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

fieryepicurean Jun 26, 2012 11:11 AM

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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    Hockey19 Jun 30, 2012 03:17 PM


    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.
    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
    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
      JazzyB Jul 2, 2012 09:12 AM

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

      1. re: JazzyB
        Hockey19 Jul 2, 2012 10:50 AM

        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

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      dj715 Jun 28, 2012 03:34 PM

      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
        Monch Jun 29, 2012 06:17 AM

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

        What a hoot and you DO learn.

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        jujuthomas Jun 28, 2012 07:46 AM

        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.

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          collardman Jun 27, 2012 01:08 PM

          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.

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