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 Cookery, Durham’s culinary incubator, offers culinary workshops in its recently renovated Front Room.
- 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.
- Sur La Table, the cookware store at The Streets at Southpoint offers almost-daily cooking classes from its store, covering multiple topics and global cuisine.
- 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.
Photo Credit: The Cookery - patricia A murray/DCVB
An evening of fun-filled musical offerings for the whole family including holiday inspired works by Copeland, Stravinsky, Saint Saëns and Williams. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, creator of giant puppets, masks and shadow plays joins the DSO in staged performances of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette and Stravinsky's Infernal Dance of King Katschei from the Firebird Suite. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks, beginning at 6pm. Best Costume contest. Hands-on instrument fun with High Strung Petting Zoo. Special guests Faith Baptist Church Children's Choir. FREE admission.