Do you love to cook and want to hone your skills or maybe learn some new techniques or recipes? Taking a cooking class is a great way to sharpen your culinary chops—and you get to eat what you make! In Minnesota, we have a number of great places where you learn something new to do in your kitchen. Here are some of our favorites.
For more than four decades, Cooks of Crocus Hill has been teaching Minnesota residents kitchen techniques. Their classes are often taught by top local chefs and frequently combine cooking with fun—like Scotch and steaks. They’ve expanded beyond their original Grand Ave. location and now offer products and classes in Stillwater, the North Loop in Minneapolis, and a few Kowalski’s Market locations.
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Folks looking for cooking classes in Duluth need only head down to Canal Park, where they can learn from some of the Arrowhead Region’s top culinary kids at the Blue Heron Trading Company. They offer classes that change by the season and range from classic American holiday fare to regional Mexican cuisine, cooking with curries, and everything in between.
Ever wondered how to shuck an oyster, make a sushi roll, or perfectly grill a tuna steak? The instructors at Coastal Seafoods are more than happy to help you learn to do all these things and more. All of their classes, as you likely guessed, are seafood-centric. So, if this is one particular area you want to bone up on, Coastal is the place to be.
Cook’s Pantry offers seasonally-inspired and other cooking classes to folks in the Rochester area. Examples include making tamales, soup recipes for the autumn and long winter, or gameday pizza ideas. They even offer regular ladies nights if you and your friends are looking for a hands-on activity.
Located in the Midtown Global Market, Kitchen in the Market offers some truly inspired cooking classes that range from traditional to off the wall. For example, they’ve offered a series on how to cook traditional Jewish deli food. On the other hand, they’ve also offered a class on fending for yourself in case of a zombie apocalypse. And many classes fall in between.
The Bluff Country Co-op in Winona offers regular classes and demonstrations of cooking techniques to residents in Southeastern Minnesota. In addition to classes based on particular foods and cuisines, the co-op also schedules a monthly class for kids who want to learn to cook.
Kitchen Window has been a fixture in the Uptown neighborhood’s Calhoun Square for decades. During their tenure Kitchen Window’s instructors have offered classes on everything from kitchen fundamentals and grilling to wine basics and travel-inspired cuisine.
The Good Acre is a self-decribed “food hub” that brings farmers and their fresh-from-the-farm or field produce together with consumers who are looking for better products. As part of their mission, they offer classes that use the produce their suppliers deliver. Examples of classes include Global Comfort Foods and a Land and Sea Harvest Dinner.
The Way Cool Cooking School boasts a wide range of classes for adults, kids, families, and even corporate team-building. Examples of their offerings range from making to after-school snacks for kids to the adults-only Sushi Date Night class. They even host birthday parties and offer camps and other programs.
Folks in the St. Cloud area who are hankering to hone their skills with Italian food need look no further than Ciatti’s Ristorante. Their popular classes teach you how to prepare and create a traditional, four-course Italian meal that you can use for just about any occasion.