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looking for a great couple's cooking class

megheartsshoes Nov 11, 2008 08:04 PM

hi there! i'm new to CHOW but it already seems like the perfect place to get to know - my boyfriend and i are big foodies and are always looking for new restaurants and places to try. we also both love to cook, so for his birthday in a few weekends i wanted to take him to a couple's cooking class. we had originally been looking at the cambridge culinary school, but their classes are all filled already. any recommendations for a fun cooking class? it could be at a school or restaurant outside of boston or right in the city, we wouldn't mind going wherever - and i can spend up to $200 for the both of us.

thanks in advance for any help you can give!

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  1. mcel215 RE: megheartsshoes Nov 12, 2008 01:10 AM

    I am signed up for the Easy as Pie class, but I have been signed up for a couple of months now. These classes go fast, but there seem to be a few left.


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      Tir_na_nOg RE: mcel215 Nov 12, 2008 04:19 AM

      Any other opinions on Helen's Kitchen classes? Sounds like fun.


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        mizzduke RE: Tir_na_nOg Nov 12, 2008 07:18 AM

        I've found Helen's classes to be great (I've gone to the raw fish class and the pasta making class). Always a great mix of people, in a comfortable home environment, and Helen is a very knowledgable (and accessible) teacher. Usually only about 8 people to a class, if I remember correctly.

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        mcel215 RE: mcel215 Nov 23, 2008 07:47 AM

        I went to Helen's class yesterday and thought I would report back.

        There were 8 of us at the class, mostly women but there was a couple in our group.
        All very nice people, and Helen is warm and a gracious teacher. She uses local ingredients from farmer's markets and promotes doing so. Her kitchen is small, with
        a very rustic feel to it. No machinery, except of course a KA stand mixer, for our class. We did "Easy as Pie", which isn't so easy, but her method is impecable.

        We ate our tarts and pies, which were:

        Cherry tomato, guyere & carmelized onion tart (excellent)
        Blue cheese, carmelized shallot, Roasted beets, arugala & walnut (OUT of this World)
        Pear Tatin (easy and exceptional)
        Apple-cranberry galette (very good)

        I am giving this class a big thumbs up, and will return to class in the Spring for "One Fish, two Fish", where Helen promises to make me a Blue fish lover... oy vey!

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        robertlf RE: megheartsshoes Nov 12, 2008 03:49 AM

        Try the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. If Walter Rhee has a class, take it!

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          fullbelly RE: robertlf Nov 24, 2008 10:35 AM

          Actually, the CCAE has a whole series of couples cooking classes. We took one and it was surprisingly fun, especially for my husband who does not cook. Ever. http://www.cambridgeculinary.com/recr...

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          Blumie RE: megheartsshoes Nov 12, 2008 07:26 AM

          This is OT for the Boston board, but for a great weekend, you can stay at the Inn at Essex, near Burlington, VT, which is run by the New England Culinary Institute, and take one or more of their classes.

          Information at http://www.vtculinaryresort.com/

          1. Bob Dobalina RE: megheartsshoes Nov 24, 2008 06:14 AM

            Just for the record, my fiancee and I attended a couples cooking class at Cambridge Culinary Institute (Topic: French) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so if you're able to wait, they have quite a few offerings each season. Incidentally, the tapas class in an adjacent kitchen was packed but our French class had only three couples, so it was quite manageable.

            1. TheTrout RE: megheartsshoes Nov 24, 2008 06:33 AM

              Elephant Walk has some very nice cooking classes ( most held in Cambridge ), the winter schedule should be up any day on their website. One word of caution: the classes usually fill up very quickly. If there's something that looks good - don't hesitate, sign up ASAP !


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                bostonphotobilll RE: megheartsshoes Nov 24, 2008 09:40 AM

                My wife and I have done two courses at the Baking Education Center at King Arthur in Norwich, Vermont. We really loved them. In fact I have signed on to a five day class in January.

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                  snowcone RE: megheartsshoes Nov 25, 2008 02:46 PM

                  My SO and I just took a cooking class at Marco on Hanover Street in the North End. They have a series of classes from pasta making to sauces to roast meats. We did the class on sauces which included Bolognese and "Mama's Meatballs and Gravy". The pasta and sauce classes are under $100; the others are more expensive. Wine is liberally poured throughout the event. This is not a technically oriented cooking class, but a fun, results oriented class with great spirit. I really enjoyed the other patrons who attended. The class was about 10-12 in size. Totally relaxing and fun evening! www.marcorestaurantboston.com

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                    brianhfree RE: snowcone Dec 1, 2008 11:46 AM

                    this sounds great! I just looked on their website and didn't see anything about classes though? Am I missing it?

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                      snowcone RE: brianhfree Dec 17, 2008 07:21 AM

                      The classes aren't on the website. On the website, you should sign up to get on their email list, and then you receive emails about the upcoming classes. They are really more like demonstrations than actual classes, but you learn a lot and have a great meal in the process.
                      We just attended a roasted meat class this Monday, with Rack of Lamb, and that is just what I plan on making for Christmas dinner.
                      Hope you get to go...fun and romantic.

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