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

ksgrossett Apr 3, 2008 10:43 PM

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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    TampaPete Jan 24, 2011 04:05 AM

    "Let Them Eat Cake" here in Tampa, offers cooking classes.
    Never taken a class there, however, it was mentioned to me this past Saturday.

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      vagabondgourmet Jan 21, 2011 07:37 AM

      I've been to Chefs on the Loose in Tampa and it's awesome. Relaxed, fun, and in a very nice setting, like being in someone's gourmet kitchen and comfy dining room.

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        baby60 Jan 18, 2011 04:20 AM

        Chefs on The Loose in Tampa. Lots of hands-on classes in a fun and elegant environment.

        1. scubadoo97 Apr 8, 2008 07:58 AM

          What level are you looking for?

          1. chefsantiago Apr 8, 2008 07:22 AM

            Orlando Culinary Academy, Pattisserie & Baking Program (Evenings)

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              imissla Apr 8, 2008 06:26 AM

              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!

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                LoN Apr 6, 2008 06:25 AM

                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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                  LunasMom Apr 7, 2008 05:58 PM

                  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.

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                    RibDog Apr 7, 2008 06:51 PM

                    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.


                2. rhnault Apr 4, 2008 05:36 AM

                  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/gyrobase/Food
                  Here is last week's list from the Tampa Trib http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/...

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                    RibDog Apr 4, 2008 06:33 AM

                    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.


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                      Wallace Apr 4, 2008 11:42 AM

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

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