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cooking class as a gift

hi i'm from austin and looking to take a cooking class with my sister for her bday gift.
any places besides central market and viking that i should know about?

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  1. I seem to remember meeting a fellow who was the chef at a resort on Lake Austin and that they did some kind of cooking weekend. It's been a few years, but I would assume they still do something similar.

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    1. re: irodguy

      Yes, on weekends at Lake Austin Spa there is a cooking class in a bright, cheery room in the resort building, not Lake House Spa. They don't give the audience utensils or food to participate but you do get a sample and learn some near tricks! Last time I was there they did orzo pasta with pesto and Parmesan crusted trout. It's nothing to write home about, but is fun to to if you have a long stay at Lake Austin Spa. Also, I'm pretty much positive that it is only open to guests.

    2. Sur la Table does a fine series each month (I have enjoyed the knife skills class myself) in Dallas and other cities. The classes often feature local chefs. There is a location in Austin, you may wish to check with them. The particular class I took was something like $70. They offer a full range of classes here in their beautiful kitchen/ classroom.

      1. The cooking school at Hudson's on the Bend would be an awesome gift. It's on their website.

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        1. re: Rene

          Hudson Bend class would ROCK. Chef Blank usually teaches classes at his home and the outdoor kitchen if the weather is good!

          1. re: amykragan

            I did his cooking class at his house on a fabulous spring day and it was absolutely the best! Yes, the price is a bit high, but well worth it. I learned a lot, LOVED his house and grounds, and the food was out of this world...I also had leftovers for three more meals.

        2. The Culinary Institute on Burnet Rd. used to have various classes. Don't know if they still do.

          1. oops sorry, i meant and thought that i had posted this on the dallas board! i need a class in dallas not austin! i'll re-post!

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            1. re: hungryfoodie

              Still a great topic for those of us who'd dig one in Austin. Anyone try a class at Whole Foods? Every now and then I'll see a class meeting there and feel a little jealous.

              1. re: bubbleboy79

                I've taken about 20 classes at Whole Foods and have really enjoyed them. I always learn a lot & eat well. I've taken 5 at Central Market & like them also. If someone is just starting to cook I highly recommend a knife skills class. For the more advanced even something menacing-sounding such as puffed pastry or sauces are approachable but remember to take notes on the recipe sheets provided as often the teachers add hints & techniques not printed on them. Both places allow taking photos.

                1. re: chascates

                  Thanks, chascates, I had no clue classes would be so popular at both. And, thanks to chidora's link, I'll hopefully be taking a knife skills class before mid April.

                  Also, links to Central Market's schedule: http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.co...
                  and Whole Foods' schedule: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store...

            2. The Culinary Academy of Austin offers informal classes. They have scheduled a knife skills class for March 13. Space is limited, you can register here:


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              1. re: chidora

                thanks for posting...
                i didn't know they did that, and am looking forward to taking some classes.

              2. in case anyone is interested, pure luck has some spring classes.


                Workshop 3: March 11, 12, 13
                Workshop 4: March 18, 19, 20

                Pure Luck Cheesemaking Workshops are held in the spring and in the fall of most years. If you are unable to attend our current workshop please rest assured that there will be more workshops in the spring and beyond!

                Pure Luck Cheesemaking Workshops are led by sisters Amelia and Gitana Sweethardt. All participants will make and take home their own cheeses, including Chevre, Feta, Del Cielo, and Ste. Maure. From milking a goat to wrapping your finished cheese, we will cover basic cheesemaking techniques, dairy goat care, and sanitation practices.
                Our goal for each workshop is to ensure that by the end of the weekend we have not only covered our basic materials, but that each participant gets what they came for as well. As each person’s expectations and experience are unique, this makes each workshop a one of a kind experience for all of us. We hope you come with all of your questions and interests at the forefront.

                What do I need to know about cheesemaking to attend a Pure Luck Workshop?
                These workshops are appropriate for all levels of cheesemakers, whether you have already been scooping curd or have never yet attempted cheesemaking. The detail and level of instruction is really tailored to the individual participants. Common workshop participants include professional chefs, home brewers, cheese eaters and fans, homemakers, modern homesteaders, farmers, friends, co-workers, husband and wife teams, sisters, cheesemongers, do-it-yourselfers of all types, scientists, and goat lovers …..

                What is the Workshop schedule?
                Our Workshops run from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. We begin at 3:00 pm on Friday, and finish at 6:30 pm. Saturday runs from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Sunday runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. These times are fairly accurate, but may vary slightly depending on the exact timing of each workshop. Please note: we do not have any accommodations at the Farm, but we can give you a list of local places to stay.

                How much does a Workshop cost? How many people are in Workshop?
                There will be a maximum of 12 attendees per workshop. Spaces are limited due to the very hands-on nature of the workshop and limited space in the cheese plant. The workshop fee is $395 per person.