The concept for Savory Square Bistro developed "after years of successful 'Friday Night Bistro Night' dinners as part of Chez Boucher Cooking School," according to Hampton–North Hampton Patch. This concept stuck and the cozy, Old World-style eatery continues to share an address with the culinary training center, allowing diners to indulge in rustic meals inspired by French countryside cooking, Asian flavors, and seasonal New England ingredients. For an extra bit of homespun charm, the bistro's chefs invest a bit of extra effort into their recipes by hand cutting each order of frites, making boursin cheese, and curing salmon in in the kitchen.
Even though crisp white linens adorn each table, the intimately lit space is decidedly casual. A painted mural of a provincial village swaths one large wall, complementing the room's mustard-yellow and sunset-orange accents. Various bottles of wine fill the cubbies in the mahogany-hued cube shelves that flank the mural.
Whisked together by chef Barbara Lynch, Stir molds culinary minds during weekly demonstrations. The intimate gatherings squeeze 10 students in around a talented chef, who shares tips and techniques while preparing the evening’s menu. Each class focuses on a topic, such as a specific type of food or cuisine from a faraway region, and servers move about topping off glasses of wine.
Nearly every day of the week, students gather in Sur La Table’s professional teaching kitchen to work side-by-side with other students in creating seasonal and worldly dishes. Along with generous tastings of each dish over 2 to 2.5 hours, each student receives a detailed class packet and a 10% discount coupon to use that day.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
In 1850, Portland Adult Education began doling out knowledge to the masses, focusing on English, business, and all areas of academia. Like the 19th-century horses that gradually transformed into Dodge Caravans, the courses have evolved over the last century and a half. They're now split into two categories: business and personal enrichment. On the business side, students can master everything from computer basics to law. Personal enrichment classes encompass cooking, fitness, and even meditation.
The HomeBrew Barn teaches people how to unleash their DIY desires, stocking equipment for making your own beer, wine, cheese, soda, and vinegar. Introductory classes transform a novice brewer or cheese maker into an expert with tips and demonstrations, while the online shop supplies the kits and ingredients necessary to get started in your own home.