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Knife Skills Class

earose Sep 15, 2010 10:26 PM

Any thoughts on a good knife skills class to take in DC? Metro accessible would be a plus.

  1. hill food Sep 16, 2010 01:49 AM

    there have been questions about this in the past, try a search on this board. Sur la Table; Hill's Kitchen; Williams Sonoma occasionally do this in addition to some indy butchers

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    1. re: hill food
      HowChowBlog Sep 16, 2010 04:02 AM

      The Williams Sonoma people were really nice, and they advertised it as a knife class. But the class that I took wasn't about "skills." They explained different kinds of knives and how to sharpen them. They even sharpened one knife for each person. All very nice for free. But we didn't pick up a knife, and the demonstration was just cutting some vegetables.

      1. re: hill food
        4X4 Sep 16, 2010 05:26 AM

        This is sort of unrelated, but where are good places to buy knives in the DC area? I want to spend around $100 on a good chef's knife (probably a Global), but I don't want to order one online. I live in Maryland and work in DC.

        1. re: hill food
          hill food Sep 16, 2010 11:31 PM

          just got an e-newsletter from HK Leah's October knife classes are full.

          1. re: hill food
            kelly5612 Sep 22, 2010 08:10 AM

            I thought Hill's Kitchen was closed. Their website lists a schedule of classes for *May*.

            1. re: kelly5612
              hill food Sep 22, 2010 05:28 PM

              dunno, haven't been by there in a while, but I got an up to date e-mail from their server the other day...

        2. woodleyparkhound Sep 16, 2010 03:57 AM

          I know CulinAerie on 14th St. offers them, but I don't know anyone who has done one there. It's a few blocks from the McPherson Square Metro.

          1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          1. re: woodleyparkhound
            DCDeb Sep 16, 2010 01:48 PM

            CulinAerie's classes are great. Both of the owners teach the knifeskills classes themselves. Very thorough and you practice while they come around to check on your technique. You learn about different knives and their uses. Then you work your way through onions, carrots, and deboning a chicken. You make a dish with the chicken then eat it with a glass of wine.

            1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

            1. re: woodleyparkhound
              kelly5612 Sep 22, 2010 08:12 AM

              I second CulinAerie. They have a "Knife Know How" class on October 23 and it's still open.

              1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

            2. chowser Sep 16, 2010 10:36 AM

              L'Acdemie de Cuisine does, but they fill up quickly. Fall schedule has come out so check on the classes now.

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              1. re: chowser
                Doh Sep 16, 2010 10:38 AM

                I've heard good things about their class, but I think it's at the Gaithersburg location (which I guess might be metro accessible if you don't mind going out to Shady Grove).

                1. re: Doh
                  chowser Sep 16, 2010 11:29 AM

                  The recreational classes are at the Bethesda location. I think there's a metro stop near by.

                  1. re: Doh
                    foodtrip Sep 16, 2010 01:10 PM

                    The knife skills class at L'Academie de Cuisine is excellent -- I took it 3 years ago and cooking is so much more fun and efficient for me now. The class is at their Bethesda location and it is just a few short blocks from the Bethesda metro.

                    1. re: foodtrip
                      DanielK Sep 16, 2010 01:33 PM

                      I think the Bethesda location is still undergoing renovations, so all L'Academie classes are in Gaithersburg this term.

                      But I agree - fabulous course.

                      1. re: DanielK
                        msjess Sep 16, 2010 07:57 PM

                        I've never managed to get into a class at Bathesda, seems the bulk of their classes are in G-burg. However every class I've taken at L'Academie was both fun and informative. The Knife skills class is really excellent you learn how to break down a chicken and properly dice onions. I'd second that developing good knife skills makes cooking more pleasant and efficient as well. And also having a really sharp knife!

                2. Manassas64 Sep 16, 2010 01:17 PM

                  I took my class through Fairfax County Adult Education. It's one class, 3 hours, lots of veggies to chop and it taught me to never want to bone a chicken every again. We burned through a LOT of raw food :D


                  Food Safety
                  Knife Know-How for Beginners
                  HI03837 | $59
                  Prepare meals with greater ease by learning how to safely and swiftly pare, chop, bone, shred, slice, and dice food. Know how to select, sharpen, and care for your knives. 1 session @ 3 hrs.
                  $ 49 Tuition
                  $ 10 User Fee
                  Section 0030 6:30 pm
                  Herndon HS Tu, October 5
                  Rm 145 Steinbach, instructor

                  I think this is the same instructor who did mine, but I can't be 100% sure.

                  They gave us these handouts:


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