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Artisanal food is becoming a bit over-hyped and even serves as a punch line these days. But as much as we?re tired of foodie pretension, we love great food. That?s why we?re jazzed for an upcoming hands-on artisanal food class--hold the food snobbery.

The Institute of Domestic Technology is an 18-month-old school led by Los Angeles-based cookbook author Joseph Shuldiner. Based in Altadena at the Mariposa Creamery, the school?s gotten raves for teaching coffee roasting, jam-making and more. Beginning this Saturday, the institute is launching a new daylong class ($195) on making bread, cheese, jam and mustard in the vintage kitchen at Greystone Mansion, the 1928 55-room pile built by the Doheny clan.

We?ve floated through the kitchen at Greystone before and can vouch for its modest tile and formica punctuated by a 1930s range. So we?re sure our lessons will be easily replicated at home.

Future offerings include a cheese-making series ($595), sessions on how to make yogurt, ricotta and chèvre from scratch ($225) and even a citrus tutorial ($195) from local bon vivant Kevin West. Classes include lunch, so we?re going hungry for more than just knowledge. 

Institute of Domestic Technology, 396 E. Mariposa St., Altadena; 

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