With a mission to educate consumers on the mystifying subtleties of wine, Learn About Wine hosts more than 100 classes, trade tastings, and consumer events each year. Since its beginnings in 1995, the organization has helped more than 50,000 students deepen their appreciation and understanding of the old-world drink through socially centered programs. Wine Camp, Learn About Wine's introductory course, encourages guests to absorb wine-drinking terminology and critical lessons in storing and serving. Regional tours lead groups through various growing regions, allowing visitors to observe processes such as fermenting and picking bottles at the peak of glossiness. Click here for a complete listing of program types.
From garnishing a perfectly poured martini to doling out rounds of drinks quickly and efficiently, the experienced instructors at National Bartender School possess all the tips, tricks, and tools to succeed in the bartending trade. With years of industry experience under their belts, these knowledgeable spirits sages guide pupils through certification courses that cover every aspect of the job. Under their supervision, students learn to craft more than 200 cocktails, handle transactions, and practice the art of the upsell without breaking a sweat or bottle of 50-year-old scotch. Free refresher courses and job-placement assistance keep students on track even after school is through. For more focused pursuits, National Bartender School also hosts classes in specialty fields such as flair bartending and bar management.
The instructors at LA Dance Central draw from diverse dance backgrounds. One instructor got his start break dancing in Russia at the age of 10, and another has toured the world as a principal ballet dancer and performed with the Pussycat Dolls. In two ballrooms—one in Los Angeles, one in Burbank—they share their expertise with students, guiding groups through West Coast swing, salsa, Argentine tango, and other dances. Students can also opt for private lessons for one-on-one attention.
The team at Vagabond Grillyard appreciates a fine cut of meat. The menu includes irresistible dishes such as the signature burger—grass-fed, dry-aged beef topped with housemade garlic aioli, sweet onion marmalade, and sharp cheddar and served on a brioche bun. To create the pulled-pork sandwich, pit masters roast pork shoulder for 12 hours before sliding it onto a portuguese bun and decorating it with bacon and sriracha poppy-seed coleslaw. In true Vagabond form, the fellas behind the grill frequently cater events for all occasions, recently wrapping up an event for E! personality Catt Sadler.
At Craftdate, a group of environmentally conscious artists and designers helps visitors create unique pick-me-ups—all in a personalized but ecologically minded manner. Under the guidance of the Craftdate ladies, visitors decorate T-shirts and cards with one-of-a-kind designs during silkscreen classes, and they transform old lotions and perfumes into handmade soaps during soap-making workshops. The Craftdate curriculum includes a smattering of other options, including paper-marbling courses, planting parties, and monoprint-card classes that are free for kids aged 8 and under.