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Procrastibaker Dec 2, 2009 02:34 PM

Hi Seattle 'hounds. I want to buy my BIL and SIL a gift certificate for a cooking class. Any recommendations on a good place in Seattle for this? They are home cooks-- not too wild and not too, too experienced, but certainly competent. I'm thinking they might really enjoy a place that offers an intro. to sushi-making. Any help would be great. Thanks!

  1. pdxgastro Dec 2, 2009 04:57 PM

    I took courses through BCC-Bellevue Community College but they were held at PCC Natural Market. Similarly I took a cooking course at South Seattle Community College, but at the college itself.

    Calling PCC is a good idea.

    I also found this web site:


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      icecreamgal Dec 5, 2009 04:31 PM

      PCC also has their own cooking classes -- more than 1,000 every year, and they are great. Check out www.pccCooks.com

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        chococat Dec 6, 2009 01:58 PM

        A couple of local chefs offer cooking classes in their restaurants-- my favorites so far are the classes offered by Bruce Naftaly of Le Gourmand. As some background, Le Gourmand is a highly regarded local restaurant with a French trained chef that utilizes local and seasonal foods (some of them are grown in his own garden). The classes are reasonably priced, especially considering they include a multi-course lunch and (lots of ) wine. Bruce has lots of good tips that are useful to a home cook and I LOVE the fact that the equipment he uses is way less fancy than what most of us use in our home kitchens! Info on the Le Gourmand website...

        The chef at Harvest Vine also ran some interesting classes but with the changes in management, I don't know if the classes will continue.

        If your BIL and SIL have a favorite restaurant in Seattle, it might be worth a look to see if that restaurant offers classes-- that way that can have a meal in their favorite place AND learn to prepare their favorites at home.

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          staffstuff Dec 7, 2009 02:07 PM

          Cook's World Cooking School has a very good variety and skilled instructors:

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            dananilson Dec 14, 2009 11:21 AM

            At the Table in Seattle does a fun cooking class ala Julia Child that is amazing! Check out their website http://www.atthetableinseattle.com

            Some of the things we cooked: Salmon in puff pastry, wild mushroom infused rissotto, roasted beet and blood orange salad and Julia's famous apple tartin There is an open class on Feb. 20th 2010.

            Usually you have to book for 8 to 10 guests, but the open groups allow for singles and couples to go with other couples and singles.

            The first class I went as a single and had a blast!

            1. SeattleJim Dec 15, 2009 04:44 PM

              I think they do classes at sur la table.

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                firecracker Sep 6, 2012 05:44 PM

                They do have classes, but I say avoid it now as it is Saudi owned. Yep. The Seattle family that owned the chain sold to Californians some years back. It is now owned by a group in Saudi Arabia. Mr. J's and City Kitchens are still Seattle owned. Patronize them.

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                AmandaAnn Dec 22, 2009 09:30 PM

                NuCulinary has sushi classes, as well as sushi instruction DVDs and kits.

                Other classes include: Dim Sum, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Philippine, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Asian and Pan-Asian Northwest cuisine.

                Great instruction and fun classes and people!


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                  anglemyerg Sep 5, 2012 09:22 PM

                  If you want just a totally fun cooking experience, and great fun and great food, with a bit of romance thrown in, take a short trip out of Seattle to the rustic Key Peninsula and do a cooking class where I did: Capr E Farm and Vineyard. I loved it as did many of my friends who also took the classes on ravioli making. It is a working farm and vineyard with gorgeous views over Puget Sound to Mt. Rainier. Awesome: www.cape-e.com

                  1. dave_c Sep 6, 2012 11:40 AM

                    A follow up question to the OP's...

                    Are these classes hands-on or the "sit and watch" style of class?

                    I'm looking for hands-on classes.

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