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Durham Cooking Class

Cooking, Learning...and Eating

With so many great chefs, restaurants, and schools here, it’s no wonder that Durham would be a great place to learn how to cook, too! Visitors and residents alike can get hands-on experience with cooking classes and bartending lessons while also having a little fun. Chefs of all skill-levels can hone their techniques with classes ranging from ethnic foods to knife skills.

For the Casual Cook

  • The Durham Farmers’ Market Wednesday Market hosts a weekly “Quick Dinners from the Market” cooking demonstration series during the spring and summer months where cooks can gain inspiration and ask questions.

For the Weekend Chef

  • The Durham Spirits Company, located in a historic Durham home and fitted with a commercial kitchen, also offers classes ranging from Dim Sum to Pasta to Mixology.
  • Revolution, one of Downtown Durham’s fine dining restaurants gives diners a chance to try their hand at one of many cooking styles incorporated in the restaurant’s menu. Revolution’s Chop Shop hosts monthly 12-person 5-hour cooking classes with the head chef.
  • Durham fine dining institution Nana’s gives groups the opportunity to learn from highly-acclaimed chef Scott Howell in a two-hour lunchtime cooking lesson. Groups must self-organize and contact Nana’s for more information.
  • Pinnacle Culinary Arts Institute teaches six-course mastery courses in essential skills like braising & pan frying, broiling & sautéing, roasting & pureeing and more.

For the Aspiring Professional Chef

  • The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is located in the American Tobacco complex in Durham and trains Durham’s newest chefs. Students can receive an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts Management or earn Certificates in Art of Cooking or Baking & Pastry.
  • Durham Technical Community College’s Continuing Education Program offers courses in Culinary Arts that are well-suited for those who are career minded (Culinary Arts Career Training Program) and those that are simply looking to expand their skills (Beginning Cake Decorating).

Kids in the Kitchen

  • In addition to offering recreational adult classes, Sur La Table and Pinnacle Culinary Arts Institute frequently offer courses for junior chefs. Young cooks can expand their skills with classes like “Sunrise Breakfast” or “Days in Italy.”
  • The Durham Homefries Cookin’ team is a community class for kids age 9-13 who want to learn to cook with local food. The Home Fries meet the third Saturday of each month at the Durham Farmers’ Market. Classes are led by different local chefs who teach kids how to shop for local ingredients, follow recipes and perform basic cooking techniques.

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Photo Credit: The Cookery - patricia A murray/DCVB

October 26 - 26, 2014

Beefsteak IV

All you can eat pasture-raised meats with beer. Must be 21+ for beer. Advance purchase only. Adult seats are $50 plus tax. Kid seats under 12 are $25 + tax. Everything else is included.

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