Aside from needing it to survive, food is a huge part of our everyday lives: we socialize around it, bribe people with it and we're constantly looking for ways to make it better. One of the best parts of food is being able to cook it yourself! Cooking at home can be a fun, therapeutic experience, with an instant reward and it's an essential skill to have.
Do you love food, but cooking isn't quite your forte? Or perhaps you're a dinner party hosting extraordinaire and want to add new dishes to your repertoire. No matter what your skill set or level of expertise, these cooking classes will help put you on the track to being the next culinary genius...well, at least at home anyway.* This list has got you covered on everything from canning to pasta making and everything in between.
*Culinary genius not guaranteed
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If you love cheese, and easy recipes, then you will definitely melt over this workshop! Join the Philadelphia City Institute branch of the Free Library and local cheesemonger Alex Jones on Wednesday, October 10, for an in intro course to mozzarella! In this free workshop, guests will learn about milk, the basics of pasta filata cheeses, and how to make your own quick-set mozzarella at home.
Did you know that some of your favorite spices, sitting in your cabinets right now, have ancient roots and even some medicinal properties? In this six-week course from the Penn Museum, you will learn all about spices of Middle Eastern descent like tumeric, cinnamon, cumin and more! Taught by clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy, the class will teach the history and roots of these spices, as well as recipes to make at home.
What goes better together than wine and pasta? Join Scarpetta Philadelphia's Executive Chef Michael Loughlin for an intimate pasta making course. Learn how to make Scarpetta's signature spaghetti while sampling fine wines. The class also includes light snacks and a tour of Scarpetta's state-of-the-art kitchen!
Learn the basics of Philly cuisine with Let's Cultivate Food! This weekly Saturday class takes students on a journey through Philadelphia culinary favorites. Guests will learn to make cheesesteak bites, soft pretzels and Chinatown-style dan dan noodles in this intensive, two-hour class. This class fills up quickly--make sure to visit Let's Cultivate Food's official website to pre-register for this class, as well as their many other cooking courses.
Don't feel like cooking? Check out these other local culinary events!