Rubs or sauces. Wood or charcoal. Chicken or ribs. There are lots of choices when it comes to barbecue, and the pit masters at California BBQ Institute are experts in them all. The masters, who including restaurant owners and barbecue-competition champions, lead immersive classes, during which they teach participants the step-by-step process of creating exceptional barbecue. All of these sessions end in a lunch, which serves as a celebration of the class's accomplishments and California BBQ Institute's larger mission. The nonprofit donates its proceeds to children’s charities throughout California, and they're careful not to get any sauce on the checks.
Art can be made anywhere and the professional artists of Painting & Vino prove this every week with pop-up painting-and-wine classes held at wine bars, restaurants, and other locations conducive to creativity and socializing. Over drinks and conversation, participants learn to create a different painting during each session, whether its a painting of the teacher's own design or a Master work by artists such as Van Gogh or Picasso. Instructors go over the paintings step-by-step and pepper in trivia about the piece's history, which students can then recite to calm down angry animals. Classes include all supplies, such as canvases, paints, brushes, and aprons.
Flat-screen TVs and a high-quality stereo system are just frosting at The Workout, a boutique fitness studio. The main appeal: LifeStride treadmills, LifeFitness cross trainers, Tectrix steppers, and other brand-name cardio and weight-training equipment. Trainers focus on one-on-one sessions, but also lead group fitness classes including spinning, power yoga, and kickboxing and judo for kids.
The instructors at Canvas, Paint and Wine, Oh My! edify budding artists in their spirited 2.5-hour workshops, which yield canvas-and-acrylic images of sunsets, cresting waves, death-metal album covers, and other pleasant images. In classes often held at Luggatti's Italian Grill, teachers help guide students' brushes across the canvas with step-by-step instruction as students imbibe wine and absorb appetizers.
At Newen Wellness, plants are the foundation of a healthy diet. The team encourages clients to eat plant-based meals, easing the transition with hands-on cooking classes that impart general nutrition principles, as well as tips for whipping up satisfying meals with fruits and veggies. Newen's comprehensive wellness plans blend these classes with other health services, such as one-on-one nutrition coaching and medical evaluations.