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uromac Feb 13, 2009 05:39 AM

Hi!

Does anyone know of any restaurants in this area that do a cooking class /dining experience that I can give as a birthday present? We have done Lacroix walking tour which was great fun (we are more foodies than chefs), and I have heard of La Campagne in Cherry Hill, NJ, but does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Melissa

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    JCap Feb 13, 2009 07:15 AM

    Received an e-mail a few weeks ago or so from Osteria. They are going to start doing pizza/pasta making classes, etc. Don't think they have dates yet, but that'll be pretty neat. If you click on their newsletter below, you can see more details.

    http://www.osteriaphilly.com/newsletter/

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      jujuthomas Feb 13, 2009 07:34 AM

      morimoto does sushi making lessons. not sure how far in advance u have to book.

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        Buckethead Feb 13, 2009 07:49 AM

        Foster's Homewares has cooking demonstrations and classes:

        http://www.shopfosters.com/store/page...

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          Bigley9 Feb 19, 2009 07:38 AM

          I have really enjoyed classes at Fosters!

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          ChiliDude Feb 13, 2009 07:53 AM

          Since I don't know how far one is willing to travel for such an experience, it is difficult to make a recommendation other than the following website. The site is in Paoli, PA.

          http://www.kitchen-workshop.com/

          My daughter gave me a gift certificate for this place, and it was an enjoyable experience.

          1. mddletown Feb 13, 2009 08:29 AM

            We have been taking some hands on classes and demonstrations at the Viking Cooking School in Bryn Mawr. They are always a great time. For the hands on classes there are 12 students and a chef to teach and at the end of the night you sit down to eat everything!
            http://www.vikingcookingschool.com/hc...

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              bigfella Feb 19, 2009 07:35 AM

              I second the Viking School. We actually had a company teambuilding there and they were great. Good recipies, good food, good atmosphere, good instructors. It was a lot of fun.

              http://howsthatburgerbigfella.wordpre...

            2. CindyJ Feb 16, 2009 09:24 AM

              If you're willing to travel out to Chester County, the Inn Keeper's Kitchen at the Dilworthtown Inn http://www.dilworthtown.com/ikk_coursedescription.asp offers some wonderful classes. I received as a gift a class in "Sauces," which I took just a couple of weeks ago. It was given by Jean-Marie LaCroix, and it was really a great experience, accompanied by a 5-course meal (which I didn't know about until I arrived for the class).

              Also, the new catalog for the Chester County Night School www.chestercountynightschool.org lists dozens of classes in the "Culinary Arts" category, many of which are given in Main Line locations.

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                dai11 Jan 29, 2011 04:56 AM

                Has anyone tried out the courses at the Inn Keeper's Kitchen lately? I'm thinking about checking it out but thought I'd see if anyone had experience with it recently. Thanks!

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                  ilovesummer Jan 29, 2011 05:33 AM

                  just this morning was reading about all the classes at walnuthillcollege.edu
                  they sound like a lot of fun

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                    dai11 Jan 29, 2011 05:46 AM

                    I'll check it out. Thanks!

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                percyn Feb 17, 2009 08:54 AM

                An old Philly.com article at http://www.philly.com/philly/restaurants/20071004_For_cooks__adept_or_aspiring.html is a good starting point.

                Assuming the Lacroix tour was via Albertson's cooking school, so you probably know about them. I have also received a lesson as a gift from http://www.culinaryarts.com/Sojourns/... and enjoyed myself, though if you are a competent home cook, you are not likely to walk away with much additional knowledge, other than a fun experience and a chef's jacket.

                Cheers

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                  jerseyguy2 Feb 17, 2009 03:52 PM

                  Bacio in Cinnaminson, NJ might be just the place. The chef/owner hosts classes and other special events.

                  http://www.baciorestaurant.com/

                  1. Chefmonty Feb 18, 2009 04:32 AM

                    Jim Coleman does cooking classes/dinners at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell.

                    http://www.normandyfarm.com/normandy-...

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                      Betharu Feb 18, 2009 05:39 PM

                      We do cooking and wine pairing classes at Carlow Cookery in Doylestown. Denis is great and Bill is excellent at pairing the wines with food.

                      They run different themes and classes are usually around 20 people.

                      www.CarlowCookery.com

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                        Bride of the Juggler Feb 19, 2009 06:19 AM

                        There's the Tria school, but the classes are quite expensive. Thank you.

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                          KateForbes Feb 20, 2009 11:35 AM

                          I second the Viking Classes in Bryn Mawr. I have taken about 4-5 classes with friends and have really enjoyed them. Lorelei is an especially great instructor.

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                            PhishFoodie Sep 2, 2009 07:26 AM

                            just wondering if anyone has any more new ideas on this? i'm thinking of getting some cooking classes or an in home chef experience as a wedding gift.
                            does anyone know of any chefs that come to your home and do this? or any ofhter cooking classes in philly? thanks!

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                              EpicurBurbs Sep 2, 2009 09:00 AM

                              Though not in Philly, the most recent email newsletter from Majolica (Phoenixville) said that at the request of some of their customers there were going to begin holding cooking classes. They are still working out the details and topics, but "classes are on the horizon". I suppose you could call or email for more details.

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                                PhishFoodie Sep 2, 2009 04:33 PM

                                thanks.. i'm not sure where that is-i'm not from around there... i prefer something concrete that already exists and i might be able to find some feedback on.

                                the viking classes look like what we're going with, but i was hoping to find someone who might go to their home. thanks again.

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                                  SUZSS0811 Sep 3, 2009 08:23 AM

                                  I received the same email too....here's a link to the classes and schedule...interesting stuff, I'm always intrigued by how these chef/owners think and to be able to see how they put dishes together sounds like fun!
                                  http://www.majolicarestaurant.com/dem...

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                                  Ali Sep 2, 2009 06:59 PM

                                  Have you thought about looking into something with Shola Olunloyo?

                                  http://www.studiokitchen.typepad.com/

                                  He does both in-home dining and cooking classes.

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                                    Den Sep 3, 2009 07:09 PM

                                    The Restaurant School is the place to go. They have great classes.

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                                      spicemistress Sep 3, 2009 07:14 PM

                                      I heard that Phil Roy does special dinners at his house in Chestnut Hill. Sounds like a wonderful combination of food and music. Plus his place looks beautiful. Have no idea about the cost, though.

                                      http://www.philroy.com/dinners.php

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                                        Laura D. Feb 12, 2011 10:34 AM

                                        This looks so neat but there isn't much info on the website (it suggests you email for more information). Has anyone done this?

                                    2. hollyd Sep 3, 2009 09:19 AM

                                      I get the Temple continuing education/ certification brochure and just got the one for fall> They do cooking classes in a classroom at the Reading Terminal Market. They are mostly just a one night thing, for like, $65, I think. They had pasta making, making stocks, knife skills, etc. I'm sure it's on the Temple website.

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                                        jessicheese Sep 3, 2009 10:19 AM

                                        I HIGHLY suggest the Tria fermentation school. They have various tastings for wine or beer, paired with cheese. I've been to both types and they are educational and a ton of fun.

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                                          Francky69 Feb 17, 2010 03:09 PM

                                          Hi,

                                          I just got a couple of weeks ago a french cooking lesson, not in Philly but in Bethlehem (1 Hour drive from Philly). That was a blast !! I cook on a regular basis at home and like to find out some new recipes, especially french ones. Furthermore, that was not so expensive for a 3 hour culinary experience. Anyway much cheaper than you can find in Philly. Have a look
                                          http://lacuisinedebabette.com/

                                          Franck

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                                            Francky69 Feb 17, 2010 03:12 PM

                                            Hi,

                                            I just got a couple of weeks ago a french cooking lesson, not in Philly but in Bethlehem (1 Hour drive from Philly). That was a blast !! I cook on a regular basis at home and like to find out some new recipes, especially french ones. Furthermore, that was not so expensive for a 3 hour culinary experience. Anyway much cheaper than you can find in Philly. Have a look
                                            http://lacuisinedebabette.com/

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                                              EastPA Feb 12, 2011 04:10 AM

                                              Sur la Table in KOP mall offers cooking classes. Anyone tried them yet?

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                                                ChiliDude Feb 12, 2011 04:32 AM

                                                I walked into the store and saw how expensive it is, and I walked out. BTW, I have an apron that I wear when in the kitchen experimenting that says, "I don't need a recipe...I'M ITALIAN." Altho my ancestors did not come from Italy, I subscribe to that philosophy. Today is a chili brewing day...

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                                                Hungryin theBurbs Feb 12, 2011 12:41 PM

                                                Under the Oak has started to do cooking classes. I haven't been yet, but I've heard they are great.

                                                http://undertheoakcafe.com/Classes.html

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                                                  rsgdmd Feb 18, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                  Took a Thai cooking class with my wife and another couple a few weeks ago - excellent. Other couple has since taken another class there and enjoyed. We're going there tonight for their Friday night chef's table. I'll post a report.

                                                  http://undertheoakcafe.com/Farm%20Tab...

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                                                  Francky69 Feb 14, 2011 06:06 PM

                                                  Hi,

                                                  I just got a couple of weeks ago a french cooking lesson, not in Philly but in Bethlehem (1 Hour drive from Philly). That was a blast !! I cook on a regular basis at home and like to find out some new recipes, especially french ones. Furthermore, that was not so expensive for a 3 hour culinary experience. Anyway much cheaper than you can find in Philly. Have a look
                                                  http://lacuisinedebabette.com/

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