Forget eating out. If you’d like to pick up some serious kitchen skills, consider a cooking class from The Viking Cooking School. The popular culinary academy is licensed through the Viking Range company, which supplies many of the high-quality ranges and ovens used in commercial kitchens throughout the world. In the classroom, students can work through a number of levels, from basic skills and recipe creation to more advanced techniques and hands-on sessions with instructors. The learning kitchen is large and modern, with steel Viking appliances and a large table for gathering to share creations, swap tips or get in close for a demonstration. Whether you’re a novice home cook or a professional chef looking for some new ideas, there are classes that can give your culinary efforts an extra kick at The Viking Cooking School.
The roaming chefs of Divine Dinners provide a trifecta of services to feed their clients. All they need is a kitchen. Cooks whip up meals while functioning as personal chefs or teach clients, their partners, or their friends how to cook. They also host hands-on cooking classes at private homes or onsite at Divine Dinner's decked-out kitchen. Additionally, they offer catering services, handling all aspects of feeding large groups during special events.
In 2011, single mother Ms. James juggled a job, college coursework, and an internship, which left scant funds to spare. But she didn't want her son to miss out on the extracurricular activities offered to his peers. That's why she founded Innovative Arts, Inc., where students from all walks of life can explore everything from Spanish to French to martial arts to science to cooking.
Stockyard Grill slings home-style eats that remind loyal habitués of their mothers’ and grandmothers' signature dishes. Fuel up for strongman competitions with dishes from a menu of tenderly cooked protein, featuring a different meat or fish entree and three side-dish sidekicks each day ($7.35 plus tax, including a beverage). Mondays celebrate hamburgers or chicken-fried chicken, which comes with mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, collards, creamed corn, and a home-style dessert that will make diners forget all about their childhood Gushers snacks. Salads are also available for leafy breaks between meaty revels ($3.55–$6.95). For escaped Monopoly jailbirds in need of quick service, orders may be phoned in ahead of time.
The resident chefs at The Cooking School at Irwin Street model their teaching style after that of the quirky, patient Julia Child as they walk kitchen cadets through the basics of food transmogrification with a collection of helpful and laughter-filled classes held in two distinctive locations. Tucked away in the historic Old Fourth Ward, the indoor kitchen lets students loose on modern appliances amid appetite-kindling hues of pumpkin and avocado. The newly unveiled farm kitchen, meanwhile, incorporates vine-fresh produce and just-picked herbs from the surrounding soil in recipes prepared under the open sky. In both of these settings, the instructors pare cooking down to the essentials—an open mind, an eager palate, and a sharp, non-argumentative knife. Classes cater to a number of dietary restrictions, from creative vegan options and gluten-free baking lessons to smoked-meat sessions for inveterate salamivores. Most classes are BYOB, and some sessions are open to parent-child combos.