Best Cooking Classes In DC

May 16, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: CulinAerie

Washington, DC is a food town. But having amazing restaurants isn’t enough for culinary Washingtonians. They want to expand their skills into their own kitchens. Cooking classes in DC are as diverse as the city itself. There are basic classes to teach you slicing and dicing skills or more difficult classes to fine-tune a cooking skill. From classes for kids to international cuisines, DC has classes that will fit anyone’s desires.

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Hill’s Kitchen
713 D St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-1997

Price: Most classes are $45
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., class times vary
See a class list here.

Hill’s Kitchen is mainly a cooking store offering classes teaching the techniques Washingtonians are looking for. These classes run the gamut, from learning basic knife skills classes to making baby food. Some are ingredient focused and are spent constructing unique dishes, like pierogies. These chefs have even set up a vegetarian index to indicate whether there will be meat served in class, if the recipes will be adaptable for vegetarians or if the instruction concentrates solely on vegetarian meals. A kitchen store is conveniently adjacent to the classroom, so you can pick up culinary items with which to apply your newly learned techniques.

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Company’s Coming
3313 Ross Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 966-3361

Price: $45-$75
Hours: Hours vary by class
See a class list here.

The name says it all. Company’s Coming is a small cooking class run by Ed and Jenny Fleischman that focuses on entertaining. Based out of their home, the classes are intimate and highlight many international flavors and seasonal dishes. Each class ends with a sit-down meal of the just-cooked dishes. This couple’s casual style makes even the newest hostess or cook feel at ease. Classes focus on dishes able to be prepared ahead of time, so the host can focus on guests.

Related: Best Gourmet Food Stores in DC

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1131 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 587-5674

Price: $85 per person, $185 for couples (prices may vary based on class)
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., hours vary based on scheduled class
See a class list here.

CulinAerie offers a range of classes, from Bread For Beginners to its advanced Master Series. CulinAerie even provides Couples Cooking classes most Friday and Saturday evenings, for couples looking to expand their culinary repertoire with Spanish, Asian, Mexican and other international flavors. CulinAerie’s sleek, high-tech studio could be the set of a cooking show – without the screaming chefs. Classes are usually made up of about 20 people and fill quickly. Knives, aprons and recipes are provided.

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Rupen Rao
Various locations

Price: Private weekend class – $300 for the first 2 students, $100 each additional for 3 hours; Private weeknight class – $100 per student for 2 hours; does not include groceries
Hours: Hours vary by class
See a class list here.

Rupen Rao is known for his simple Indian cooking. Classes are either conducted in the privacy of your own home, or group classes are taught at CulinAerie (see post above) or Whole Foods. The cuisine can be either vegetarian or meat-focused, and recipes can be found on Rupen’s website. If you choose the private classes, the cost of the class does not include groceries. Students must purchase their own in advance of the lesson. However, these intimate lessons provide a unique cooking experience that allows you total comfort in your own kitchen.

Related: Best Places to Buy Gluten Free Goodies

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Classy Kids Cook!
3807 Porter St NW, Suite 102
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 525-4848

Price: After-school clases – $59; Mom/Dad & Me classes – $45 (ages 3-5), Mom/Dad & Child classes – $65 (ages 6 and up)
Hours: After-school classes on Tues, Thurs, and Fri – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mom/Dad & Me classes on Wed and alternate Sat – dates/times vary, Parent & Child classes on Sat – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
See a class list here.

Classy Kids Cook! offers daytime and after-school cooking classes, week-long cooking camps, parent/child classes and etiquette workshops for children ages four to 18 years old. Classes can focus on fun treats like cake decorating, simple dishes from ethnicities like Caribbean, and classic dishes like roast chicken with rosemary. There are specially-themed classes for adults as well, like the Adult “Lunch and Learn” Cooking Class, but the main focus is on the kids. Teaching youngsters to cook helps lead to a healthier lifestyle for your family and children, and proves to be a great activity that parents and kids can enjoy together.

Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie is traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit
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