A sampling of cooking classes

mac n cheese class cookingMaybe because of the weather -- or because we just feel hungry -- this seems like a good time of year to take a cooking class.

So we scanned through a handful of local classes and picked a few that look interesting to us. If there's one you're looking forward to, we'd love to hear about it.

January 26: Travel to Puerto Rico
The first class in a "world tour" series by New World chef Ric Orlando. Among the dishes in the Puero Rico class: plantain fritters and pernil (roasted pork shoulder). Other classes on the "tour:" Greece (March 22), Vietnam (April 24). $69

February 1: Secrets to perfect risotto at Gio Culinary Studio
You might have seen chef Gio Morina on Food Network Challenge. This class covers three risotto dishes: crimini mushroom risotto , risotto Milanese, and arancini. $45

February 27: Larry's Southwest at Different Drummer's
A class on classic Mexican sauces, taught by Larry Sombke. He's been jarring his sauces to be sold in the supermarkets -- we've had the chipotle sauce it was good. $65

February 28: Cheese tasting workshop at the Arts Center
Honest Weight co-op fan favorite Gustav Ericson covers the differences in cheese from different milks (cow, sheep, goat), as well as pairings. And there will be tasting. There class repeats on April 24. $53

February 29: Korean BBQ at Different Drummer's
677 Prime chef Jaime Ortiz on how to make various Korean-style barbecued meats, and kimchi. $69

March 7: Italian dry pasta at Spoon and Whisk
About proper technique for using dry pasta, how to make an "informed decision" when staring down the shelves of dry pasta a the supermarket. The class will also make orecchiette by hand. Taught by chef Haley Stevens, who's worked in Italy. (By the way, classes at Spoon and Whisk seem to fill up fast.) $45

April 16: Macaroni and cheese 3 ways at the Arts Center
Taught by Christian Noe from Nighthawk's Kitchen (an interesting person). Check out Sebastien's photos and account of an earlier version of this class. $43

April 21: Sushi at Different Drummer's
Taught by Yasuo Saso, who headed up the much-loved Albany sushi spot Saso's. $65

If there's another class you have your eye on, please share!

photo: Sebastien Barre

Comments

I can't speak to the other classes, but I would highly recommend a class at Gio Culinary Studio. I took a gnocchi class with Gio last year and loved it.

What about Indian cooking lessons? Any leads?

@ John: There is an Indian cooking class through the Bethlehem Central School District continuing ed. program.

Indian Vegetarian Cooking
Location: High School – Room D124
Instructor: Shah
Length: 8 weeks
Starting Date: March 14
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 6 – 9pm
Fee: $60
This class will feature vegetarian
dishes with natural spices and
masalas. The traditional dishes
will include various types of whole
wheat breads, appetizers, salad,
dals, beans, vegetables, rice,
snacks and desserts. These will be
low in cholesterol, low in calories
and made with no preservatives.
Sampling is encouraged. A material
fee of $25 will be collected at
the first class. No senior exemptions.
Limit of 15 students. No
class on April 11.

Recently took the dry pasta class with Chef Haley Stevens at Spoon and Whisk--loved it. Chef Stevens is engaging and her breath of knowledge for fine Italian cooking is awsome. Hope she'll be giving more classes there in the future.

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