The DC restaurant scene is known for being as diverse as the city itself, so it’s no surprise that Washington DC cooking classes cover just as much culinary ground. Spend a romantic date night learning to cook Thai specialties such as roasted duck, or grab a group of friends and spend an afternoon baking candy-colored macarons. Cooking classes in Maryland include recreational courses at L’Academie de Cuisine. It was originally founded as a place to learn classic French techniques, but today’s students are just as likely to be cooking Moroccan tagines, or traditional paella and flan during the Hola Spain! course. The Art Institute of Washington also features a diverse course menu—learn to cook everything from handmade pastas to from-scratch kung pao chicken.

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