Now that holiday parties have officially come to a halt, and the weekends seem dimmer with the cold breeze of the winter season, you're probably wondering what will be next on your social calendar? If you're a true blue Bostonian, chances are the answer to this question would either be skiing or snowboarding. But the world isn't all made up of sports fanatics - though a good portion of it is; there are some who prefer to amuse themselves with different kinds of entertainment. And though some might prefer to eat than cook, it's always a good idea to take up culinary classes, especially at the beginning of the year when you can hole up to practice and perfect those palate-pleasing skills before Superbowl Sunday hits your living room, or until that next holiday party.
Also a good way to socialize with friends or fellow culinary enthusiasts, there are numerous kitchens that host culinary classes throughout the city of Boston. From baking to shaking up some cocktails and prepping some Italian,Thai, or French fare, the city doesn't lack in its offering of varied flavors. Register with haste though, since some of these classes sell out pretty fast!
ArtBar, $20 Introductory offer 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge (617) 806-4122
Interesting, artful, and flavorsome, ArtBar's first class of the year will give your tastebuds not only a tour of Mexicali treats, but also of cocktail concoctions. Definitely a break from all of those sweets you've suffered through this past holiday season!
ArtEpicure, starts at $85 1 Fitchburg St, Somerville (617) 996-5334
With classes that teach you how to use knives, knead your own bread, and churning out your own homemade pasta, ArtEpicure sure knows what you're looking for! Their kitchen will also offer some February favorites such as do-it-yourself brunch, and cookie love-making techniques.
Boston Center for Adult Education, $45 + materials 122 Arlington Street, Boston (617) 267-4430
The go-to for adults in the city who want to take up some form of "higher ed", BCAE's roster of cooking classes sure does delight many. And with season professionals anchoring the courses, there's no end to the possibilities of their offerings. For instance, this quarter the center will host classes ranging from sushi rolling lessons, to Valentine's day cooking, to five-ingredient meals and more. Like spirits and wines? They have classes for that, too!
Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, starting at $70 2020 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (617) 354-2020
Perhaps the only culinary school in the area that offers a "couples" lesson in culinary arts, CSCA has been teaching the fine art of cooking since 1974. Their classes, though often times conventional, will equip you with the basics of prepping a meal. Expert classes are available too though, but you'll have to make sure you've mastered the basics otherwise you'll stand out amongst the culinary geniuses in the shop's kitchen.
Flour Bakery, $65 and up 12 Farnsworth St, Fort Point Channel (617) 338-4333
known for their delectable baked goods, Flour offers baking and light cooking courses to everyone - from kids to adults, from beginners to experts. The head chef herself participates in the classes, so you can probably ask her to dish out her succulent secrets.
Formaggio Kitchen, $45 244 Huron Avenue, Cambridge (617) 354-4750
Whether you like it or not, cheese is an essential part of everyone's diet. Not only does Formaggio Kitchen discuss the different kinds of cheese, but also the varied ways to use them - from wine pairings to full course meal moments! It's no wonder that you'll learn from these guys that all fine foods are crafted with the use of cheese (and of course, how to make them).
Stir, $50 and up 102 Waltham Street, Boston (617) 423-7847
With celebrity chef and restauranteur Barbara Lynch as the brains of this wondrous culinary experience, there's no question whether you'll learn or not. With a myriad of classes hosted almost every week, Stir gives enthusiasts something to salivate on every time they go to class.