School may be out for the summer, but you can still register for classes at some of your favorite restaurants. There you can hone your cooking chops, enrich your understanding of gourmet culture, and enjoy memorable bites and sips. Check out these five restaurant cooking classes starting soon.
La Scuola Culinaria at Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, New Hampshire
Details: This installment in a series from executive chef Amanda Palmer focuses on how to make ricotta gnocchi complemented by a wine tasting. The class begins with a stem of prosecco and crostini, features hands-on instruction, and ends with a gift bag filled with cookies and recipe cards.
Date: June 13 at 6:30PM.
Cost: $85 per person.
Register: Purchase tickets online.
Grilling with a Master at SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas, Nevada
Details: Executive chef and author of The New American Steakhouse Cookbook David Walzog teaches this outdoors cookout class followed by lunch. The class covers how to select the right cuts, seasoning, and achieving the perfect char.
Date: June 15 at 1PM.
Cost: $150 per person.
Register: Call 702-770-7070 or purchase tickets online.
Summer in Sicily at Urbana, Washington, D.C.
Details: Prepare a summery Sicilian feast, which you’ll enjoy along with wine pairings. Head home with takeaway treats and the recipes.
Date: June 24.
Cost: $55 per person.
Register: Email Abbe.Gould@UrbanaDC.com or call 202-956-6650.
French Classics at Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook, Illinois
Details: Learn how to make a three-course meal: steamed artichokes with shaved vegetables and lemon-dijon vinaigrette, spring vegetable pasta, and peach tarte tatin. Enjoy each dish for lunch, along with French wines. Each guest leaves with a recipe booklet so they can recreate the experience at home.
Date: June 24 at 10AM.
Cost: $55 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Register: Call 630-472-1900.
Sake Education and Tasting at Yuzuki Japanese Eatery, San Francisco, California
Details: Gather six or more friends for a 1 ½ hour private class about sake, which includes samples and otsumami (snacks).
Date: Your preference.
Cost: $55 per person.
Register: Email Yoshi at Yoshi@yuzukisf.com.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Christina Slaten (Mon Ami); Jeff Green (SW Steakhouse).