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Jun 16, 2009 10:44 AM

Amateur cooking classes / schools

I'm curious if anyone knows of interesting, unusual, great cooking classes / schools / programs. I'm interested in learning something new, as an amateur cook -- just for fun. I was thinking about the raw foods institute down in Fort Bragg, CA (even though I'm not a raw foodist) or the Apple Farm in Anderson Valley, CA but I'm wondering what else is out there.

Any thoughts?


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  1. My favorite Culinary Communion has unfortunately closed, but I'm taking a class this Saturday at Rover's on sauces this Saturday and will report back. And I've been intrigued by Diane's Market Kitchen, but haven't had a chance to take a class.

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    1. re: kerryog

      Gabriel, who owned Culinary Communion, is now running The Swinery in West Seattle. It is about to start cooking classes and it has a website. whatever the controversies with Gabe, he knows food, can teach, and is enthusiastic.

      The Swinery
      3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

    2. both northgate (386-4283) and bitterlake (615-0227) community centers offer a variety of cooking classes geared to home cooks

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      1. re: howard 1st

        UW Extension might also be a place to look.

      2. Here's a link to "Robert Reynolds Chef School"

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          1. You can find a lot of great local cooking classes on


            If you like Asian cooking, there's a great local school called NuCulinary: