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Cooking Classes in NOLA? Are they worth the time & money?

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This will be my first trip to NOLA and I absolutely love to cook and entertain (I think part of my soul is Sourhern)! I was interested in taking a private (1-on-1) cooking class (there's several cooking schools that offer this, google it) but am wondering if it's worth the FOUR HOURS & MONEY!

Thank you for your suggestions!

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  1. Tourist who have taken them have generally reported being satisfied with the experience. But most of these have been group classes so it may be part social experience.

    Personally, when I delve into a different cuisine or food prep process I end up looking for an on-line video to help with what I have read in cook books.

    1. we went to a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking a few years ago. We had a great time - it was a group "class"/cooking dmonstration/lunch. We got copies of the recipes, tips and tricks to make them great, and then got to eat the results at the end. We still use the recipes and tips from that class.

      1. I would second the good time and learnings at the NO School of cooking. It is not "hands on".

        DO IT!

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        1. re: dj715

          +3...We've been twice and were fortunate enough to get Michael each time.

          What a hoot and you DO learn.

        2. http://www.neworleansschoolofcooking....

          New Orleans School of Cooking is fun, a bit touristy to say the least, but can't beat a couple of Abita's while having a nice run through some NOLA staples. Price is right and it is done well.
          http://crescentcitycooks.com/
          Crescent City cooks in Riverwalk was also fun but we liked the School of Cooking better.

          But the best experience is The New Orleans Cooking Experience
          http://www.neworleanscookingexperienc...
          We are going again in July and Frank Brigsten (who is one of a rotating group of chefs) will be talking and cooking for 8 or so of us. 3 hours of talk, food and wine. Judy who runs it is top notch and there are few experiences like this.

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          1. re: Hockey19

            Other than a nice time, is there a benefit for someone with advanced cooking skills?

            1. re: JazzyB

              The $30 -$40 classes are 40 -50 people in a room watching a cooking demonstration. NOCE is 8 people sharing conversation, wine, great food, and their cooking experiences hosted by one of the leading chef.restranteurs sharing his/hers. It comes at a cost- no doubt, but you would have to decide the value.

              Thu. July 19, 2012, 5:30 Dinner Class
              Here is the class we will be having in a few weeks.

              Frank Brigtsen
              Crab & Corn Soup
              Paneed Veal Parmesan
              Spaghetti Bordelaise
              Champagne Vanilla Zabaglione with Summer Melons and Berries

              Here are some others
              Fri. July 13, 2012, 5:30 Dinner Class
              Poppy Tooker
              Shrimp Ravigote
              Seafood Gumbo
              Trout Pecan Meuniere
              Bananas Foster

              Fri. July 6, 2012, 5:30 Dinner Class
              Chiqui Collier
              Shrimp with White Remoulade over Creole Tomatoes
              Crab & Corn Bisque
              Chicken a la Bonne Femme
              Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce