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While the fresh salad and wonderful pasta dish created here is certainly spectacular, the main draw of this class is learning how to make one of the most delicious Italian desserts ... morein existence, Tiramisu! This beloved sweet treat consists of ladyfingers drenched in espresso. These ladyfingers are then layered with a sinfully delicious mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese! This is a dessert that many people think is too complicated to make at home, yet here you will learn how to re-create this dish that is sure to please the whole family!
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Authentic Japanese cuisine is one of the most intriguing and delicate ones in the world. It is not a mere food preparation but a continuous conversation between you and the master ... morechef. A true Japanese chef can read your eyes to make adjustments to what he serves you next. You are in the center of the process, not at the receiving end.

We took this unique approach of Japanese master chefs one step further with an authentic Japanese cooking class. Not only will you watch the mesmerizing process of Sushi preparation, but you will get to try your own hand at it. It is not one or two, but eight kinds of different dishes you will learn to prepare in this cooking class. It is fun, exhilarating and the best Sushi you will taste in Boston! 

Chef Augusto spent most of his life working as a Sushi chef in Japan and is officially certified to practice around the world. There are many secrets to making world class Sushi, but in this cooking class Chef Augusto will show you all of his.

Our Sushi menu includes:
Sake-maki / salmon hossomaki
Tekamaki / tuna hossomaki
Kappa-maki / cucumber hossomaki
Temaki zushi / temaki
Sake uramaki / salmon uramaki
Kariforunia uramaki / California uramaki
Oshizushi / pressed sushi
Maki Atsui / hot roll

時代を超越した日本料理の芸術
15 Dec | 27 Dec | 29 Dec
$
50
-
$
200
/ Gift Card
Have you ever wanted to venture into a new realm of culinary creations, yet were unsure where to start? Do you love to experiment with different recipes, yet do not want to do so by ... morereading from a cookbook or website in isolation? If the answer is yes, Selfup is the ideal choice for you!

Selfup offers a huge variety of cooking classes in the Boston area. All of these classes are headed by a chef or chefs who excel in their particular area of expertise. Instead of teaching yourself at home, you can elect to engage in a Selfup class, where you can learn in an intimate environment where you can personally interact with the chef. This allows the opportunity for learning a new culinary craft while making new friends, as the emphasis here is not only on cooking but on social engagement as well.
For The Special Moments
 (6)
$
79
/ Person
It can be intimidating to participate in a cooking class, particularly if you are learning a technique that is unfamiliar. In the No Frills Dumpling Class, Chef Patty Chan and Chef ... moreMarco make their participants feel immediately at home by beginning the session with a simple introduction. “The first thing we ask them is to tell a story,” Chef Marco explains. “And that’s the hardest part for most people. It’s not the dumpling making but telling a story about their experience with food. Food is a gathering point…. We try to express how this is going to be a story in their book.”

Chef Patty Chan seeks to impart her passion for dumpling cooking upon each and every one of the class participants. She honors her family’s heritage and her own personal memories by carefully yet informally instructing students in the art of dumpling making. Here you will learn everything you need to know about dumpling making, from constructing the skin to creating the fillings to learning the five traditional folding and crimping techniques!

In this class we will make:

Scallion Pancakes

Signature Pork Dumplings

Chicken Dumplings (With red skin made from beet flour)

Vegetarian Dumplings (With green skin made with parsley flour)
15-Dec | 18-Dec | 5-Jan | 6-Jan
 (3)
$
50
/ Person
Gumbo is perhaps one of the most quintessential, important dishes in Southern cuisine. In fact, it is the official cuisine in the state of Louisiana! Gumbo is a thick, hearty type ... moreof stew which begins with a strongly flavored stock and some sort of protein which can range from shrimp to crawfish to pork or sausage. These two ingredients are then mixed with the southern “holy trinity” of celery, bell peppers and onions. Various spices are incorporated as well to give the gumbo its characteristic heat!

In this class, Chef Pendarvis will share his southern roots with you by instructing you in the art of making this important dish. With his wonderful sense of humor and love for telling stories of the Southland, he will immediately make you feel at home, creating a wonderfully fun and educational experience!
14-Dec | 15-Dec | 16-Dec | 21-Dec...
If you love chocolate, you'll love this introductory chocolate-making class, led by a French-trained, award-winning chocolatier. You’ll enjoy some chocolates, learn how chocolate is ... moremade, and try your hand at creating delicious truffles, bark, and other tasty confections. You’ll be amazed by what you can make in just one afternoon in a home kitchen, and you’ll leave with plenty of chocolate treats to share with family and friends.
make truffles, bark, and confections
 (12)
$
85
/ Person
In this class, Chef Pereira will instruct you on the timeless art of constructing fresh and delicious pasta! The majority of Boston cooking classes tend to not focus upon authentic ... moreItalian fare, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

You will learn how to make different kinds of pasta here, such as tortellini and gnocchi. Tortellini has a very distinctive ring shape and is typically stuffed with all sorts of delicious fillings from various cheeses to different kinds of meats. Gnocchi is a small kind of dumpling that is generally thick in texture and flavored with various herbs. Of course, the sauce is an important part of creating tasty pasta dishes, so you will also learn the different steps and ingredients that go into creating a flavorful and authentic ragout!
14-Dec | 15-Dec | 16-Dec...
$
103
/ Person
Shrimp Lemongrass Skewers, Thai Beef Salad, Shrimp Pad Thai, Mango Coconut Sago with Sesame seeds (Gluten Free): Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her ... morechildhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion early this year, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap to bring you this largely Thai-inspired menu centered on the quintessential favorite, Pad Thai. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. You’ll learn how to make authentic Pad Thai as you’ve never had!

*Note: We will do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people.

Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen, or a little of both. 

Event details:

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)
Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural
Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)
Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant
Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first-rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)
Instruction style is a combination of demonstration and hands-on
Venue is in Dedham
Private bookings for party of 6-8 available, just contact us
Address provided 48 hours before event.
4-Jan | 8-Feb
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

You’re not going to miss meat with this luxuriously decadent vegetarian fare. In this class, we’ll learn about soffritto and mirepoix that puts the “classic” in our Tomato Soup and a French sauce that transforms this lasagna into “food for the gods”. Finish off with a no-dairy luscious dessert that’s super easy to make! This class is gluten-free as we will use gluten-free lasagna noodles from Italy. 

Cauliflower fritters, Classic Tomato Soup, Roasted (or Grilled) Vegetables with Spinach Lasagna, Coconut Panna Cotta with Organic Berries (Gluten Free)
6-Jan
The title of this class literally translated to everything cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? Here you will learn about the importance of various cheeses in creating delicious Italian ... morefood! This class features cheese as the star of the show, creating a parmesan crusted salad with fresh mozzarella paired with Quadro Formaggi pasta!
14-Dec | 15-Dec | 16-Dec...
 (3)
$
103
/ Person
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! 

Get ready to roll out some dough—we’re going to make this elegant pizza of organic figs and three cheeses that’s an absolute favorite with friends. And that’s just the appetizer. Jeff will share a restaurant secret in making perfectly cooked cod loin, and we will prepare a compound butter that's a match-made-in-heaven with roasted butternut squash. Finally, we’ll cap the evening with divine cacao and hazelnut cookies served with a dollop of our favorite organic ice cream. 

In this class, we will make:

Fig and Three Cheese Pizza, Breaded Cod-Loin with white wine and capers, Roasted butternut squash with sage butter sauce, Cacao and Hazelnut cookies served with Alden ‘s Vanilla Ice Cream
16-Dec | 18-Jan
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion early this year, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap. In this class, we will make green curry paste from scratch which will be the base for both our delectable appetizer and the mildly spicy and bursting- with- flavor Thai Green Chicken Curry, one of Marlene’s all-time favorites! A Grapefruit Avocado salad will be a refreshing palate cleanser and we finish with a light dessert of Coconut Pandan Jelly.

In this class, you will make:

Pork and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap, Grapefruit Avocado Salad, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Coconut Pandan Jelly (Gluten Free)

*We will be using sustainably-farmed shrimp for this class
12-Jan | 16-Feb
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! In this class, we start with one of our fave apps, crisp cauliflower fritters served with an easy-to-make and flavor-packed tomato dip. Learn to make garam masala from scratch, the primary spice blend we will use in our main course: a yogurt-based Indian Chicken curry Marlene grew up with, typically served in British establishments in Manila with an awesome mango chutney even Major Grey would be proud of! A salad of organic greens cleans the palate and we cap the evening with lip-smacking golden-fried apples with an exotic honey drizzle. 

In this class you will make:

Cauliflower fritters, Indian-style Organic Chicken Curry served with Mango chutney over Basmati rice, Mixed Salad greens , Fried apples drizzled with cardamom and Pistachios honey (Gluten Free)
20-Jan
 (7)
$
85
/ Person
A healthy cooking class that places emphasis on preparing tasty, satisfying vegetarian dishes. You will be so impressed with the flavors produced here that you will never miss the ... moremeat! Some of the delicious dishes created here include manicotti, tubular shaped pasta which encapsulates a savory filling of cheeses and herbs and pasta arrabbiata, a famous vegetarian dish known for its spicy and flavorful sauce!
14-Dec | 15-Dec | 16-Dec...
In this class, Chef Larsen works with small groups of four to ensure that each child receives the individual attention and instruction they deserve. She carefully instructs them in ... morethe timeless art of creating healthy and delicious meals. Each child is responsible for creating four separate dishes, including the main course, a vegetable, a desert and a bread/granola item that they can take home to share with the whole family!

Cooking is an important life skill, and it is Kathleen’s goal to put a smile on each and every child’s face that takes her class. Parents are absolutely blown away by the results they see as well. “I get testimony after testimony from parents saying their kids are more interested in cooking,” Larsen states. “They’re so proud of themselves that they can make dinner… That’s what it’s all about!”
educational and fun!
 (3)
$
103
/ Person
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. Classes are often inspired by cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and China. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world.

In this class, you will make:

Fresh Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls, Organic Chicken Mango Coconut Curry, Organic Salad Greens with a Soy and Sesame dressing, Steamed Organic Brown Rice, Banana Fritters (Gluten Free)
1-Feb
$
119
/ Person
As we indulge in wholesome hearty food during the winter months, it is vital to find a wine that can stand up to the seasonal flavors. Winter wines are richer and spicier, offering ... moredepth and complexity, which perfectly complement winter dishes. However, choosing the right winter wine not only for your meal but to lift your spirits and your body temperature can sometimes be difficult. Learn why it is so important to change your wine list during the colder months. Intrigued? Join Us…

Appetizers and an assortment of cheeses will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing whiskey and food. After class, we’ll clear our palates and our heads with an American barbecue dinner buffet paired with wine.

DINNER MENU
Barbecue chicken | Barbecue pork | Kansas City burnt ends Rice & beans | Collard greens | Potato salad | Chocolate whiskey cake Chardonnay | Zinfandel
12-Jan
Chef Gatto is passionate about creating all of his food from scratch. In this class, he will come to you to teach you how to create a delicious meal from the absolute ground up. This ... moremeans that you will be making your own bread, creating your own sauces, grinding your own meat, etc! He will show you how creating foods from scratch not only eliminates unhealthy preservatives, it also gives the food you are making a far deeper flavor and more delicious texture!
nothing boxed or bagged
 (3)
$
103
/ Person
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. Classes are often inspired by cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and China. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world.

Thai Organic Chicken and Shrimp Lemongrass Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai), Chinese Five-Spice Pan-fried All Natural Pork tenderloin Medallions, Sautéed Shanghai petite bok choy, Steamed Organic brown rice, Pandan and Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free)

Event details:

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)
Class size 6-8 participants

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural
Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)
Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first-rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)
Instruction style is a combination of demonstration and hands-on
10-Feb
 (5)
$
85
/ Person
Many people who are allergic or intolerant to gluten presume that they cannot enjoy authentic Italian food. This is simply not true, and this class will prove it! In this class, we ... morewill put that rumor to rest once and for all, as you will learn how to make pasta that is both delicious and gluten-free! This healthy cooking class begins with a salad made with fresh mozzarella and, of course, Italian wine before you move on to the main course, creating delicious gluten-free pasta dishes!
Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6pm
This is one of the most intriguing food classes in Boston you will ever find! Not only do you have the opportunity to learn directly from Chef Walker’s experiences and travels, you ... morewill literally learn how to take apart an entire animal!

While most butchering classes will only teach you how to obtain certain cuts of meat, in Chef Walker’s class, absolutely nothing goes to waste. You work with every part of the animal, from head to tail, learning the best preparation methods for each and every cut of meat you obtain.

The whole butchery not only promotes a greater respect for the animal you are utilizing, it encourages creativity, as you will be working with cuts of meat that may not be familiar to you! In this class, Chef Walker brings people together for incredible moments of education mixed with information and of course, fun.
whole animal butchering class
REAL FOOTBALL LOVERS DRINK WINE! No really, they do! What does your tailgate menu look like? Chicken wings? Buffalo dip? Chili? Pizza? Nachos? Sliders? There’s a wine for each of them, ... moreand we are going to transform your game day festivities in this exhilarating class of tailgating favorites and wine.
31-Jan

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