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Amateur cooking classes / schools

fredamoon Jun 16, 2009 10:44 AM

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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    kerryog Jun 17, 2009 12:08 PM

    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
      cocktailhour May 11, 2010 12:30 PM

      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

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      howard 1st Jun 18, 2009 09:33 AM

      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
        babette feasts Jun 18, 2009 08:15 PM

        UW Extension might also be a place to look.

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        Cosby Jun 18, 2009 04:59 PM

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


        1. daryn May 6, 2010 07:20 PM

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


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


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            libstewart May 7, 2010 01:14 PM

            Primo Grill in Tacoma has classes.

            Primo Grill
            601 S Pine St Ste 102, Tacoma, WA 98405

            1. dave_c May 10, 2010 12:33 PM

              Sea Breeze Farms offers a butchery and charcuterie class.

              I just found out about it, but it looks like that last class was in April.
              I don't know what the next class will be held, maybe later on in the year after some of the piglets are old enough?


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                dawgfood May 11, 2010 04:59 PM

                What a good idea... I would love to find a soup class locally.

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