Cooking and eating together is a time-honored social experience in every culture. Now, that established concept is coinciding with a revived interest in made-from-scratch meals and cooking with fresh ingredients. In Denver, cooking classes provide hands-on opportunities for foodies to learn about different cuisines and techniques. Cooking classes also offer the perfect opportunity for the newly dating to get to know each other better, or for established couples to spice up date night. Plus, you might pick up some romantic recipes along the way. But if couples cooking classes are foreign to you, you might have a few questions about how to prepare for the big date. Before you call the instructor following a 3 a.m. stress dream, read our tips below.What class should we take?Steer away from classes that are strictly focused on fundamentals or technique. You’ll have a more laid-back, fruitful date if you pick a class that teaches a single cuisine or style. (A survey of Denver class options yields titles like “Summer Seafood Grilling,” “Indian Street Food,” “French Classics,” and “Italian Road Trip”—these would all be perfect for date night.) Then consider the atmosphere: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts might be better for more experienced home cooks. They’ll appreciate its high-grade kitchen, which also hosts accelerated professional programs. Kitchen Table Cooking School teaches students how to prepare familiar, accessible dishes from France, Italy, and Spain. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School offers a wide selection of classes in its down-to-earth kitchen, many of which are taught by chefs from local restaurants.What should we wear?Don’t dress to the nines—a well-considered casual outfit is best. The cooking school will provide aprons, but you don’t want to sacrifice your favorite date-night outfit to popping oil or dripping egg goop. Pants and layers may help you feel comfortable and covered. One rule you must follow? No open-toed shoes. For your own safety, wear closed-toe, non-slip flats or sneakers.Should we eat beforehand?Classes tend to last between two and four hours, with tastings along the way—no one will leave hungry. But if you don’t want your stomach growling through the instructor’s introduction, you and your date might want to head to a bar for a quick snack and drink beforehand. Denver culinary schools are mostly located in dining hubs, so there will be plenty of choices within walking or driving distance.Should we bring anything to drink?Many cooking schools in Denver have adult beverages on hand. At some, such as Stir Cooking School, a bar lubricates the social scene with cocktails and other drinks. At others, wine is an element of the class, carefully curated to pair with what you’re cooking. Just remember to pace yourself—you’ll be working with knives.What if one of us has food allergies?Call ahead to see if the school needs to make any special accommodations or menu modifications. Let your date know about the allergies, too. As your kitchen partner, they might have to be extra-careful during prep.What if the date isn’t going well?Sorry to hear that! Thankfully, you can engage with the other students if your date’s conversation skills are about as impressive as a deflated soufflé. Best of all, you’ll be learning how to make a dish that you can replicate at home for friends, family, or the real catch you’ll meet on your next date.
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