We offer the creative opportunity to design your culinary experience at your own pace. Our evening and Saturday classes , all held in select private homes in Seattle, Kirkland, and Edmonds, are geared toward quality, continuity, and the joy of people sharing fine cuisine. We present a diverse selection of classes.
Purchase, prepare, and polish off S.O.L.E. (sustainable, organic, local, and ethical) food at the local foodie soul of the city: the world-famous Pike Place Market. With today’s Groupon, $28 gets you a $45 two-hour ‘Lunch and Learn’ cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, just four blocks south of the legendary market at 1101 Post Alley ($50 with tax included).
Just like any other art form, the key to brilliant cooking is practice. And Chef Anne Marie certainly has had her fair share: over the last 27 years, she's honed her skills in various kitchens, including a stint at culinary school. Today, she augments her chef duties by also acting as both a caterer and cooking instructor, offering classes through which she teaches pupils everything from baking a loaf of bread to creating hearty soups and stews. Chef Anne Marie also works one-on-one with clients to help plan events, create custom recipes, and perform kitchen shortcuts, such as opening cans with fangs when a can opener isn’t around.
For some, the urge to create delicious desserts far exceeds the willingness to eat stale candy and unwrap waxy chocolate. For those brave few, Dawn's Candy and Cake carries more than 8,000 molds and organizes candy- and confection-making classes that help candy connoisseurs craft their own confections. Instructors lead students through the basics of making treats such as hollow bunnies and chocolate piñatas in Chocolate 101, and delve into the worlds of truffles, liquor-filled chocolates, and chocolate-dipped fruit, pretzels, and cookies in other courses. Specialty classes investigate advanced topics such as icing, petit fours, and cake pops. Dawn's also hosts a cake club, during which members meet to enjoy snacks, guest demonstrations, and gossip sessions about why Little Debbie only wears one outfit.
At Taverna MaZí, named after the Greek term for “together,” patrons unite to share traditional Greek dishes that are reworked to please a contemporary palate. Open every day, and until 2 a.m. on weekend nights, the taverna inaugurates meals with starters such as spanakopita bursting with phyllo pastry before presenting larger plates such as the pita-wrapped grilled-octopus gyro and the pan-seared pork chops served with country-style skordalia potatoes. For students of Greek cuisine, the kitchen presents the tricks of its trade and Aristotle’s favorite knock-knock jokes in biweekly cooking classes, which showcase techniques for skewering meat and the art of crafting phyllo pastry.
Like most kids, Chris Porter had pie on the brain from an early age. Visited by visions of everything from slices of cinnamon-dusted apple pie to the no-frills fruit pies that graced his lunchbox on special occasions, he felt the calling of the kitchen. These sweet dreams finally become a reality by adulthood, when Chris decided to turn his passion for pie making into a full-blown career. Armed with his recipes and baking techniques learned from his mother, Chris transferred from life as a television news reporter into the bustling role of pie-shop proprietor. Now the proud owner of A la Mode Pies, Chris and his team spend their days handcrafting a lineup of pies that have caught the attention of everyone from regular diners to the critics at the Seattle Times and City Arts.
At the shop, Chris takes a fresh approach to classic desserts, combining unique flavors into bourbon-butterscotch pies teamed with a vanilla-wafer crust to Mexican-chocolate mousse infused with a dash of cayenne pepper. The pie guy also doles out his signature LolliPies, which stuff apple-cinnamon, cherries-jubilee, or his Blue Hawaiian flavor into snack-ready silver-dollar crusts. To ensure every bite bursts with flavor, A la Mode’s team takes pains to find the best ingredients, filling each pie with organic and locally sourced herbs and fruit.
Along with admiring the delectable pies, diners are encouraged to feast their eyes on the shop’s award-winning decor, from the wood-paneled walls and chic lighting fixtures to the open kitchen framed by a “a beautiful dark wood bar where you can belly up and enjoy a slice," as highlighted by Rachel Hart for Seattle magazine.