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Aug 16, 2005 05:43 PM

Cooking Class in Houston?

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Does anyone have recommendations for cooking classes in the Houston area (convenient for someone in the Heights, Galleria or MedCenter areas)?

I've been searching the web and found Central Market and
Sur La Table but I wanted to know if there were any other options out there. In other cities, I've seen nice restaurants host events where the restaurant will offer a cooking class or wine pairing event.

If anyone has some recommendations that would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Leisure Learning ( has many cooking classes. I've never taken any of them, though.

    Brennan's also has a Chef for a Day program ( I e-mailed them to inquire and it sounded like a great experience. However, the $1150 price tag was out of my budget!

    Good luck and please let us know what you end up choosing!

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    1. re: Grace

      I've taken a few classes at Le Panier through Leisure Learning. It was pretty good. The course was beginners course. They did a nice job in showing how some dishes are made and also we got a chance to try some of these dishes.

      I've heard that Central Market offers some classes, it might be worth it to take a look at their website.

    2. There is a school that has been featured in the Houston Chronicle. It's a couple that owns the school who, I believe, do the actual teaching. Here's the info:

      Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre
      7070 Allensby Street
      Houston, TX 77022
      United States
      Phone(s): (888) LENOTRE
      Fax: (713) 692-7399

      I've never been and I think they are on the expensive side.

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      1. re: Trisha

        There is a cooking school at Humble. Check their web site:
        Sounds interesting.!!!
        They have cooking classes for Kids and Adults.

      2. Indika's Rest offers cooking classes on Sundays.... they are located in the lower Westheimer/Montrose area. Of course, if you're not into Indian cuisine this would not be your cup of tea. Usually limited to 10 guests you are paired to your dishes,, aprons and head to the kitchen (which is spotless). Feast follows.. Pull up their website..

        1. Well, I see that the original question was posed years ago, so it's probably much too late for advice as to what to give for a present.

          But I've taken a great many Central Market cooking classes and find them wonderful. It's been my experience that there's always a few glasses of wine included, and frequently they are taught by guest celebrity chefs, who bring their cookbooks that you can buy and have autographed. I love the CM classes and heartily recommend them to anyone.

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          1. re: Jaymes

            Hi Jaymes, your advice helped me! I was wondering, though, is the CM class very hands-on? Or an observational one?

            1. re: eowynnie

              They have both. If you get the schedule and look through it, you'll see some that are only observational. Lectures and demonstrations. But some of the classes have a little "hand" logo. Those are "hands-on." I took an excellent one where we all learned to make risotto, among other things. And when my daughter got engaged, a friend gave her a "kitchen shower." For my present, I gave her and her new husband a coupon for a "Beginning Knife Skills" class at CM, and a new chef's knife. They loved it so much that they signed up for the second class in the Knife Skills series.

              You can find the schedule of classes online, or pick up a copy of the magazine at any Central Market.

              Should add that all of the classes have volunteer workers. If you volunteer, you get the class for free, and you learn a lot.

              1. re: Jaymes

                Wow, thanks! :) I'll definitely look into it!

                1. re: eowynnie

                  Here is the website:

                  In the bottom left-hand corner is a small calendar, and a search window. In the window, scroll down to Houston. The list of classes for the current month appears. It looks like there are some wonderful classes, including several 'hands-on,' but the best ones appear to be sold out. You can always wait-list, though, if something really appeals to you. It doesn't seem like they have that little 'hand' logo online, but it is clear which ones are hands-on and which are demonstrations. You can click on the little arrow on the calendar to see upcoming months. It looks like they have several celebrity chefs lined up. Recent classes were taught by Mario Batali and Martin Yan, so they get some pretty high-powered folks.

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