Looking to refine your culinary skills to impress vacation guests or to finally light that grill you’ve kept in the garage all winter? Summer is the perfect time to get outside when you visit and join in on all of the cooking classes this city has to offer, and boy are there plenty!
Williams-Sonoma offers 1.5-2 hour cooking classes, a monthly cookbook club and complimentary technique classes, all held at their store inside the Keystone Fashion Mall. The best part about these classes is that you can grab all of the tools and items you need to complete your dish (with the exception of the food) within their store so you are ready to recreate your meal when you get home. You can see a list of upcoming events on their website or pick up brochures in-store. Register early because they fill up fast!
Recreate a Moroccan appetizer and entree in a four-hour class from Saffron Cafe, downtown’s first-ever Moroccan restaurant. Not only will you leave the class with skills to build two amazing dishes, Chef Sentissi explains Moroccan culture and cuisine while also discussing the health benefits you receive from saffron.
Classes are offered Sundays from 10am-2pm and cost $200 per person. For more information, visit their website.
Have you seen the Big Green Eggs at Chef JJ’s Backyard? Sign up for one of their grilling classes and you can learn how to use one just like the pros. The ambiance surrounding these classes is almost worth it in itself – you will be seated outside around a square table that lets you see everything from prep work to grilling.
These weekday classes range from $44-55 per person and include recipes, drinks, beer tastings and 3-4 small plates. Groups of 6 or more can also book private parties. The July 23 Burgers and Beer class is screaming my name!
Indy’s Kitchen is a new concept for Indianapolis, providing space that caterers, food trucks, restaurants and home cooks can rent for any of their food prep needs. Currently their website shows two classes left for June, one on vegetarian and vegan cooking and another on Caribbean flavors for summer. Check back to see July classes or sign up for their mailing list to be notified first!
I’ll admit that the first thing I saw on the cooking classes page for Nestle Inn was “Cooking with Beer.” Their classes are held at their location, a historic home from the 1800s in downtown Indianapolis that was remodeled into the Nestle Inn in 2000.
Held Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, these classes are $65 which includes supplies, recipes, eating what you cook and a $20 gift card that can be applied toward a future visit to the Nestle Inn. See a full list of available classes and register on their website.
I’m sure I’m missing some amazing classes here – please leave a comment with your suggestions!