You’ll Become a Better Cook Over the Weekend with One of These Classes
Sometimes, there’s no better of feeling of accomplishment than serving up a delicious homemade meal. But everyone gets in a rut. So check out one of these fun, fast classes that range from a foodie Santa Barbara getaway to that knife-skills class you’ve been meaning to take. (And there’s wine and cannabis, too.)
Learn French Skills
You, too, can channel your inner Julia Child at the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, April 7 to 9 at the Bacara Resort & Spa. With tons of lessons and dinners on offer, it’s up to you whether you want to learn how to make vegan Camembert (hint: with nuts), bake the perfect brioche or maybe just sit back, relax and enjoy a special four-course meal with wine pairings. Mmm.
Master That Skillet
That cast iron skillet can be used for far more than self-defense. On March 26, you’ll learn how to make a whole meal (jalapeño corn bread, whole roasted cauliflower, seared rib eye and pineapple upside-down cake) in this classic kitchen tool.
At the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, beginning April 20, you’ll spend three days drinking local wine. How bad can that be? It all culminates on Saturday night with a delicious family-style dinner, where, in the style of a French harvest festival, guests bring their own bottles to share with new friends.
Master Sharp Objects
Know the difference between a bread knife and a steak knife? How about how often to sharpen your knives? Learn it all while making a dinner menu that includes chicken slaw, roasted carrots and fruit crumble at the Gourmandise School of Santa Monica's monthly knife-skills class.
Learn Thai Cuisine
Explore the ways of fish sauce, noodles and green and red curries with the monthly Thai One On three-hour class at Hipcooks. Offered at West and East Side locations, this class slides a Singha into your hand as you fasten your tuk-tuk belt to make eight—yes, eight—favorites including pad Thai, coconut sticky rice and papaya salad.
Explore the Cannabis Tasting
Pot as a meal accompaniment is the new thing in L.A. food circles, ever since the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use. The monthly Purple Dandelion Collective meeting at Tree Lounge guides 100 guests through a three-course menu of high-end marijuana strains, each accompanied by small bites. Kinda like college. But not at all.