Looking to improve your skills in the kitchen, plan a creative date or give a not-so-subtle hint to a loved one about their cooking? Taking a cooking class can be a fun activity and a way to learn something new.
Atlanta has a number of cooking schools for all levels of cooks. You can take classes in anything from baking to pasta making or learn about foods from other parts of the world. Many of the classes are very affordable. Most cooking schools offer both one-time classes and also an option to take a series of classes to learn more advanced techniques.
Cooking classes are the perfect solution for a girl's night out in Atlanta or a fun, interactive date.
Located at Irwin Street Market in Inman Park, Irwin Street Cooks caters to all levels of cooking skills and has a wide variety of classes available. Trust me when I say that they are patient teachers (I learned I was not so skilled at making homemade pasta), and they will be right there by your side coaching you throughout your class. The groups are fairly small, maxing out at about 18 people, so there's lots of personalized attention. These are also very hands-on classes, unlike some schools that take a demonstration type approach.
From pasta to soups to Indian Food, choose from a bunch of different class types. There are also several classes focused on healthy eating. Irwin Street Cooks is a fairly new school on the scene, and they are open to special requests for classes as well.
Most one-time classes are about $60 and some more advanced courses cost a bit more. You get to sit down with your new friends and enjoy the meal you cooked after class.
Up in Sandy Springs you'll find Hal's Kitchen (perhaps a play on a popular reality show?), a bright and shiny new cooking school with classes for all ages. Hal's Kitchen has a culinary boot camp series to take you all the tricks of the trade, or lots of single classes to choose from. They focus on making cooking fun.
Some of their unique options include Ladies Night classes on Thursdays, Date Night classes, and cheeky themes like "Superbowl Dinner" or "Happy Birthday Mr. President" (JFK's birthday dinner recreated) for President's Day. You can even learn to make sushi with guest chefs from local sushi bars!
Hal's Kitchen also has classes and camps for kids. They can host private children's birthday parties for your junior chefs!
Perhaps the ultimate foodie cooking class, rub elbows with Atlanta culinary rock star Kevin Rathbun in a intimate, three-hour small group class. These are for serious fans and food junkies, and they come with a $400 price tag. The cost of the class includes cooking instruction, a four-course meal with wine pairings (you get to invite a guest to dinner as well) and a Rathbun's "logo item." It's really not a bad value considering you get dinner and wine for two at a pretty classy joint - but it's quite an investment if, say, a couple wants to take the class together.
Classes are popular - they sell out every year! They go on sale each fall on October 1, and they sell the classes for the entire upcoming year. You can keep up with Rathbun's on Facebook or join their mailing list to stay on top of the on-sale date.