Located in the historic West Adams neighborhood, Cashmere Bites’ loft-style industrial kitchen stands out from its surroundings thanks to a large, cherry-red door. Inside the modern studio, stainless steel and blond-wood counters support students as they learn to craft satisfying meals during three-hour classes that use local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Sessions typically focus on specified regional cuisines or food for special occasions, such as football Sunday or tomato-fight Saturday. The instructors also host private cooking parties and travel to homes for more intimate lessons.
Earthly Juices supports and nurtures health with fresh organic juices, living fare, and detox programs—using many ingredients grown in its own sustainable quarter-acre garden. The juice gurus cold-press fresh nuts, fruits, and vegetables that match the season into juices, smoothies, and cold-brew teas teeming with probiotic cultures. Earthly Juices composts all leftover pulp and serves each of its elixirs in Ball mason jars for $1 per jar, though patrons can bring their own jars or mammoth skulls to avoid the fee.
Patrons can purge environmental toxins or old love-letter residue during comprehensive cleanses, each customized for the individual’s allergies and personal goals and ranging in duration from one weekend to an entire month. Empathic detox counselors remain on-call via Skype, phone, and in person for the duration of each cleanse to troubleshoot as well as fortify minds with motivation. In addition to its culinary and detox endeavors, Earthly Juices supports whole-body and lifestyle health with services from home-garden design to classes on raw foods and international cooking.
Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on lesson led by professional chefs. During Cupcakes Couture, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown-sugar crème fraiche icing. For those looking to expand their gastronomic cultural horizons, the Moroccan course can enable budding chefs to prepare an exotic feast of dishes, such as grilled lamb keftas with mint dressing and chocolate olive-oil cake with orange blossom syrup. During the Sauces course, pesto unclumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Cutlery connoisseurs can improve the fluidity of each slice and dice with the Knife Skills course, instructing students on proper blade-handling techniques and myriad cutting methods.
During each class, students learn the basics of the featured sauce—as well as a few of its variations—through the preparation of four dishes, including breakfast items, appetizers, soups, sides, and entrees. Aspiring sauciers will come to understand that these delectable dressings play an important part on the modern plate, as well as the world of spin art.
Each three-hour class at Laguna Culinary Arts caters to any skill level, from expert chefs to certified microwave users. With no more than 10 people per class, the intimate classes cultivate individual, hands-on instruction, and guarantee that no one gets lost and eaten by bears during training. De-hibernate your china and entertain friends, neighbors, or your glass menagerie collection with the skills you pick up in one of Laguna's party-throwing classes. Learn how to grill goat-cheese-stuffed radicchio wrapped in pancetta and brush up your Crème Catalan skills to throw a Spanish paella party. Or craft an elegant menu of blue-cheese-dressing salad and filet mignon with blackberry sauce, ending with a chocolate soufflé ($95 per person, or $115 with wine pairings). At the end of each class, sit down to enjoy the dinner everyone has worked together to create, minus the piled dishes usually left for gnomes to clean.