We're teaming up with CourseHorse, a free service that aggregates classes to take in your spare time. This week: 23 food-centric courses selected by the Serious Staff to bone up on your cooking chops and food knowledge.
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Six Basic Cooking Techniques
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Not only a knife skills class, you'll work on fundamental cooking techniques that will help you cook meat, grains, and vegetables. Bought Swiss chard and didn't know what to do with it? Home Cooking New York will show you the ins and outs of left greens, root veggies, pan sauces and more. $100. 236 West 26th St, #601, New York, NY; sign up here
Advanced Knife Skills
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Don't let deboning intimidate you. The Brooklyn Kitchen wants to show you how to break down an entire chicken and fish and send you away with a boning knife and all the protein you work with in class. Don't forget to grab the bones—they'll give you some helpful hints for flavorful stocks, too. $145. , 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Pig Butchering with The Meat Hook
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ever wonder how a pig becomes a pork chop? Curious now? At The Brooklyn Kitchen, Sara Bigelow of The Meat Hook will demonstrate the process of butchering an entire pig, illustrating some uncommon cuts, and answering questions while you sample sausages and sip beer from Great Brewers. $85. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
Single & Blended Scotch with Cheese
Wednesday, May 8th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Don't know as much about the difference between Scotches and other kinds of whiskey as you would like? Artisanal Premium Cheese is here to help, walking you through the different production processes while you sip your way to expertise. $75. 483 10th Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY; sign up here
Truly 20 Minute Dinners
Thursday, May 9th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. When Home Cooking New York says 20 minutes, they mean start to finish these recipes take a mere 20 minutes. You'll be sitting down to a delicious dinner in a flash. $100. 236 West 26th St, #601, New York, NY; sign up here
Empanada and Handpie Class
Thursday, May 9th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In this class, the experts at The Brooklyn Kitchen will show you how to make three empanada varieties while you sip a brew sponsored by Great Brewers. $75. 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here
A Menu for Mom
Friday, May 10th, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Don't know what to get your mom for Mother's Day? Instead of your usual default flowers, let Camaje teach you how to make her an exquisite meal including dishes like Leek and Roquefort Tart, Rack of Lamb with Port Wine Sauce, and Molten Chocolate Cake. $105. 85 MacDougal Street, New York, NY; sign up here
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 savor 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
The Man's Kitchen: Spicy Tilapia Tacos
Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Taste Buds Kitchen is calling all guys—single, married, dating—to come to this laid back BYOB class. You'll learn how to cook one Jeff's (the owner's husband) favorite dishes, Spicy Tilapia Tacos, for a go-to dish that won't let you down. $65. 109 West 27th Street, 10th Floor, 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
Plan Ahead: Grab Them Before They're Gone!
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
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
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
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