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.
After a course at Village Kitchen, accomplished chefs will inch closer to pro status, while those who've chopped more fingers than potatoes will have their clumsiness exorcised thanks to patient instruction from Village Kitchen's enlightened gurus of all things edible. Classes are held Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. (some classes are also offered on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.), while the theme varies from week to week. On Wednesday, February 2, learn to master the wok to easily turn out incredible delights such as Szechuan stir-fried green beans with ground pork. On Wednesday, March 9, discover the joys of pollotarianism with a complete tutorial in a four-course feast centered around a fennel pollen roast chicken with tarragon jus, or on Saturday, April 9, craft the perfect dessert including glazed lemon cake, custard éclair rings, or fudge pecan pie. You'll eat everything you make and get a beverage, so no one escapes hungry. Classes are limited to 18 people.
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.
At Raw Done Tastefully, certified raw foods chef and instructor Raquel Smith teaches students about the benefits of eating raw. Using her certifications from the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico and the Living Light Culinary Institute, Raquel leads classes that range from introductory demos to hands-on classes to multi-day healthy living seminars. Using raw and organic ingredients, she can teach students to craft cuisine in a variety of styles such as Asian fusion, Latin American, and Italian, with dishes such as chocolate mousse tart, curry-walnut pate, and tropical plantains.
Growing up, Katie London helped her mother cook weekly meals for dining rooms full of friends and family, employing diverse recipes inherited from her Italian and Jewish grandparents. So when she decided to share her culinary skills with the world, she kept things in the family, enlisting her father, Jeff, a former CPA, to help her establish Katie's Cooking School.Staged in a classroom that mimics a home kitchen with its residential appliances and cabinets, Katie's classes for kids and adults emphasize practical skills and simple recipes that the students can recreate at home or in the kitchen section of the nearest Home Depot. The class schedule rotates on a monthly basis, adopting a new seasonal, geographic, or dietary theme each time. Past projects have included selections from around the world such as homemade pasta with meat sauce, Danish pancake balls, and moo shu chicken.