The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Baltimore Area Cooking Classes - Adult & Children

I have investigated and gathered a pretty comprehensive list of cooking classes in the Baltimore region. The list offers many formats of classes; at your home, at the instructor’s home, in restaurant kitchens, at schools and at stores. From cake decorating to being a chef-for-the-day, there is something for everyone’s taste here. I have particularly noted some classes that are in November; in fact one is this Sunday. Look the list over. The classes are for beginners to the advanced, children and adults.

If you are wondering what to get the "foodie" in your life, a gift certificate to any of these classes would be an awesome gift.

Do you know of other cooking classes, please let us know.

Once you take one of these classes you are required to invite me over to taste test what you learned. - Deal?

Anne Arundel Community College – Main Campus
101 College Parkway
Arnold, Md 21012
Assorted non-credit and credit culinary classes at various campus locations

Cake and Wedding Cottage
8716 Belair Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21236

The classes are held as single events (demos) or as a weekly, one night per week series. Basic Cake Decorating is one night per week for 6 weeks and Intermediate Cake Decorating is a 6-week course, again one night per week. Rolled Fondant is a 3-night course, held one night each week. All other classes are normally one session

Multiple classes in November – check the website

Chef Professor In-Home Cooking Classes
Chef Jack E. Batten, CEC
Phone: (301) 627-4496

Where the Chef Comes To Your House to Teach You (and maybe some of your friends, too). Chef Professor offers Personal Cooking Classes presented in a client's home in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland suburbs including Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas.

Chef’s Expressions at Grammercy Mansion
1400 Greenspring Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21153-0119
(410) 561-2433

Chefs Jerry Edwards and John Walsh conduct culinary tastings at the Gramercy Mansion Carriage house. Jerry and John create 3-4 special courses and recipes for attendees to taste while enjoying the entertaining hijinks of the two trend-setting chefs.

Cooking with Ben
Ben Tehranian
6402 Wind Rider Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-312-0001

Ben Tehranian invites you to his kitchen to share his experience and skills in a relaxed, involved, and hands-on environment. Or if you prefer, he will hold the classes in your own kitchen using your equipment. Ben also offers assistance with planning and preparing your special gatherings.

Culinary Kids Cooking School LLC
Nikki McGowan, Executive Chef
Ellicott City, MD
Phone: 978-223-3068

Our classes and parties are all hands-on. We incorporate science, math, nutrition, and kitchen safety into the preparation of fun and delicious culinary specialties.

Our classes and parties are offered to elementary and middle school age children in schools, community centers, churches, and homes in Baltimore and the surrounding area.

Cooking with Donna
Chef Donna Crivello
Donna's Cafe at Snowden River Parkway
5850 Waterloo Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045

Fast Mediterranean meals for everyday and for entertaining. Practical cooking classes with tastings and recipes. We'll talk about Mediterranean ingredients, (shopping and stocking) plus techniques for pulling together great, quick and healthy dinners. Learn more about cooking without recipes . . .(not just pasta, but vegetables, chicken and seafood, legumes) and how to create dishes with great flavor at Donna's in Columbia (Snowden River Pkwy)

Upcoming classes: $45 per class

Nov 4 quick dinners
Nov 11 Italian thanksgiving side dishes
Nov 18 holiday brunches
Dec 2 holiday food gifts
Dec 9 Italian Christmas eve (seafood)
Dec 16 the New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres party

Elkridge Furnace Inn
Chef Daniel Wecker
5745 Furnace Ave.
Elkridge, Maryland 21075

Upcoming class
November 25: Adult Cooking Class
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
$80 inclusive of service and tax
Reservations are required, limited space available

Whether you love cooking or want to learn some new skills join us for this interactive cooking class taught buy Executive Chef Dan Wecker. The class will be “A twist on Thanksgiving” featuring: Butternut Squash Soup, Ballotine of Duck, Root Vegetable Galette & “Ragout”, and Braised Lettuce Provençal.

For The Love of Food & Catering
Chef Diane Bukatman
20 Clarks Lane
Reisterstown, MD 21136-5810
443-865-0630 or 410-833-5579

For the Love of Food -Cooking Classes, Team Building, Kids Cook!

New Dates! Monday Series!
A 6-Class Series for aspiring chefs
MONDAYS, January 12, 19, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 at 7 PM $400

The ideal hands-on cooking series for seasoned cooks and beginners alike! We begin with Knife Skills and move on to sautéing, roasting, braising, poaching, pan & classic sauces and variations, and stocks. We'll cover butterflying meat and chicken, and the best cuts of meat for different types of cooking. Learn to tell when meats, poultry and fish are done without cutting into them! Overcome your fear of cooking whole fish and filets...and more ~ much much more!

Experimentation and questions are encouraged. There is no such thing as too much of a beginner - everyone will feel comfortable, and we guarantee everyone will leave a better cook than when you arrived!

Inn at 2920
Chef Roxanne Levis
2920 Elliott Street
Baltimore MD 21224
410 342 44450

Saturday, December 6th & December 13th
Cookie Demonstration $65.00 - 11 to 4 p.m.

Attend the ongoing (come and go as you please) cookie making demo by Chef Roxanne Levis on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Live demos of cookie making, come and go as you please. Take home your very own Gift Basket filled with: Ginger Molasses. Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti, Snicker Doodles, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Baked Caramel Popcorn, and more. Take home a cookie basket

Maja’s Kitchen
Maria Springer
Call for reservations:
410-561-1157 or
Your reservation will be held upon receipt of full payment of $60.

Every year in December the Gingerbread House Decorating Afternoons in Maja’s Viennese Kitchen have become an event, and a tradition in many families around Baltimore and DC area.

Children come dressed for the Candlelight Holiday Tea which is served after they decorate their houses. Every child receives a pre-built house, a pastry bag filled with Royal Icing, and lots and, lots of candy to choose from to decorate their special Gingerbread House for the holidays.

Within an hour and a half they all finish eating candy, and decorating, after which they all go down to the basement where a Candlelight Holiday Tea is served. Children and adults are served hot chocolate or tea in china cups and saucers, and have many pastries to choose from at the Holiday Buffett.

Gingerbread House Decorating Sessions and Tea –
2 weekends in December…………….

December 13 and 14
December 20 and 21

All Sessions start at 12:30 PM and end at 3:30 PM
Children 5 to 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
$60 for child and adult

Pierpoint Restaurant
Chef Nancy Longo
1822 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD
410 675-2080

NOVEMBER 3RD INTERNATIONAL BBQ come learn techniques of International BBQ from all over the world , rubs, smoking techniques, as well as a few sauces from our on BBQ states in the good old USA. Barbecue is heating up again in the culinary scene, come find out how to make some of your own.

NOVEMBER 10TH BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND- Come learn lessons on how to cook a modern thanksgiving dinner, and all the short cuts a chef could teach you about how to cut your cooking time down for the big turkey day. We will also cover turkey sauces, chutneys as well as smoking, we promise when you leave here you'll never be stressed about thanksgiving cooking again, we promise.

Class fees are $75 per class, soft drinks, wine, beer, and recipes are included. Aprons will be provided, as well as a group meal. Please call 410 675-2080 to reserve a space as space is limited to 10 persons per class. Classes are approximately 3 hrs long, and include recipes, aprons, as well as food tastings of all items we cook in the lesson.

Roland Park Country School
Kaleidoscope Adult Class Series
5204 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

One Session $70
Saturday, December 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
William Matsuzaki

In Japan, there are certain dishes that are especially enjoyed by the people during the cold months, to warm them up and help gather the family together. There are variousnabe-mono including sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and yose nabe. In this class, you will learn how to make sukiyaki, a dish with various vegetables and meat in soy sauce-based sauce. You will also learn how to make tempura soba and tempura (shrimp, potato, onions, mushrooms and carrots) and soba. A fun family adventure.

Roy's - Baltimore
Chef Rey Eugenio
720 B Aliceanna Street
Baltimore MD 21202
(410) 659-0099 (go to What’s New – Special Events)

Chef Rey advised me they are tentatively looking to have a cooking class the beginning of December. It will be a demonstration class with optional hands-on. Pricing and details will be posted on their website under “What’s New-Special Events” – look for the Baltimore location.

Sotto Sopra Restaurant
Executive Chef Bill Crouse
405 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information or reservation call Monika Pawlak at 410-625-0534 or email at

Cooking Class:

Cooking Class
Sunday, November 2nd
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Executive Chef Bill Crouse brings you into the back-of-the-house, Sotto Sopra's kitchen for a cooking class featuring the great foods of autumn. This will be his last class for 2008, so don't miss out.

The class is demonstration with the option of hands-on participation. You wrap up the class by enjoying those dishes taught and prepared with a glass of vino. Cost per person is $65/reservations required.


What's it like to work in a restaurant kitchen? That question can be answered with Sotto Sopra Restaurant's Chef-for-the-Day Program under the tutelage of Executive Chef Bill Crouse. For $100 you will work hard through the day and after evening service, enjoy a good meal.

Prior to coming into Sotto Sopra's kitchen, Chef Crouse assesses the Chef-for-the-Day's skill level and also offers up an additional challenge of creating a menu promoting them as the Chef-for-the-Day at the restaurant.

Chef Michel Tersiquel
8293 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410 465 4004

Day with the Chef

Join Chef at 5:30 a.m., yes that is a.m., at the Jessup Wholesale Seafood & Produce Market. Work with Michel as he inspects every product from kiwis to skate in his pursuit for only the freshest and best ingredients. There really is no telling what will be on the special board until after the "Market Run". This is a hands-on experience with an accomplished Chef who knows and appreciates quality and freshness.

You will then open the restaurant. We recommend getting started with a cup of freshly brewed French Roast Coffee. And then it's time to work. The real work day begins, including checking the stockpots, putting away the produce and preparing the mis en place. Your day will continue with hands on practical tasks in many of the stations. Learn mis en place, work with the Garde Manger and learn how our fine dinning kitchen works.

Chef's day continues with the exciting and ever changing process of day-to-day restaurant management with numerous purveyors and clients vying with the ovens and line for Chef's time. Throughout the day Chef is constantly working with a range of staff from our Sous Chef to dishwashers, hands on coaching and teaching the best ways to handle and prepare the products purchased fresh that day. Working with his Father in the garden and with the purveyors at the market, Michel changes the menu seasonally to reflect the freshest ingredients in what is now commonly called "from the farm to the plate" cooking. This is your chance to experience the way a restaurant kitchen is run, hands on and with passion to present a quality dining experience. Once your day of work is complete, please join our front of the house staff and enjoy a chef's menu for two.

Chef Michel looks forward to seeing you at 5 am.

To reserve your day with Chef Michel or purchase as a gift, please contact the restaurant.
Cost to participate $425.00

Whole Foods Market – Mt Washington
1330 Smith Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

What's Cooking Wednesday
See what we’ve got cooking in our departments from noon-2:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm. We’ll have live demonstrations. Come join us every Wednesday.

Each Whole Food Market has its own calendar of events. Go to and find your store and you will see your store calendar.

William Sonoma
Store Locator:

Cooking Classes
Sign up for our weekly classes. Conducted by culinary professionals, these occasional series cover the latest trends in recipes and ingredients. Enrollment is limited. Contact your local store for a schedule of upcoming classes. This is a demonstration class only. Lite nibbles of what is prepared.

Yum-Yum Sisters
Call Sandy Spanos @ 410-833-1108

Join the Yum-Yum Sisters (Ilene Spector and Sandy Spanos) for a very special cooking class “Holidays in Paradise” at Roy’s Restaurant at the Harbor East.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

4 course Lunch and Cooking Class with demos by Roy's chefs
*Watch & taste new Yum Yum Sisters recommendations for home entertaining to "wow" your guests this holiday season!

Begin with a glass of POG (The traditional Hawaiian Breakfast Beverage) and seasonal breakfast treats as well as a "backstage" tour of Roy's Kitchen

Roy's will demo and serve their signature "Yamaguchi Sushi" and special "sizzling" hors d'oeuvres. Lunch will include a Hawaiian-Fusion Cuisine plated double entree, wine and Roy's famous signature sides

The finale will include a custom dessert for this event by the Pastry Chef as well as a taste of Roy's menu dessert favorites
Coffee & Tea

*Lots of surprise prizes
*No one leaves empty handed!

Discount Parking will be available

Bring your mother, sister or best friend as a special gift!
$60 per person. Only your check in advance secures your reservation
RSVP by November 5, 2008 – Contact Sandy Spanos 410-833-1108

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