Nervously preparing for holiday entertaining? Need to brush up on skill sets in order to impress guests? Local cooking schools are here to help, collectively serving up attractive courses through November that feature everything from Thanksgiving dishes, cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres, and even, hitting the kitchen with kids. Our top picks for seasonal classes below.
Cocktails and Crafts at Terrain at Styer’s: On Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6–8 p.m., join the talented Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine for a festive evening of cocktails and crafts. Lowe will guide guests through seasonal craft projects, and the folky Glen Mills’ hub will mix up one of his favorite Norwegian cocktails. Reservations are required; cost is $25. Visit shopterrain.com.
Fancy Fast Hors d’Oeuvres for Entertaining at Ketmala Kitchen: On Friday, Nov. 15, from 7–9:30 p.m., West Chester-based culinary instructor Ketmala Phoumalavong is holding an entertaining-themed course where she’ll educate guests on how to prepare crowd-pleasing small plates that’ll be forever memorable to party-goers. Reservations required. Visit ketmalaskitchen.com.
Thanksgiving Prep at Kitchen Workshop: Time’s ticking to prep the best Thanksgiving spread yet, so hit Paoli’s Kitchen Workshop for a seminar on appetizers and desserts, since the beginnings and ends of feasts are always the most important. Class runs Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Reservations are required; cost is $59. Visit kitchen-workshop.com.
Thanksgiving Leftover Magic at Kitchen Workshop: Just when you thought you couldn’t eat another turkey sandwich, Kitchen Workshop debuts a fun-filled Black Friday event on Nov. 29, 6–9 p.m., educating attendees how to transform leftovers into game-changing meals. Reservations are required; cost is $25. Visit kitchen-workshop.com.
Real Cooking for Kids at COOK Philly: Acclaimed chef George Sabatino takes over the Rittenhouse Square kitchen for one afternoon only with his food-loving stepson/food blogger, Jett, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Together, the educated duo invite 7–12 year olds who like to cook and want to enhance their kitchen crafts. The hands-on menu will highlight simple and healthy options that your kids could recreate at home, like pasta salad with crunchy veggies, mini flatbreads with fresh toppings, and pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling. Reservations are required; cost is $95. Visit shop.audreyclairecook.com.