                1. Hi. I was actually looking at getting my husband a gift certificate to L'Academie ... can you tell me more about why you think it is just 'okay'? Thanks ...

                  1. I was looking at Bebo, Lebanese Taverna, L'Academie, and Sur la Table and did not find anything that really struck me as the kind of gift I wanted to give my friend for Christmas.

                    First off- Lebanese Taverna would be perfect- aside from the fact that they are closing up shop, as far as their cooking classes are concerned, until next March!

                    Bebo was very pricey and since I am a notoriously horrible cook, I felt the $110/class pricetag was a bit excessive. They are still holding classes though and it seemed like a great experience.

                    Sur la Table, and L'Academie seemed too much like a "Michaels" handy-work class. They seemed rather technical and did not provide the sort of ambiance I wanted for a romantic Christmas gift.

                    Luckily, I stumbled upon Tastedc.com which offered a list of cooking classes in various restaurants and venues throughout the DC-metro area. The classes ranged in class anywhere from $68-$105 and start as soon as January. I finally settled on a "gourmet pizza" class, which I am very excited to attend!