We're teaming up with CourseHorse, a free service that aggregates classes to take in your spare time. This week: 20 food-centric courses selected by the Serious Eats staff to bone up on your cooking chops and food knowledge.
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Oysters and Fine Wine in Harlem
Monday, May 14th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Chase away your case of the Mondays at West Harlem Food & Beverage Association with white wines and fresh oysters. You'll enjoy several fanny bay and beausoleil oysters and their wine pairings. $45. 341 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY; sign up here
Sushi & Dumpling/BYOB
Monday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The experts at Taste Buds Kitchen know the secret to great sushi is in the rice, so they'll teach you how to properly season your rice in addition to forming veggie dumplings and rolling sushi. You'll learn their versions of the classic "California Roll," "Spicy Tuna," and "Philadelphia" rolls while sipping your favorite beverage. $65. 109 West 27th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY; sign up here
Sacred Gin Tasting & Custom Blending Event
Thursday, May 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starting with a sip of a Sacred Martini as you walk in, this class from Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, will have you toasting and tasting your way to being a gin expert. The tasting tour of the different botanical elements that make up Sacred Gin will include paired snacks and will end with making your own signature blend. $25. 5 West 19th Street, New York, NY; sign up here
Cognac & Armagnac: The Kings of French Brandy
Friday, May 17th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sip, savor, and learn what separates cognac from armagnac in this class from Astor Center. Over the years, different distillation and aging methods have been used. You'll taste a range in order to understand the complexity and history of this spirit. Armagnac Ambassador, May Matta-Aliah, will also teach how they're best enjoyed and how to go about buying a bottle for yourself. $99. 399 Lafayette St, New York, NY; sign up here
Shop & Cook: Union Square Farmers' Market
Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tired of stumbling home from the farmers' market with amazing produce, but no idea what you're going to do with it? Abigail Hitchcock of Camaje will walk you through everything from purchasing the best produce to preparing a seasonal meal with your finds before you all sit down together and enjoy your delicious creations. $105. 85 MacDougal Street, New York, NY; sign up here
Spanish Paella and Tapas
Saturday, May 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
You can find tapas all over the city, but why not learn how to prepare some dishes yourself? Home Cooking New York will teach you five different tapas favorites, from White Almond Gazpacho to Mussel and Chorizo Paella. $100. 236 West 26th St, #601, New York, NY; sign up here
Tuesday, 21st May, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Come prepared to get elbow-deep in dough at this homemade pasta tutorial from Taste Bud Kitchen. Rigatoni right up your alley? You'll learn to make your favorite shape of pasta while you sip your favorite spirit. $65. 109 West 27th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY; sign up here
Famous Chefs' Favorite Salmon Recipes
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
World-renowned chefs all have their favorite ways to prepare this meaty fish. Learn the favorite styles of five different cooking stars at this JCC Culinary Arts class, including Julia Child's salmon fillet en papillote and Eric Ripert's mustard-crusted salmon fillet. $105. 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY; sign up here
USA: Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie.
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The US might be the newcomer to the wine-making scene, but we're holding our own. Let Kimberly Severson show you the wide range of flavor profile American wineries are able to produce while you nimble their delicious pairings of American craft cheese and charcuterie. $59. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; sign up here
Thursday, May 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Meatless meals should never be tasteless. 3rd Ward wants to show you how to get all the spice, tang, and sweetness of traditional Vietnamese flavors into your meatless meals for a satisfying dinner. You'll learn how to make three classic dishes. $94. 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish
Saturday, May 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This perennially sold-out class takes you through the bustling fish markets of Chinatown for fresh seafood before you don an apron and learn to cook the spoils of your foraging. Abigail Hitchcock of Camaje will show you the ins and outs of both the markets and the kitchen to ensure you can confidently tackle the recipes again on your own. $105. 85 MacDougal Street, New York, NY; sign up here
Artisan Bread Baking
Sunday, May 26th, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Get that bakery smell at home by baking one of the five kinds of bread featured in this two-session class from The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts. From breezy brioche to hearty cinnamon-raison whole wheat bread, you'll have a recipe ready for all occasions. $150 for 2 sessions. 1407 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Date Night, Couples Competition
Monday, May 27th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Think you and your special someone are whizzes in the kitchen? Come prepared to show what you've got, Chopped style. After teaching you the nuances of plating and presentation, The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts will set you loose in the kitchen with a basket of mystery ingredients to create your best in two hours. May the best couple win. $175 for 2 people. 1407 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Plan Ahead: Grab Them Before They're Gone!
Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Another chance to lean what goes into each brew that lends it its own special flavor profile. Bitter & Esters want to help you get more out of each glass of beer by understanding the formulation behind it. $55. 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Chickens in the City: Eggs in Your Fridge
Tuesday, May 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fresh eggs look and taste nothing like the ones you get at the grocery store: one taste and you'll be hooked. Raising hens in the city for fresh eggs is easier than you think and 3rd Ward wants to help you get your flock started. $79. 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Thursday, May 30th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Not only will you learn how to create some unique, flavorful beverages in this class, you'll also pair them with fresh cheeses for some irresistibly delicious combinations. Bedford Cheese Mongers hosts this family-friendly class. $35. 67 Irving Place, New York, NY; sign up here
Thai Street Food
Monday, June 10th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Foreign ingredients like shrimp paste can be daunting. Let Connie Sun guide you through the ins and outs of delicious Thai street snacks at The Brooklyn Kitchen so you can prepare them at home with ease. Dishes range from sweet coconut rice with mango to savory beef salad. $75. 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
All About Knife Skills
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 24th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$65. The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here