Boost your food IQ: Classes you might also like
For this week's Weekend section cover story, we fanned out to try all kinds of cooking, beer and wine classes. A rad assignment, for sure. We visited seven great ones, but that's just scratching the surface all of the ways you can brush up on your food know-how. Check out some additional places where you can learn about cooking, tasting and drinking. Add your other favorites in the comments below.
1789: RAMMY-nominated chef Daniel Giusti offers two monthly cooking classes at his venerable Georgetown restaurant. On April 17 and 24, you can learn about buying and preparing seasonal seafood. The $100 class begins at 10 a.m. and finishes with lunch and wine.
BLT Steak: The steakhouse offers grilling classes throughout the summer. Look out for a summer grilling class on May 8, a Fourth of July-themed class on June 26 and a Labor Day-focused class on Aug. 28. Classes are $100 and include lunch.
Cookology: Like L'Academie de Cuisine, the Sterling, Va., cooking school offers dozens of classes per month on a variety of topics. Subjects include international cooking, healthful cooking and baking, and prices range from $40 to $60. The school also has classes for children.
Cork Market and Tasting Room: Wine education has been a part of this Logan Circle shop's mission from the get-go. The four-part Wine Fundamentals series leads students through topics such as terroir, the difference between Old and New World wines and food and wine pairings. Individual classes are $45 to $55, or you can pay $175 for the whole set. The market also offers regular one-time classes (upcoming topics include Spanish wines, wines from the Piedmont and white Burgundy). These classes cost $40 t0 $60; see the Web site for more details.
CulinAerie: The Thomas Circle cooking school launched with a huge splash in late 2008. Topics covered here range from basic knife skills and 30-minute meals to complicated preparations and wine and food pairings. Cooking classes for couples are particularly popular. Classes are $75 to $85, and couples classes are $175 to $185 per couple.
Forlano's Market: Chef-owner Nick Forlano of this market/deli/bakery in the Plains offers a few cooking classes each month. Next up in the rotation: spring salads on April 19, a three-course Northern Italian menu on May 3 and charcuterie on May 17. Classes are $75; it's $65 per class if you buy three.
Kellari Taverna: The new Greek restaurant on K Street offered its first brunch cooking class last month, and beginning May 1, it will be held on the first Saturday of each month. Priced at $75, the class includes a seated brunch with mimosas.
Little Miss Whiskey's: If you're going to call your bar "Little Miss Whiskey's," you better have a good selection of Irish, Scottish and American whiskeys. (Or whiskys. Or bourbons.) The funky H Street hangout definitely does, but it goes beyond the call of duty by offering free whiskey tasting classes. On the last Tuesday of the month, John Heffernan, a trained master of whiskey, hosts an informal gathering where you can sample products from Kentucky, Scotland and beyond. Show up at 6:30, take a sip and ask plenty of questions. (There are specials, too, including three glasses of any of the bar's whisk(e)ys for $25.)
Passion Food Group: The Passion Food restaurants (Acadiana, Ceiba, DC Coast, TenPenh and PassionFish) hold cooking classes throughout the year. Coming up: a New Orleans cooking class at PassionFish on April 17, a Mexican cooking class at Ceiba on May 1 and a Father's Day barbecue class at Acadiana on June 1.
Professional Bartending School: The Arlington school allows non-students to visit one class for free. The curriculum leans heavily toward high-volume drink-making and popular bar drinks, but the classes are geared toward novices, and it's possible to walk away with as many as 10 easy cocktail recipes. The "spirits" used in class are fake, however. The school fills real liquor bottles with colored water and paint, so you can practice how to pour the right amount, but you won't get to taste anything.
Open Kitchen: Part bistro, part cooking school, this Falls Church space offers lessons in cooking basics, everyday meals and regional cooking traditions like those of Northern Italy or Thailand. The hands-on classes are generally $75 ($55 for children's classes). The school also offers a monthly class for singles.
Sur La Table: The Arlington location of this cookware shop offers classes on knife skills, cuisines from Greece and Mexico and the preparation of dishes like tarts and macarons. Classes are $49 to $79.
Uni - A Sushi Place: Chef James Tan leads occasional demonstration classes in sushi preparation at his Dupont Circle restaurant. The chef shows how to prepare sushi and talks about sushi etiquette and where to find good fish. The next class is May 19 at 6 p.m. The $65 cost includes sushi you can eat. Sign up through the restaurant's Web site.
Zola Wine and Kitchen: The mixed-use downtown space hosts a variety of evening cooking classes. Upcoming ones include a demonstration on dishes with eggs and chicken on April 14 and cooking in duck fat, butter and lard on April 20. Both are $50.
Finally, the Food section compiles a massive listing of cooking classes and schools each September. Check out last year's round-up here.
April 12 Update: The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's Josh Gibson wrote on Friday with news of the RAMW's database full of local culinary education opportunities for amateurs and professionals alike. Check out the Web site for more details.
-- Julia Beizer, Fritz Hahn and Lavanya Ramanathan
| April 8, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
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