Have you ever been to a cooking class? They are quite the cultural experience. They can be celebratory, informative or even enlightening. Here is a secret – it’s not even necessary to be interested in cooking to enjoy one. There are also those who enjoy a glass of wine, while just watching and listening.
The internet is your guide to local cooking school offerings. On any given week, you may avail yourself of a Bengalese class, a pie crust class, a vegetarian soup class or a cocktail class.
Life Lessons with Cooking
Have you heard the term mise en place? It is French for “everything in its place”. It’s an essential element in cooking because it helps one to achieve the split-second timing required for consistent results. There is a course at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) in which Antwon Brinson, previously of Commonhouse, teaches cooking along with life skills to use in the broader world. Students learn that there is a place for everything and that being prepared is the key to success.
You can even use a cooking class to inspire your business team. A local company is holding a “Top Chef” competition for 60 as a team building exercise.
A custom tailored class can be developed for any professional or social group. Do you have a Sunday School group, a women’s or men’s club, professional organization or even a wedding party that would enjoy a cooking class? Virginia cooking classes and chefs have the resources to accommodate varied requests.
The Spice Diva has offered over 40 different classes during the past two years. Participants in our classes this Summer will learn to make bitters, ice cream or the cuisine of the Hawaiian Islands.
Summer classes are not just for adults. For the past ten years, the Charlottesville Cooking School has held a Summer Cooking Camp.
Charlottesville Cooking School employs only trained chefs with full student participation in its classes. The school often partners with local farms. Both Caromont Farm and Creambrook Farm hold classes and farm dinners several times a year.
In our region, we have a wealth of talent ready and willing to share their knowledge and add to the richness of your life.