Food, specifically a home-cooked meal, is the centerpiece of most cultural events and special occasions. It’s the gathering of families at the end of the day. It’s a holiday feast. It’s preparing and serving a meal to someone less fortunate than yourself. It also happens to be one of those rare subjects in which there is always something to learn. Cooking classes can teach you the basics and spur your imagination. Thankfully, there are classes offered all across Atlanta for everyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran.
Located in Brookhaven, Hal’s Kitchen is the brainchild of local cooking and entertaining expert, Cyndi Sterne. She’s created her niche by focusing on corporate team building and private events. Clients include Coca-Cola, The Home Depot and Cox Communications as well as medical and dental offices and financial institutions. You might consider hosting your next private event there. You’re hard pressed to find a more unique baby or bridal shower venue. Hal's also offers a slew of adult cooking classes to help you become a “Cultured Cook.” These classes include Knife Skills; Stocks, and Soups; Dry Heat and Meat; Mother's and Other's Day Brunch; Multicultural Thanksgiving; and Global Holiday Cuisine.
On Nov. 29 and Dec. 3 join Serenbe’s resident chef, Matt Adolfi, as he leads a hands-on Holiday Cooking Class in preparing food gifts for the holiday season. The class runs 90 minutes, and guests will take home a recipe packet of the menu items used. Once a month, from April through December, Serenbe offers Right Off The Farm: Seasonal Cooking Classes. These hands-on classes last from 90 minutes to two hours and cost $40 per person. Participants are offered the $5 resident special for wine tastings at The General Store after class is finished (usually $10), and each attendee will take away a recipe card with wine pairings and a custom apron.
Sur La Table
For [nearly] daily professional cooking classes, visit Sur La Table located within Phipps Plaza. Classes are typically priced at $69 but rumor has it that this week’s classes are marked 50-percent off. On Nov. 21 Sur La Table partners with Bon Appétit Magazine for a two-hour Thanksgiving Essentials class. Other fun classes this month include Fabulous Fall Macaroons, Croissants from Scratch, Vegetarian Holiday Favorites, Authentic Thai from Scratch and Holiday Tamales.
The Cooking School at Irwin Street Cooks
The Cooking School located in Irwin Street Market is the perfect atmosphere for a fun date night cooking class. The school even offers classes titled Cooking for Two: Couple's Cooking Class and Date Night. Learn to make hand-rolled pasta from scratch along with homemade sauce in Pastabilities… with Sauce or explore other international flavors such as Greek and Mexican. Classes are also available for Paleo and vegan diets. And we can’t forget dessert! Make ice cream with Jake [of the famous Jake’s Ice Cream] and prepare your own four-inch white chocolate cheesecake. Great news? You can BYOA (alcohol) to any of these classes. Cheers!
The Cook’s Warehouse
Three locations in Atlanta including Decatur, East Cobb and Midtown offer a plethora of classes for adults, starting at $45. Upcoming classes include Simple Abundance: A Southern Thanksgiving; Grain Free Baking; Vegetarian Holiday Appetizers; Girls Night Out: Keeping it Light for the Holidays; and Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining. Cook's Warehouse also offers a basics class called Knife Skills 101. Children (ages 10+) can participate in Gingerbread Houses - A Hands On Holiday Workshop, and on Nov, 29 children, ages 5+ can decorate sugar cookies in the store for free.
Joleen Pete is a Southern California transplant, living and loving it in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their toddler son. On the weekends, they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography, and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.