Stocking a vast selection that features nearly a hundred sauces, over 150 spices and rubs, and natural hardwoods ranging from cherry to mesquite, Ruffs Barbecue Shoppe outfits pit-masters for year-round barbecuing and smoking. Wood chips from alder, hickory, and maple trees and low-ash, even-heat mesquite and hickory pellets smolder inside smokers from Traeger, American Barbecue Systems, and Big Green Egg. Ruffs' year-round classes display the art of summery eating no matter the season, teaching students how to pack buns with pulled pork or train brisket to come when called.
Chef Penni Royston credits nature’s bounty, specifically colorful fruits and veggies, as the inspiration for Nature’s Table Cooking School. A certified Natural Foods Chef, Penni ousts processed junk from recipes and instead uses healthy foods preferred by any serious crafter of edible art. During her classes, chef Penni rounds up a rainbow of ingredients to craft raw dishes, gluten-free fare, or vegan soup and pizza made from scratch. She shifts between demonstration and student participation as she teaches, sending each pupil home with a recipe and a packet of nutritional info so they can calculate how many graves they’ll have to dig in the backyard to burn off the calories.
Signature service: Pacific Islands cooking
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: [Classes focus on] how to entertain friends and family with food
John Hand had a theory: for any problem a person might have, someone in their local community has a solution. To that end, he founded Colorado Free University, continuing a tradition that began with the Denver Free University of the 1970s and early '80s. Whereas the Denver Free University was created as a political move to make education more accessible, the Colorado incarnation sets its sights on simple personal betterment, becoming more of a learning network than a school. All of its teachers are independent contractors culled from the local community, and together they helm skill-based and enrichment classes for adults, spanning a range of artistic, humanitarian, and business disciplines.
Students can receive training in foreign languages or ASL, business or digital marketing, or acting, visual arts, or woodworking. The school's facilities also accommodate CompuSkills computer-training classes, which progress from basic sessions in computer operation to advanced sessions in photoshopping a ghost out of a family portrait. There are cooking classes, foreign language courses, and style classes, all of which turn out well-rounded pupils. The campus's 89-seat John Hand Theater, meanwhile, hosts intimate performances from local Firehouse Theater Company and Spotlight Theatre Company.
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From grills and smokers to classes that teach even the most tender-footed backyard cooks how to properly use them, Colorado BBQ Outfitters has the knowledge and inventory to keep its customers grilling. During classes, students learn the basics before moving on to smoking meats and choosing types of grills and woods. They also watch a demo on preparing four different cuts of meat. Stock up on grilling tools and accessories, a huge variety of sauces, and all the goods to get the coals hot, including a person to walk across them.