Summer is right around the corner, which means afternoons spent by the pool with family and friends, eating delicious meals hot off the grill. Impress your guests this summer with some tasty recipes at your next cookout by sharpening your skills at one of Alpharetta’s four top tier cooking schools. Each of Alpharetta’s cooking schools offers a variety of classes focusing on cuisines including everything from French pastries to sushi. Each school also caters to both adults and children, with specific classes geared towards the inexperienced all the way to the almost-professional level chefs.
Publix Aprons Cooking School offers guests a place to learn, practice and perfect their cooking skills while learning techniques in a variety of classes such as Spanish Tapas, Brunch Basics, Korean Date Night and Sushi 101. Take a stab at making the dishes yourself during the “hands-on” courses, where the guests participate in cooking the meal, or hang out and watch the masters during the “demonstration” courses, in which guests watch the chef and sous chefs prepare dishes while telling tales from their careers in the kitchen. Aprons also offers a variety of classes for children as well as a separate curriculum for teens. Class prices range from $45 to $65 per person. Sign up for one of the “celebrity chef” nights for an opportunity to cook with culinary television stars or cookbook authors.
Hop on over to Whole Foods Market Avalon to experience a class at the Salud! Cooking School. Located in the bustling shopping district of Avalon, Salud! Cooking School’s classes make the perfect activity for date night or a night out with friends. Salud! offers hands-on classes for adults ranging from technical skills classes like Knife Skills and Basics, to advanced cooking technique classes like Best of Thai Street Food. Wine aficionados can find the perfect vintage for their meal during one of the cooking school’s Wine and Cheese classes, offered once or twice a month. Salud! also offers age-specific classes for children, which cover simple meals that children can recreate at home. Class prices range from $25 to $70 per person.
French macarons, South American steak, and Tuscan chicken are just a taste of the delicious dishes that are taught at the Sur La Table Cooking School at North Point Mall. These tasty and instructive classes are taught almost every day at Sur La Table. Head to North Point to try your hand at Gnocchi from Scratch or Sweet and Savory Croissants or learn the many Secrets of Paella. Sur La Table’s classes run the gamut of cuisine styles, so there’s always something for every palette. Bring the kids for one of the cooking school’s Family Fun courses or sign them up for one of their Kids & Teens Summer Camps. Class prices range from $49 to $69 per person and summer camps start at $150 for three days and $250 for five days.
Beef up your recipe repertoire this summer with one of Williams-Sonoma Cooking School’s world-class cooking classes. The popular home goods retailer offers cooking classes that will teach you the techniques needed for the perfect steak, paella, and so much more. They also offer “Junior Chef” classes such as the Harry Potter Pancake Party, which let your little ones experience the joy of cooking in a fun, supervised environment. Williams-Sonoma hosts several food-focused events each month on top of their cooking classes, which feature popular brands and culinary personalities demonstrating their recipes and products. Class prices range from $30 to $75 per person.
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