At Whisked Away, each three-hour, hands-on cooking class operates under the spicy eye of chef Maggie Norris, who worked with mega-chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse, among others, during a post-culinary-school stint at the Food Network. Now cooking in the comforts of her home-style kitchen, Maggie conducts each lesson by progressing from recipe discussion to comprehensive prep time, leaving enough time at the end for a sit-down celebration of all pupil-prepared eats. The calendar currently includes themes such as “Cuban Influenced Dinner” on September 16, “Elegant Dinner Party Menu” on September 21, and “A Taste of New Orleans” on September 30. All ingredients, utensils, cookware, and hankies for mopping away tears of joy are provided.
Young Chefs Academy's seasoned and kid-minded instructors create a safe, interactive learning environment for budding epicureans ages 3–15 to develop a knowledge of food preparation in a smorgasbord of scheduled classes. In the Kindercooks program, children ages 3–5 eschew their bulb ovens and Play-Doh beef wellington recipes to learn the fundamental culinary language of the kitchen alongside their parents. Older students don puffed white hats and aprons for the Junior and Senior Chef courses, delving into monthly themes such as this October's spooky Halloween theme. Past gourmands have learned how to prepare refined alsatian quiches and homemade fudgesicles. Instructors inspire their students to think about everything involved in bringing ingredients to the table, from food preparation to kitchen safety and menu planning. Aspiring sous chefs also enhance their math, reading, and science skills as they measure out ingredients, follow recipes, and put Einstein's theory of handless spatula flipping to the test.
At Bake Me a Cake Supply & Decorating, bakers and cake-makers can find all the supplies needed to create a birthday-party showstopper. The store’s stock of decorating tools includes icing bags with tips in hard-to-find shapes as well as toppers and edible glitter. The staff also hosts cake-decorating parties in the lavender gathering room, where kids learn how to adorn small cakes or cupcakes with flowers and fondant.
Taras Slipka brings something unique to the cakes that he crafts and decorates: an art degree. Drawing from training in Europe, Slipka uses his subtle, classically trained touch to transform delectable French-style pastries into stunning masterpieces. Dozens of styles and flavors cater to any occasion requiring a formally decorated pastry, from weddings to anniversaries to birthdays. Leaving the actual baking and cake construction out, Slipka's decoration classes use fake cakes. This allows pupils to focus solely on the frosting application, creating lifelike calla lilies or roses, perfect for training your dog to devour your nemesis’s flower garden.
Tattoos, acne scars, and crow’s feet are no match for the professionals at Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon. Here, the staff whisks away unwanted ink with lasers from Candela, renowned for being 30% faster than other lasers, whether erasing an ex’s name or chiseling the outline of Wisconsin into a block of cheddar. The staff also wields Micropen technology to reduce scars caused by acne and chicken pox or a heavy-handed tattoo artist. Additionally, Delete’s chemical peels rejuvenate appearances by sloughing away dead skin cells.
Crème de la Crème provides a fun night of culinary education that sheds boring PowerPoint presentations on allumette and julienne cuts in favor of hands-on learning. An experienced and enthusiastic cook, Crème de la Crème helmswoman Hannah sharpened her culinary cunning by cooking in her grandmother's kitchen at an early age and later as a personal chef. At a Crème de la Crème class, students can mingle and socialize with fellow foodies while learning how to cook dishes with the dexterity of an eight-armed samurai. They’ll also get to taste their creations and take home the products to impress friends, family, and visiting satellite-dish installers. Classes are available in several topics, such as crêpes, heart healthy, eco-friendly, and brinner (breakfast for dinner).