Earn Your Chef's Whites
As an unabashed foodie, I can think of only one thing better than an exquisite meal—making it with my own hands. Luckily, Austin offers an array of cooking classes for just about any cuisine around the globe, from tapas to tartines. Whatever you’re hungry for, you can be sure someone is hosting a class about it. Below is a sampling of the many wonderful cooking classes around the city.
1. Thai Fresh
909 W. Mary St. Ste. B
(512) 494 6436
If your palate craves something more spicy and aromatic, Thai Fresh is the perfect spot to hone your Southeast Asian culinary skills. The restaurant and grocery store hosts public classes with owner Jam Sanitchat, introducing guests to the traditional flavors of home-style Thai cuisine. Guests can look forward to hands-on classes centered about staples such as Pad Thai and Red Curry Chicken, together with the tips and tricks passed down from the Sanitchat’s grandmother. Thai Fresh also offers private classes for up to 15 students.
2. Central Market Cooking School
4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
(512) 206 1014
There’s always something cooking at Central Market, whether it’s a pastry class or an elegant evening of Italian cuisine. Cooking School guests can choose from an astounding variety of hands-on or demonstration classes for all levels of expertise. In addition to Central Market’s staff of trained chefs and culinary instructors, the Cooking School hosts classes with renowned chefs from around the world. A list of previously featured chefs at Central Market reads like a who’s who of the culinary scene: David Lebovitz, Cat Cora, and Dorie Greenspan are just a few of the instructors who have taught at the Cooking School. Be sure to register as soon as possible for classes, as seats fill up quickly!
3. Make It Sweet
8566 Research Blvd.
(512) 371 3401
The pastry classes at Make It Sweet are perfect for those of us with a sweet tooth. From classes on cake decorating to the finicky French macaron, the bakeshop has a variety of sugary delights to please every pastry lover. In addition to several baking basics, such as the pie and tart classes, Make It Sweet offers more challenging programs focused on fondant decorations and tiered cakes for the pastry aficionado. Classes are suitable for students ages six and up and open to all levels of experience.
4. Hudson’s on the Bend
3609 Ranch Rd. 620 N.
(512) 689 0133
At this hill country favorite, it’s impossible to leave hungry. But don’t be intimidated by Hudson’s decadent menu of meticulously crafted entrées—the restaurant hosts classes designed to make you the master of your own kitchen. Featuring unique dishes such as elk wellington or quail and grits, these classes will take you out of your comfort zone and into the realm of culinary innovation. After a four-course meal paired with wine, guests will leave with detailed recipes and a taste for the extraordinary.