Take a Cooking Class on Your Next Trip

One of the best ways to learn more about a new destination is via your belly, and one way to learn more about local tastes and flavors is by taking a cooking class. Most U.S. and many international cities are home to cooking schools where you can drop in for a mini-workshop or two. Not only will you add some more recipes to your repertoire, but you’ll also have a chance to meet some locals while enjoying new dishes and drinks. Here are cooking schools in five U.S. cities to get you started.

5 Schools Across the U.S. to Help You Plan a Cooking Trip

Chicago: The Chopping Block

4747 N Lincoln Ave.

(773) 472-6700

Located in a charming north side neighborhood, the Chopping Block offers a myriad of cooking classes on everything from basic knife skills to backyard barbecuing. Chef spotlight classes highlight local Chicago chefs’ talents, passions and personal favorite recipes, while the Wine and Dine series will have you cooking in small groups then enjoying the fruits of your labor over a glass of wine. Review their online calendar to find and register for a class that’s convenient for you.

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New York City: La Scuola di Eataly

200 5th Ave.

(212) 229-2560

New York City’s emporium of all things Italian is also host to a cooking school where participants can learn the secrets behind their favorite Eataly dishes. Renowned Chef Lidia Bastianich has handcrafted a class selection where you can learn how to stir up a tasty risotto, how to crank out fresh pasta, and how to pair wines with it all.

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New Orleans: New Orleans School of Cooking

524 St Louis St.

(800) 237-4841

Explore the fun and folklore of Louisiana cooking at the New Orleans School of Cooking, a Creole and Cajun-focused cooking school located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800’s in the French Quarter. Learn how to prepare specialties such as jambalaya, gumbo and étoufée with the help of the school’s expert Southern chefs.

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Los Angeles: Spork Vegan Cooking classes

7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood

(323) 512-5544

Spork Foods is a Los Angeles-based gourmet vegan food company owned and operated by two sisters. The in-house school offers vegan cooking classes that emphasize organic, local, and seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll love these fun classes that will help you transform your favorite dishes using healthier, plant-based alternatives.

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San Antonio: Culinary Institute of America San Antonio

312 Pearl Parkway

(210) 554-6400

Nestled among restored 19th century buildings once part of the Pearl Brewery, the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio offers evening and weekend cooking and wine classes for budding gourmets. The Boot Camps are perfect if you’re looking to hone your basic kitchen skills, while the Wine Exploration classes will teach you how to take a meal from everyday to extraordinary with wine and beer pairings. Be sure to dine at the on-site student-run restaurant Nao, which features Latin American inspired flavors.

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Know Before You Go

  • Chicago’s nickname is “The Windy City.”
  • Make sure to visit Millennium Park so that you can see the world-famous Bean!
  • Avoid visiting in the winter if you aren’t a fan of cold weather! The weather warms up around May.

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