A state-of-the-culinary-art kitchen with Viking appliances and professionally trained chef instructors make the Viking Cooking School an ideal place to sharpen the santoku knives of your culinary prowess. All recipes are created by professional chefs and made to be recreated by you at home. Choose one class from the upcoming schedule of hands-on workshops, demonstrations with informative discussions, guest-chef classes, and classes for kids (7–12) and teens (12–15). The Barbeque Basics ($135) teaches pit-mastering techniques such as adding smoke flavor, basting, making homemade barbecue sauce, and properly dribbling that sauce on your face or bib. Learn animal-free recipes at various veggie classes such as the Vegetarian Dinner Party ($79), which will construct a menu with such items as eggplant roulades with oven-dried tomatoes and chèvre cream sauce and wild-mushroom baklava. Take a look at the full calendar of classes here.
As a full-body perfecting school, Skinworks and its aesthetic armada of students clear smooth, silky paths with a selection of waxing services. Improve Chunnel swim times with a full-leg ($35 for 60 minutes), arm ($15 for 30 minutes), or back ($30 for 60 minutes) wax, or de-fuzz smaller bodily tunnels, such as noses and ears ($7). Lips, chins, and navels bid strands adieu in one fell yank ($7), and bikinis suit up for competition with a 30-minute procedure ($15).
SkinScience Institute is a site of instruction, but that doesn't mean its services aren't professional quality. The aesthetics students who perform them make use of popular Murad and Image skincare products, and they're overseen by highly trained skin experts. Many of the treatments are clinical in nature, including anti-aging peels and microdermabrasion sessions. Other services emphasize natural skincare methods, such as the clay and seaweed wraps that purge clients' pores of toxins and clients' heads of "The Song That Never Ends."
Studio Soiree takes the age-old art of pole dancing and supes it up with a bevy of core-training techniques. Certified instructors kick off pole education with an initiative course required of all beginners. In Intro to Pole, students learn how to safely maneuver on and around the pole while developing elementary dance moves. Five advancing course levels follow, each building toward an eventual masters degree in anti-gravitational gumption. Studio Soiree provides a welcoming environment for students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, and most classes are exclusively for women. Reservations are required, as admission is offered on a first-to-sign-up, first-served basis.