Are you a novice in the kitchen? Want to learn how to chop, fry or sauté your way to master chef-status? This summer, hone your culinary skills by taking one of the many cooking classes in the Twin Cities, and pretty soon, you’ll be serving up masterful dishes for friends and family.
Kitchen in the Market
920 E Lake Street
Whether you’re a beginner or a chef-in-the-making, Kitchen in the Market has a class that can take your cooking to the next level. The summer, you’ll have your pick of hands-on classes or — for those who would rather watch than get their hands into the mix — a variety of cooking demonstrations. Want to learn how to whip up healthy, fresh, seasonal dishes? We recommend the Cooking the Market class (Aug. 27 and Sept. 17), where Chef Molly Hermann will help participants create a menu based on what’s new and interesting at the Midtown Global Market.
Cooks of Crocus Hill
For more than 35 years, Cooks has been the Twin Cities’ haven for all things culinary. So if you need a refresher in the kitchen, this is a good place to start. Want to introduce the flavors of the East to your home? Check out the Crash Course in Sushi (Aug. 20), taught by Chef Jonathan Kaye. You’ll learn the basics of sushi and some new techniques in a fun, informative three-hour class. You’ll be serving up that spicy tuna inside-out roll in no time. For the pastry-inclined, we recommend the State Fair Pies class, where you can learn the secrets to a no-fail pie crust and blue ribbon-worthy Apple Rhubarb Cardamom Pie. Yum.
With an extensive lineup of classes and seminars, home cooks looking to improve their technique have a wide variety of options at Kitchen Window. To start we recommend the Knife Clinic. Any good chef will tell you that understanding good gripping and cutting techniques can vastly improve cooking, and this seminar (Aug. 28) is a good primer on the most important kitchen tool. And because summer is the time for grilling, check out Kitchen Window’s Grillmasters Series, which covers everything from burgers and ribs to vegetables and sauces.
We named Mississippi Market one of the Best Places for Organic and Local Food in the Twin Cities, but it offers affordable afternoon and evening classes and demonstrations for those who need tips and techniques on how to make the best of local produce and ingredients. Learn everything from whipping up your own delicious homemade yogurt (Aug. 23), canning pickles (Aug. 17), and making damson jam (Aug. 27). For those who want to go beyond cooking (and eating), Mississippi Market also holds classes on health and wellness, such as how to calm you sugar cravings (Aug. 16).