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Just in Time for Thanksgiving: Reveal Your Inner Chef with Gourmet Gifts!

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By , November 17, 2015 1:04 pm

This is the time of year that everyone (not just foodies) starts thinking a little more about delicious food, favorite recipes, and unique twists on tradition.  Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce might be the first foods that come to mind for Thanksgiving, but this is also a fun time to experiment in the kitchen with festive flavors and exotic spices.

Whether you’ve been looking to beef up your culinary skills for a while now or have an aspiring chef in your life, we can set you up with some exciting gourmet experiences that will change the way you look at food. Here are a few of our favorite cooking experiences…just in time for Thanksgiving!

Introduction to Baking

Holiday season is the prime time to get into baking, with so many parties and events just around the corner. Our Introduction to Baking Class is in the DC area and teaches students the basics of creaming butter and sugar, knowing when a cake is ready, and design techniques. The class lasts about two hours and is great for beginners!

Photo credit: Sugar Daze Cupcakes via Flickr

Photo credit: Sugar Daze Cupcakes via Flickr

Sushi Making Lessons

Do you love sushi but have always been too intimidated to try making it yourself? Our Chicago-based Sushi Making Lessons will teach you how to handle seafood, wrap sushi rice in nori, slice fish, and shape nigiri and maki by hand. This is a fun hands-on learning experience that lasts about three hours and will demystify one of your favorite foods.

Indian Cooking Class

Another delicious type of ethnic food that stumps many first-time chefs is Indian cuisine. Traditional Indian food involves pretty of spices and prep time, but expert Ayesha D’Mello will walk you through the basics in this Miami-based Indian Cooking Class. The recipes you’ll learn are easy and healthy, and classes run on Saturdays and Sundays for about three hours.

Photo credit: nAok0 via Flickr

Photo credit: nAok0 via Flickr

World Cuisine Cooking Class

If you can’t decide which type of cuisine to cook, why not sign up for a World Cuisine Cooking Class and try a bit of everything? This DC-area class features traditional foods from places like Mexico, Morocco, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Vietnam. These 2.5-hour classes are split into demonstration and participation sections and end with enjoying a wonderful meal with wine.

Chocolate Making Class

Chocolate is pretty much impossible to resist any time of year, but especially when holiday season kicks in and sweet treats are all around us. Our New York Chocolate Making Class is designed for everyone who loves chocolate and wants to learn more about it. Students will learn how to make truffles, a ganache, and other treats with milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Techniques like molding, dripping, drizzling, and coating, as well as skills practiced by top chocolatiers, are also covered. This particular class is held in the Midtown West neighborhood and lasts about four hours on Saturdays.

Take a moment to browse our list of gourmet experiences in your city to find a fun and informative cooking class near you this holiday season!

Turn a Kitchen Chore Into a Lifelong Hobby: Take a Cooking Class!

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By , November 26, 2013 12:03 pm

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many of us have turkey and mashed potatoes on our minds. But this is also a great time of year to experiment with other types of cuisine, and better yet, learn how to cook new dishes in your own kitchen!

Photo Credit: Jake Berenguer via WikiMedia Commons

Photo Credit: Jake Berenguer via WikiMedia Commons

Even if you’ve been cooking at home for decades, a class can reinforce proper cooking methods, teach you to cook dishes you’ve never tried before, and introduce you to unique ingredients. At FunSherpa, we offer  a variety of cooking classes that cover appetizers, dessert, and everything in between.

Few other activities allow you to tap into your creative side while actually saving money on dining expenses. If you’re doing it right, cooking should feel like a hobby, not a chore. Check out some of these practical, exotic, and romantic cooking classes!

Basic Cooking Skills

As with any hobby, you should always start with the basics and work your way to more advanced challenges.   Basic cooking skills classes cover using the right type of knives for your dishes and how to keep them sharp. These classes also teach you how to prepare stocks, basic sauces, dressings, and toppings. Learn how to steam, poach, and fry vegetables the right way to create a perfect dinner!

Couples Cooking Class

Instead of spending so much money eating out in restaurants with your significant other every day, why not bond over new ingredients and healthy, homemade dishes? Couples cooking classes also make for unique and romantic date nights. Some classes are demonstration-only, allowing you to sit back, relax, and learn. Other couples cooking instructors will put you to work, teaching you to share cooking responsibilities with your better half.

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan via WikiMedia Commons

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan via WikiMedia Commons

Indian Cooking Class

Explore the delicious flavors of India while discovering new vegetables that will tantalize your taste buds. Some Indian cooking classes are taught privately from the instructor’s home to give you an authentic learning experience. You’ll learn how to use exotic spices to liven up rice, lentils, and beans, and lots of Indian dishes are even vegetarian-friendly.

Sushi Making Class

It might sound intimidating, but you can make the sushi you love going out for right at home in your kitchen. Immerse yourself in Japanese culinary culture and learn from the expertise of some of the world’s finest sushi chefs. In a sushi making class, you’ll learn how to handle raw seafood, slice the fish, wrap rice in nori, and neatly roll it all together. Just add your favorite fruits,vegetables, and sauces for a unique and delicious creation!

Dessert Making Class

An exquisite meal deserves an exquisite ending. Learn how to make delectable desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends, family, and co-workers every time. Dessert making classes cover the basics of pastry baking and expands on those basics to create unique sweets. By the end of class, you’ll feel confident whipping up pie crusts, cookie doughs, pastry creams, sponge cakes, ice creams, souffles, and more!

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