While the holiday season means a little something different to us all, one thing’s for certain: It’s the most delicious time of the year. From decadent cakes and flaky pies to buttery casseroles and golden roasted turkey, the feasting we do between now and New Year’s makes everything just a little merrier.
Whether your knife skills are on par with Gordon Ramsay, you’re a pastry savant, or you’re a total kitchen novice, there’s no better place than Alpharetta to celebrate the food and fellowship of the season. With four distinct cooking schools hosting an array of fun classes for individuals, couples, and groups, you’ll be able to dazzle guests with the perfect braised chicken or so-good-you’ll-want-to-swim-in-them savory mashed potatoes. Make one of these cooking schools part of your holiday tradition, and before you know it, family and friends alike will be begging to know your gastronomic secrets!
Sur La Table’s tagline is “Teaching America to Cook,” but that’s honestly a bit of an understatement! Seasonal class offerings include Tuscan Winter Supper, where you’ll learn to create Florentine Chicken along with perfect homemade pasta; Cast Iron: From Braising to Baking, where you’ll master the art of those heavy, iron pans like Grandma used to use; and Festive Bread Workshop, the sweet session that teaches would-be bakers to create a gorgeous Raspberry Snowflake Pull Apart Wreath, a craveworthy Chocolate Hazelnut Babka, and a Salted Caramel Monkey Bread so epic you’ll likely find it impossible to stop at one piece! Forget bringing a covered dish—you’re gonna want to leave these babies uncovered so you can entice the entire room!
It’s no secret that shopping is a pleasure at Publix, but the folks behind this beloved grocery store are so good to us that they even teach us how to make tasty treats! Holiday cooking classes include tutelage on how to craft the perfect gingerbread house, German Holiday Baking Classics (Guten Tag, Black Forest Gateau!), Holiday Cookies, and Cold Weather Comfort Food. You’ll develop the skills necessary for putting together everything from the fluffiest sweet potato casserole ever to holiday-centric Latticed Apple Pie Cookies with a variety of flavors in between. You’ll never show up to a holiday potluck empty-handed again!
This classic in culinary outfitting boasts a variety of classes designed to simplify the mysteries of the kitchen. This year, Williams Sonoma is cooking up two can’t-miss classes: No-Fail Thanksgiving Side Dishes, a special session that shows you how to make holiday cooking easier on yourself thanks to day-before prep, and Thanksgiving in an Instant, a class featuring how to create Turkey Day treats in a modern kitchen mainstay: The Instapot. As an added bonus, you’ll receive a gift that ties into the theme of the class in addition to those mad culinary skills you’re honing.
Located in the Alpharetta Whole Foods Market, Salud! Cooking School Classes specialize in helping people understand food in new and exciting ways. One especially intriguing class offered in late November is the Harvest Hipster Hang, an ultra-trendy culinary sesh where you’ll roll up your plaid sleeves and learn to make Sweet Potato Poutine, Pickled Jalapeno Mac & Cheese, Soy Fried Brussels, Pork Banh Mi with Sriracha May Kimchee, and a Chocolate Dipped Bacon Mason Jar Sundae. Other can’t-miss themed lessons include a Pizza and Bubbly Pairing, Holiday Entertaining Wine Tasting, Knife Skills & Culinary Basics, and tons of kids and teens classes.
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