Fully licensed by the New York State Department of Education, Allstar Bartenders Training educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning which cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. Allstar's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending. Allstar treats its graduates to complimentary lifetime job-placement assistance and refresher courses.
The recipe for a successful cooking class requires the right mix of teacher, chef, and nutritionist—a balance that each instructor strikes at Young Chef Academy. They host students aged 4–18 in weekly cooking classes which regularly change recipes while sticking to the monthly theme. They cater to individual children, school field trips, and even scout troops. They even teach kids how to make their own treats during birthday parties, such as birthday cakes that come out of the oven already on fire and ready to be blown out.
Though CakePop Chica owner Rosemary has only been making cake pops for a few years, her more than 25 years of baking experience gives her the confidence and know how to pay her skills forward. That's why she not only bakes her handheld treats for clients, but also teaches classes so that other bakers can learn the craft. Her secret lies in the way she preps the cake, which she demonstrates to students to help them get the perfect balance for both a fluffy texture and sturdy construction. Students usually go home with 9 to 12 decorated cake pops, or zero, if that is what they would prefer to tell their families.
At Rosemary’s Cooking & Baking School, instructors provide supplies and impart baking fundamentals during a full schedule of dessert-making workshops. Bakers of all levels can dive into the art of traditional cupcakes, crafting moist bases and three rich styles of frosting before taking home decorative treats in six-packs. Alternatively, the cupcake-pop workshop fuses cupcakes and lollipops, lending cake the convenience of a stick without combining it with a corn dog, and budding pastry chefs construct three styles of pie in the apple-baking seminar. Students can also paint brightly colored frosting portraits of their favorite Muppets during the sugar-cookie-decorating workshop, and both sugar cookies and pies can be crafted in vegan or gluten-free fashion.
MOPAC seamlessly combines socializing and culinary crafting in classes and singles events, where appetite adventurers band together for international eats and cultural creativity. In the classes, eight to 20 culinary-curious students gather with chefs in convivial culture-themed classes that begin with a quick and healthy recipe, easily reproducible in home kitchens, with just five to 15 minutes of prep time. Sprightly sessions often include learning native phrases and culminate in cultural activities or dance instruction, so participants can partner salsa with salsa or do the funky chicken while enjoying eats from the United States of Chicken. The schedule is stocked several evenings a week with 90-minute classes, and MOPAC recommends that students arrive in comfortable clothes, with open minds and their dancing feet on, as unattached dancing feet may be disposed of.