3 Local Culinary Classes for the Burgeoning Foodie

From health-centric classes to weeknight meals, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Love Again Local

West Chester’s Love Again Local is hosting a series of global culinary instructional classes which let participants explore the tastes of plant-based nutrition. Instructor Alicia Uhl—owner of Plantie in Pottstown—says that “great cooking isn’t just about recipes—it’s about techniques.”

The themed cooking classes, which include Easy Weeknight Meals, Valentines Dinner and Breakfast Basics, let you work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment, led by a professional plant-based health coach. “With the growing trend in plant-based eating, more and more people are seeking to learn how to cook without animal products,” says Uhl.

The plant-based menus include hummus veggie wraps, lentil mushroom stew over mashed potatoes and matcha doughnuts with almond glaze to name a few. Attendees will leave class with the knowledge and tools they need to recreate plant-based recipes at home. Ticketed classes are held on Saturday evenings through March 16.

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18 S. Church St., West Chester.

The Kitchen Workshop

Art Roman, the chef/owner at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli is offering daily ongoing classes that focus on technique and recipe sharing perfect for all skill levels. Whether you want to brush up on kitchen basics or learn the art of Thai or French cuisine, Roman says, “Our classes provide a fun social outlet while giving people a chance to learn some new cooking skills and tips. We try to be creative and on trend when we develop ideas for topics.”

Hungry for Hungarian, Thai One On, Under the Tuscan Sun and Rajun’ Cajun are just a few of the experiences that feature around-the-world cuisine. In addition to the hands-on lessons, each participant also gets to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

21 Plank Ave., Ste. 204, Paoli.

The Culinary Center at BodyX

The Culinary Center at BodyX is a state-of-the-art, fully equipped 12-seat kitchen classroom where attendees can enjoy chef tastings, culinary demonstrations and cooking classes in an intimate setting. The classes illustrate everything from how to incorporate super ingredients into everyday cooking to general healthy eating topics.

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Everyone from a novice chef to the expert is welcome to attend classes where chefs include owner/creator of BodyX, Frances Vavloukis (Whole Foods Market culinary director and chef, as well as the wellness and healthy eating coach), as well as local guest chefs Frankie Ramirez of Enoteca Tredici and chef Mona of Tabouli in the Ardmore Farmers Market.

Upcoming sessions include Teens & Kids in the Kitchen and Food As Medicine.

22 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr.

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