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10 Cooking & Baking Classes In The Upper Valley & Beyond

Oct 28, 2018 02:59PM ● By Kevin
Whether you’re looking to start learning the art of cooking or baking in totality or simply fine-tune your knife skills, the Upper Valley has plenty of options for culinary enthusiasts. We’ve searched far and wide to find some of the best options, which include classes for home chefs, children, couples, specialties like jellies and jams, and much more. Here are 10 of our favorites.


King Arthur Flour Baking School

There are baking classes for everyone at King Arthur Flour. Home cooks and children can learn the ropes or those aspiring for a career in the culinary arts can take a professional class and even learn from special guest instructors.  Some of the popular offerings include sourdough bread, pies and tarts, pizza, and French pastries. The business is employee-owned and dons six world-class chefs on staff.


Co-op Culinary Learning Center

Instructed by food educator Lindsay Smith, The Co-op (Learning Center) has classes for people of all ages. Each class includes a sampling of the menu or an entire meal, so come hungry! Some spotlights include knife skills, family-oriented events, special holiday dining, fall-inspired pumpkin, and squash classes, and the Vietnamese classic: Pho.


The Inn at Pleasant Lake

Chef Bryan Leary of the Inn at Pleasant Lake hosts this relatively new, annual, six-class culinary education seminar. What makes this course unique is that it highlight’s the Inn’s menu, showing guests the ropes of these world-class meals. Cleanse your palate before learning about and enjoying soups and bisques, hors-d'oeuvres, fall and winter salads, seafood entrees, proteins (including sauces, marinades, and sides), and gourmet desserts.


The Culinary Playground

Celebrating 10 years serving Derry and the surrounding area, The Culinary Playground employs unique methods to make cooking fun for its students. There are a wide variety of children’s programs, including one where parents can join in on the fun. As for adult-oriented classes, cook with your sweetheart or learn how to cook for the entire family. The venue also hosts private lessons, events, and extended camps.


Leslie’s Tavern at Rockingham

Whether you’re looking to regain your love for all things in the kitchen, expand your already rockin’ cooking skills, or explore new ingredients, techniques, and foods, Leslie’s prides itself on providing lessons to students of all levels.  While they don’t teach the basics at Leslie’s, beginners are still encouraged to join in on the fun. Each class cooks between four and six items and there is beer and wine available to purchase to enjoy at the event. There are also private group classes at Leslie's Tavern At Rockingham with special topics to choose from, such as “family get-together,” “retirement,” and “team building.”


The Kitchen at The Store

The Kitchen at The Store, Inc. boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen where experienced instructors promote creativity and confidence at the cutting board and the stovetop. Some featured lessons include the art of making Udon noodles from scratch to learning about and utilizing farm-to-table foods sourced from Vermont’s finest. There are also special group classes available if you want to bring your friends and family.


Upper Valley Nutrition Services

The Upper Valley Nutrition Services cooking classes strive to not just be a class, but an experience! Each monthly class is hosted at Oxbow High School’s Family and Consumer Sciences Room and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required to reserve your spot. Don’t be intimidated – people from all walks of life can take these classes, including children and senior citizens.


Blake Hill Specialty Preserve Makers

Jams and jellies for the sweet tooth and enthusiast of all finer things! Currently, Blake Hill Preserves is offering a holiday jam cooking class, where students learn to make the shop’s limited edition jam, which combines mouthwatering fruits like cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, and cherries. Hosted by owner and execute chef Vicky Allard, the techniques you’ll learn include infusion of flavors and safe canning practices.


Alice’s Kitchen

Run by Alice herself, the kitchen wholesales pastries in addition to its cooking classes. Unique to Alice's Kitchen operation, guests and students can craft their own menus at the kitchen or take one of the scheduled lessons. There are also options for gluten-free, Paleo, and plant-based menu options. Alice tries her best to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, such as eggs, maple syrup, butter, and flour. She also offers catering and special pastry orders!


Sugar Glider Kitchen

Run by pastry chef and baking instructor Gesine Bullock-Prado, Sugar Glider Kitchen classes are extremely popular in the community and generally sell out very quickly. You may recognize Bullock-Prado from the Food Network and Most classes run for three to four hours. One of the top crowd pleasers teaches students the basics to making croissants and baking. Other popular options include éclairs, puff pastries, macaroons, and pork pie. Seasonal options are also frequently offered.

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