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Seeking Recreational Cooking Classes

bobjunior Aug 16, 2009 10:56 PM

I'm a new yorker who plans to buy the all-you-can-jet pass from jetblue (http://www.jetblue.com/deals/all-you-...) which will allow me to jet around the country anywhere jet blue flies during the month of september and early october.

I'm looking for suggestions for cooking schools/classes in major cities throughout the lower 48 states (excluding New York) that provide recreational 1 to 5 day essential/technique cooking lessons. I plan to eventually take the five day "Fine Cooking" course at the institute of culinary education in NY but want to use this travel opportunity take classes elsewhere that take a standard home cook tot he next level.

If you have any suggestions of any great cooking classes I'd love to hear thoughts.

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    modthyrth RE: bobjunior Aug 26, 2009 02:51 PM

    The San Francisco Baking Institute offers some really great short courses.


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      breakfastfan RE: bobjunior Aug 26, 2009 04:59 PM

      Do you like to bake?

      1. meatn3 RE: bobjunior Aug 26, 2009 09:21 PM

        It took a few terrific classes at Schoolcraft, just outside of Detroit. One class was on sausage making taught by Brian Polcyn (co-author of Charcuterie). Wonderful facility and thanks to the Midwest board I had more great restaurant suggestions than I had time for!


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          HillJ RE: bobjunior Aug 30, 2009 01:22 PM


          My older daughter took an entire year of cooking classes from city to city and found this resource very useful.

          Have the time of your life, bobjunior!

          1. bobjunior RE: bobjunior Sep 1, 2009 04:38 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions! To follow up, the cities I will be in are SF, Austin, LA, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Charlotte. Will also be in Nantucket.

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              meatn3 RE: bobjunior Sep 2, 2009 11:22 AM

              As one who wants to experience this trip vicariously, please give us period reports!
              Have a wonderful time - can't think of a better way to maximize this ticket.

              Once I saw you mention of Charlotte, I remembered A Southern Season in Chapel Hill:

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                smtucker RE: bobjunior Sep 2, 2009 03:22 PM

                Boston University has some very pricey, but good, one day food seminars. Classes are taught by some excellent local practitioners. Other courses I have found include the Cambridge Culinary Institute which runs a number of one day courses, of which their most popular is Couples Friday. [I am not single, but would be the other half of a couple if you need a partner.]

                And, this sounds like a great adventure. Please report back.

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