Sample. Savor. Leave with Delicious Memories. Whether you want to taste the world in internation cooking classes or just learn how to cook from the garden’s bounty, the area’s cooking classes have you covered.
Go by yourself, with a friend, on a date, or as a group.
Your tummy will thank you.
My all time favorite place to take a cooking class. The variety of cooking class options is truly impressive. I took a Middle Eastern class and a pasta class and loved them both. Kids and babies can learn and enjoy too with their kids’ cooking classes and Tiny Tasters Corner. You can also cook as a family at Family Cook Night and learn about Chinese take-out, Stuffed pizza, and Navajo Tacos. You can also learn techniques like knife skills or learn over your lunch break and enjoy some food too. Here’s their fall class.
King Arthur Flour
One of my favorite birthday gifts was a tart baking class with my husband at King Arthur. What a wonderful culinary adventure to do together. Learn how to make breads, pastries, pies, and even meals. King Arthur’s classes are fun and tasty. They also do kids cooking classes too. They fill up fast so book early.
Sugar Glider Kitchen
Um…yum…is all I can say when looking at the photos on Gesine Bullock-Prado’s website. Classes are often 3 hours long and go from 10am to 1pm. Learn about puff pastry, eclairs, tarts, macarons, and more. My colleague went to one and loved it. They made caramel eclairs…They book fast so book ahead.
Jam awesomeness at Blake Hill in Windsor. This is a hands on class with plenty of opportunity for questions. I love all the creative jam recipes you’ll come away with.
Lebanon Cooking Meetup
This local meet up hosts a potluck where you can learn and share new recipes from international cuisine (like Brazilian, Slavic, and more) This is an active meet up so you’ll be able to jump right in and learn. All culinary skills welcome.
Billings Farm Culinary Events
In August learn from Chef Ryan of the Woodstock Inn and Resort as he prepares tasty recipes using local farm ingredients and dairy products from Billings. Classes are $45 and are 2 hours in the morning. In 2019 participants learned about salads and dressings, pasta, searing and basting, French Bistro classics and more. I hope this is an annual activity. Learn more here. You can also see how local ingredients are used to make tasty recipes at Foodway Fridays from May – Oct. at the farm. Cost is part of admission.
Beyond the Upper Valley
Alice’s Kitchen in Corinth, VT is an hour from the Upper Valley but has cooking classes, baking classes, and custom classes. Learn how to make croque monsieur, homemade mac and cheese, tarts, cookies, layered brownies and more. She does cooking classes for kids too like an edible gifts class in December. What a great idea!
Kitchen at the Store
If you don’t mind traveling a bit, there are cooking classes at the Kitchen at the Store for $60 in Waitsfield, VT. Classes include topics like Moroccan spices, bubbly casseroles, classic sauces, and French cuisine. That’s just in November! You can take a fondue class in Dec. and a fresh pasta class in Jan. Make a day trip of it.
Inn at Pheasant Lake
Learn techniques from the seasonal menu from Chef Leary at the Inn at Pheasant Lake in New London. Classes range from $55-100 depending on the content and usually take 1-2 hours. Topics have included pickling, Thanksgiving fare, winter treats, wine pairing, hand rolled pasta, tea time fare, and bbq techniques. See their upcoming classes here.
Leslie’s Tavern in Rockingham
This restaurant in a quaint colonial home not only has wonderful food and atmosphere, but it also offers cooking classes. Classes are Mon. from 6-8:30 pm for $55 in the late fall until spring. I’m looking forward to trying one out. If their restaurant food is any indication of what’s in store at their classes – we’re in for quite a treat! Find upcoming classes like soups and stews, and braising on their Facebook page or website. Tapas, fresh pasta, Middle Eastern, and more.
Upper Valley Nutrition
Upper Valley Nutrition in Newbury, VT focuses its classes on healthy cooking like different ways to prepare squash. Best of all the classes are free! Come join them at Oxbow High School to cook up something fresh.
Another great place to take cooking classes is at the Cafe Provence restaurant in Brandon, VT. They offer wonderful meal ideas like salmon wrapped scallops, pork medaliions, and apple tart, or butternut squash, lamb curry, and chocolate bread pudding. Classes are $50 and if you buy 3 you get 1 free. This is another great day trip idea.
You’re in for a treat if you’ve never been to the Culinary Playground in Derry, NH. The Culinary Playground offers cooking classes for kids, teens, and adults. Classes include making donuts, holiday favorites, and mac and cheese with butternut squash. They even offer couples cooking and meal prep classes. I particularly like the Guy’s choice with parmesan fries, burgers, and icecream floats and the fall harvest cooking class. Classes range in price, depending on the topic. A definite fun day trip or gift idea.
Enjoy and happy cooking!
If I missed your cooking class expertise – do comment and I’ll add you. There’s always room for more chefs to learn from!