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Restaurants with Cooking Classes

cielle Sep 20, 2008 04:48 PM

Once a year a group of girlfriends and I go out to a restaurant for a cooking class. There are usually about 20 or 25 of us. For the past couple of years we have been going to Spargos. The first year I thought the food was excellent. The second year it was so-so. Anyone know of any other Central Jersey restaurants that will do a cooking class?


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    RGR RE: cielle Sep 21, 2008 09:29 AM

    I don't know of any restaurants offering cooking classes. However, since you mention Spargo's, which is in Freehold, here's an idea. Brookdale Community College offers cooking classes as part of their Community Development program (non-credit courses) at their Freehold campus, which is on Route 9 South. You could contact the Community Development office to see if arrangements can be made for one of the instructors to do a private, hands-on class for your group in the instructional kitchen.


    1. Angelina RE: cielle Sep 21, 2008 11:19 AM

      Hi Cielle! I posted something on this earlier this year, and to my delight, someone introduced me to the site. http://www.cookntell.com/
      I took a class here, (it is bascially a woman's house in Colts Neck and she brings in GREAT chefs to teach.) I took a class called "Paris Revisited" by Kathleen Sanderson. So much fun! It was a demonstration class, but then you get to eat everything she makes.

      Let me just tell you, EVERYTHING I learned in that class, I make now and everyone raves about how great it is. The other people in the class (She keeps them small, 10 people) were all so much fun and I got to meet really nice people. I am sure if you have 25, she could probably accomodate a class just for all of you. She is really nice, the owner is Sue.

      Definately check it out!


      I also am waiting to see the new schedule for this place in Westfield, http://www.westfieldtoday.com/westfie...

      it is called Classic Thyme, or you can call them for the schedule. I regisitered for a class with the same chef I met in Colts Neck, but then the class was cancelled due to low turnout.


      Another thought is Kings Cooking Classess


      The only problem, the classess are far from me, Short Hills and Bedminster.


      If you want to drive, which I don't..in Fairfield there is the Viking Cooking School



      Let us know or please post if you find any!!

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        HillJ RE: cielle Sep 21, 2008 12:10 PM


        cielle, this is the thread that ran earlier about cooking school opportunities. I'm thrilled to hear a fellow NJ hound enjoyed Cook N Tell.

        The only restaurant-ish place I can think of is Mumfords in Tinton Falls but not sure if that is central Jersey for you..if you come across others in your search, please share them.

        Good luck!

        1. angelo04 RE: cielle Sep 23, 2008 06:28 AM

          My daughter and I did a class geared toward the little ones at cook n tell and it was great. While not an adults class, I could see how Sue, the instructor, would be great at an adult themed class. HillJ knows what he's talking about. Check them out.

          Also, Happy Thyme cooking school in Westfield is another option.

          Another option but over the bridge in S.I. is carolscafe.com

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            HillJ RE: angelo04 Sep 23, 2008 06:34 AM

            angelo04, thank you for the SI recommendation again! I need to make a few work connections in that area so I have a reason to head in that direction.
            and, thank you RPMC for the above link. I have so much to learn about Thai preparation!

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              HillJ RE: HillJ Sep 23, 2008 06:46 AM

              my bad for forgetting to mention this gem. Highly recommend & I first learned about these classes on CH.

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                angelo04 RE: HillJ Sep 23, 2008 07:11 AM

                Anytime HillJ, Carols is also an excellent place to have dinner. She can realy make it spicy if you like too, for me it is the only place worth going back 'home" for.

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                RGR RE: angelo04 Sep 23, 2008 06:57 AM

                The correct name is Classic Thyme: http://www.westfieldtoday.com/classic...

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                HillJ RE: cielle Jan 16, 2009 09:13 AM


                You can add Gaetano's to the list of restaurants offering cooking classes.

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                  Angelina RE: HillJ Jan 16, 2009 09:20 AM

                  That cooking class at Gaetano's looks like my 6 year old nephew would put together. Seriously, why bother? That menu is for cooking 101.


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                    HillJ RE: Angelina Jan 16, 2009 09:42 AM

                    Ah, maybe not every customer is as experienced as you Angelina. But I look forward to a review from a CH that attends the class.

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                      Angelina RE: HillJ Jan 16, 2009 10:13 AM

                      You are right HillJ. I sound like a snob. I am sure it is a great class for newbies and I would like to hear from others as well :) Thanks for correcting me!

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                        ncn RE: Angelina Jan 19, 2009 05:19 PM

                        Pricing for Gaetano's seems a little much. Is it standard to charge tax and gratuity for a cooking class? I do wine making and there is no charge for tax and gratuity.

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                  Yellowshirt RE: cielle Jan 19, 2009 02:01 PM

                  Classic Thyme Westfield NJ
                  Not a restaurant, not really a cooking school, but they offer a number of diferent cooking classes....from what you wrote this would be a very good fit for yourgrou[

                  David MArtone is the head chef...he has a number of menus from which you can choose or you can create something for yourselves, especially considering you hae a rather large group

                  Chef Martone uses quality ingredients and is ery personable. Go and you will have fun!

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                    cantkick RE: cielle Jan 19, 2009 02:29 PM

                    Mumford's in Tinton Falls

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                      HillJ RE: cantkick Jan 19, 2009 03:07 PM

                      Classic Thyme & Mumfords were mentioned up thread earlier.
                      Did something about either class offerings change?

                    2. MGZ RE: cielle Jan 20, 2009 08:52 AM

                      Just stumbled upon this:


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