Kitchen expertise want sharpening? These courses may assist

Kitchen expertise want sharpening? These courses may assist

The vacations remind us how a lot all of us love well-cooked, well-prepared and well-thought out meals.

They’ll additionally remind us of the place our entertaining ability set is missing.

So possibly now, with Thanksgiving over and Christmas looming, is the time to consider bettering your cooking and meals preparation with a category. Within the coming weeks, space shops, eating places and cooking instructors are providing all kinds of courses and demos in lots of facets of entertaining, from croissant baking and sushi-making to mixology – and even find out how to make an Italian pasta dinner from scratch. There are additionally youngsters’ cooking courses, so you’ll be able to have the kids within the household tackle a few of the kitchen duties.

Listed below are a few of the courses and demos provided in southern Maine within the coming weeks. Some promote out fast, so we’ve included some January courses as properly.


Now You’re Cooking, a cookware retailer on Entrance Avenue in Tub, is a spot to get within the entertaining spirit, with a free cider tasting on Friday from 3-5 p.m. You get to style a choice of ciders from Eve’s Cidery in upstate New York, which can enable you shock company along with your cider information if you serve some over the vacations. The shop may also host a free cookie adorning drop-in session Saturday from 10 a.m. to midday, the place individuals can watch cookies being adorned after which work on one in every of their very own.

Different upcoming courses on the retailer embody: Maple Southern Chess Pie with Rachel Lemieux of Hankering Pie Co. on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; making ramen with cookbook creator Chris Toy on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.; and an oyster-shucking class with Maine Oyster Co. on Jan. 7.  The price for every class is $65. For extra info and extra courses scheduled into 2024, go to

Cookbook creator Chris Toy will give a ramen cooking class at Now You’re Cooking in Tub on Dec. 6. Picture courtesy of Now You’re Cooking


Get the children able to take over some kitchen duties within the new 12 months with a youngsters’ cooking class, taught by 2Gether Personal Cooks on the Jewish Group Alliance of Southern Maine in Portland. There’s a category in Asian delicacies on Jan. 16 that features rolling sushi and making fried rice, a Center Jap cooking lesson on Jan. 17 with couscous and falafel wraps, and Mexican meals on Jan. 18, together with tacos and guacamole. The $45 courses are damaged down by grade degree and held a number of instances on these dates. For extra info, go to

Children’ cooking courses hosted by 2Gether Personal Cooks in Portland are slated for January. Picture courtesy of 2Gether Personal Cooks


Going out for sushi is enjoyable, however how impressed would individuals be in the event that they got here to your house and ate sushi you made your self?  Chef Alex Herzog of Nice Wave Sushi can educate you find out how to roll your personal at numerous areas and instances round southern Maine. There’s a Sushi 101 class on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Three of Sturdy Spirits distillery on Diamond Avenue in Portland. There’s additionally one at Westbrook Group Middle on Dec. 18. If these courses refill, there’s one other one scheduled for Westbrook Group Middle on Jan. 8. The price for the two-hour class ranges from $70 to $78. For extra info and extra courses, go to

Nice Wave Sushi has upcoming sushi-making courses in Portland and Westbrook. Picture courtesy of Nice Wave Sushi


To make a correct toast to the vacation season, you might want to make a correct cocktail. Vena’s Fizz Home is providing some courses on that very matter. On Dec. 9, there’s a Again to the Classics class at Bow Avenue Beverage in Portland, with a deal with the Outdated Common and the Martini. On Dec. 15, Venas’s will maintain a Class of Christmas Previous at Blind Tiger in Portland, the place individuals can be taught to make an Ebenezer Outdated Common and a Tiny Tim Toddy. Every class is $75. For extra info, go to

There are additionally Winter Mixology courses at Earth At Hidden Pond, a restaurant in Kennebunkport, on Saturday and Dec. 9. You’ll study infusing liquors with farm recent substances and put together traditional cocktails. Tickets are from $75 and embody 4 cocktail tastings. For extra info, go to

Winter mixology class are scheduled at Earth in Kennebunkport. Picture courtesy of Earth at Hidden Pond


Impress your get together company with a extremely first-class cheese plate, and we’re not speaking a few plate made out of Kraft American cheese slices. You possibly can take a Cheese 101 class on the Cheese Store of Portland on Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. You’ll study cheesemaking, cheese historical past, cheese tasting, and cheese and beverage pairings. The $65 value features a cheese course, accompaniments and beverage pairings. For extra info, go to

Take a Cheese 101 class Dec. 3 at The Cheese Store of Portland. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Employees Photographer


Bravo Maine! in Portland gives individuals an evening out whereas additionally instructing them find out how to prepare dinner. Date Evening cooking classes embody a Jan. 3 lobster ravioli class, the place individuals be taught to make the dish, then eat it for dinner. The price is $180 for 2 individuals. There are additionally nights that includes Boeuf Bourguignon, Beef Wellington, and sushi, plus a category on making pasta and Italian sauce from scratch. For extra info and different courses, go to

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