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$30 for a Cooking Class for One (Up to $65 Value)
Husband-and-wife chefs teach groups of up to seven students how to cook tempting entrees in entertaining dinner-party-style classes. In addition to the varied menus the chefs regularly teach—such as lasagna and chicken marsala—they happily customize menus to accommodate students’ cravings, dietary restrictions, or aversions to foods that start with the letter o. At the end of the lesson, students gather around the table to share the meal they made with newly conquered skills. Additional classes will spring up on the calendar according to demand.
Cooking It Up With the Carles
Tina and Ed Carle, the husband-and-wife team behind this lively cooking school, grew up cooking beside the apron strings of culinary-minded family members. Before heading to New York City to work in five-star kitchens, Tina studied the techniques of her Italian grandmother as she layered lasagna or stirred bolognese sauce. In Texas, Ed developed a knack for prepping wild game, smoked meats, and comfort fare from his family’s butter-centric cookbook. Though he’s become more health conscious through the years, Ed keeps the focus on flavor, demonstrating his know-how in dinner-party-style classes with menus including items such as barbecue brisket or wild venison braised in a dutch oven until it bugles “Taps” and collapses off the bone.
Though their culinary backgrounds differ, Tina and Ed share a passion for top-notch ingredients that elevate dinner to an art. Before teaching lessons on shrimp, for instance, Ed drives to the gulf to pick up a fresh catch. They also share a zeal for cooking tricks and techniques that make dinner simpler and more delicious. To this pair, working over a cutting board or a stove yields a bumper crop of sharable delight.