We offer the creative opportunity to design your culinary experience at your own pace. Our evening and Saturday classes , all held in select private homes in Seattle, Kirkland, and Edmonds, are geared toward quality, continuity, and the joy of people sharing fine cuisine. We present a diverse selection of classes.
Purchase, prepare, and polish off S.O.L.E. (sustainable, organic, local, and ethical) food at the local foodie soul of the city: the world-famous Pike Place Market. With today’s Groupon, $28 gets you a $45 two-hour ‘Lunch and Learn’ cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, just four blocks south of the legendary market at 1101 Post Alley ($50 with tax included).
Just like any other art form, the key to brilliant cooking is practice. And Chef Anne Marie certainly has had her fair share: over the last 27 years, she's honed her skills in various kitchens, including a stint at culinary school. Today, she augments her chef duties by also acting as both a caterer and cooking instructor, offering classes through which she teaches pupils everything from baking a loaf of bread to creating hearty soups and stews. Chef Anne Marie also works one-on-one with clients to help plan events, create custom recipes, and perform kitchen shortcuts, such as opening cans with fangs when a can opener isn’t around.
For some, the urge to create delicious desserts far exceeds the willingness to eat stale candy and unwrap waxy chocolate. For those brave few, Dawn's Candy and Cake carries more than 8,000 molds and organizes candy- and confection-making classes that help candy connoisseurs craft their own confections. Instructors lead students through the basics of making treats such as hollow bunnies and chocolate piñatas in Chocolate 101, and delve into the worlds of truffles, liquor-filled chocolates, and chocolate-dipped fruit, pretzels, and cookies in other courses. Specialty classes investigate advanced topics such as icing, petit fours, and cake pops. Dawn's also hosts a cake club, during which members meet to enjoy snacks, guest demonstrations, and gossip sessions about why Little Debbie only wears one outfit.
The staff at Edge of Seattle Cooking ushers guests onto its lush, 5 acres of wooded land for gustatory experiences ranging from simple, peaceful relaxation to a romantic and refined experience in this culinary destination. An extensive roster of chefs, including French natives and a culinary instructor from the Art Institute of Seattle, welcomes students to six-hour, hands-on cooking classes, ongoing class series, and Michelin-starred bake sales. Classes instruct students in a range of skills, from basic kitchen competency to how to whip up haute cuisine, and many courses focus on classic French cooking methods. Owner and Proprietor Nancy Gates-Douglas developed her love for food and wine growing up in Morocco and the Loire Valley of France, and these culinary roots spurred her to create the inn as a place for celebrating French regional cuisine and Washington-state wines. The inn itself combines the provincial with the modern by incorporating such contemporary touches as wireless Internet into its bedrooms and banquet areas, which brim with French antiques and fluffy, decorative lap dogs.
As a teenager, Katya Difani wrestled with chronic health issues that left her physical and spiritual wellness out of whack. From her misfortune blossomed something beautiful: an appreciation for the healing effects of nature's bounty. After obtaining a degree in herbal science, Katya opened Herban Wellness, a shop stocked with holistic and natural remedies for common health complaints. From bulk herbs born at local farms, each vetted in person by Katya herself, to house-blended teas that soothe allergies, Herban Wellness’s selection holds its own against prescription meds.
The store also hosts practical classes that teach customers how to implement holistic cures in their own homes. During one session, Katya compiles the ingredients for all-natural lotions, salves, and lip balms that students can make in their own blenders after acing the instructional course.
At Taverna MaZí, named after the Greek term for “together,” patrons unite to share traditional Greek dishes that are reworked to please a contemporary palate. Open every day, and until 2 a.m. on weekend nights, the taverna inaugurates meals with starters such as spanakopita bursting with phyllo pastry before presenting larger plates such as the pita-wrapped grilled-octopus gyro and the pan-seared pork chops served with country-style skordalia potatoes. For students of Greek cuisine, the kitchen presents the tricks of its trade and Aristotle’s favorite knock-knock jokes in biweekly cooking classes, which showcase techniques for skewering meat and the art of crafting phyllo pastry.