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Cooking classes and baking classes in the Tampa, Florida area??

I'm relocating to Tampa in the next few weeks. I currently live in San Francisco, and there are so many places to take cooking lessons and baking classes here, but I've been searching on the internet, and haven't come across many places in Tampa. They don't have to be formal or fancy establishments. Even just local bakeries that holds some classes here and there. Any suggestions? That would be super helpful. Thanks!

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  1. There are a lot of cooking classes going on. Everything from Publix to private bakeries to local chefs at their restaurants. Usually there are updated lists weekly in the Weekly Planet and the St Pete Times. Of course now that I am trying to find specific links for you I can't seem to find them.... But here is the food sect for SPT http://www.tampabay.com/features/food/ and WP http://tampa.creativeloafing.com/gyro...
    Here is last week's list from the Tampa Trib http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/...

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    1. re: rhnault

      I agree that there are classes all over the Tampa Bay area. I just saw that the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon just added a CIA trained pastry chef to their list of class instructors.

      John

      1. re: RibDog

        Publix Apron Cooking School in Tampa has a variety of cooking classes. If you google Apron Cooking School all the classes are listed online.

    2. Check out www.rollingpinonline.com (Brandon) for a list of the classes...they moved in the last couple of years to a much larger facility, designed to hold cooking classes as well as their retail business - it's impressive. There are also a couple of places in Dunedin that offer classes on a regular basis...you can find those in the "Taste" section of the Tampa Bay Times.

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      1. re: LoN

        I second the Rolling Pin, get on their email list and they will let you know of upcoming classes, and guest chefs. They offer classes and will also have demonstrations where you can sit and watch, and enjoy the fruits of their labors. I lucked out and got in on their last night of the demonstration where they included the flight of wine in the price, now they have a separate price to add the wine. Still worth it and if they are still doing it you get 20% coupon for that night or 10% for a limited time after that.

        1. re: LunasMom

          Actually, certain demonstration classes still include wine and beer in the price. You just need to look at the description of each class to determine whether the wine and beer are separate or included.

          John

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        1. I just moved to Tampa from LA. The bakery at Publix is pretty good, but a cooking class there would be akin to a cooking class at Vons. As suggested below, Rolling Pin is probably your best bet. There is not much to choose from here. Although I have noticed every now and again a couple classes offered by local restuarants in South Tampa. Best of luck!

          1. Orlando Culinary Academy, Pattisserie & Baking Program (Evenings)