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Cooking Classes

learn to cook from the best Boston Chefs

Fresh Pasta Making
$
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!
rediscover Italian cuisine
Grill Baby Grill!
$
103
/ Person
It’s all about the grill and enjoying summer’s bounty. In this class, we’re grilling steak tips, chicken, shrimp and seasonal vegetables and Jeff will share tips and techniques such ... moreas brining, that ensure these babies come out tender and juicy. We’ll make four different sauces to mix and match--an Argentinian chimichurri reminiscent of Marlene’s five-week Patagonian sojourn, Asian style soy-lime sauce, kale pesto and Sriracha butter sauce so that you’ll have plenty of options for your next barbecue! In keeping with the theme, we’ll make a warm salad of grilled Romaine lettuce with walnuts and blue cheese and finish up with tropical fruit kabobs with a killer rum sauce. Yeah, it’s summer alright!

What's on the menu?
Grass-fed Grilled Steak tips, Gulf Shrimp, Organic Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables with various dips served over organic rice, Grilled Organic Romaine Lettuce with walnuts and blue cheese, Tropical Fruit Kabobs with Rum Sauce (Gluten-free)
*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
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
The address provided 48 hours before the event.
yeah, it’s summer alright!
Tutto Formaggi
$
85
/ Person
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!
It’s all about the cheese
Make America Grape Again
$
119
/ Person
Every delicious bottle of wine begins with one basic ingredient – the grapes. In this class, Sommelier Alsop will go over the basic kinds of grapes that are used to make different ... morewine blends, along with explaining the extensive process that goes into wine making! No matter how limited or broad your knowledge of wine may be, Sommelier Alsop will help you develop a better understanding and deeper appreciation of this timeless beverage! The best part is that you will be able to taste different blends and experience the different grapes and wines you will learn about!
learn all about wine
Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale
$
100
/ Person
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 expresso. 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!
the most delicious desert
No Frills Dumplings
 (5)
$
75
/ 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!
an asian favorite
Learn to make Gumbo
$
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!
taste of Louisiana
Night in Tuscany
$
119
/ Person
Join us for the ultimate in virtual wine tourism: a wine and food tour of Italy and Tuscany without ever leaving Boston area! Get yourself ready for a broad range of Tuscan wines, ... morefrom crisp whites to gutsy bold reds. This class is going to experience the whole geography of what Tuscany has to offer. Wine is produced in every region of Italy, and we are just going to scratch the surface of Tuscany when it comes to exploring the thousands of different varieties and styles of Italian wine.

The evening focuses on a mini-wine tour of the Tuscan region. Appetizers and cheese will be served during class to introduce some of the fundamentals of pairing wine and food. You’ll experience the culinary sights, smells and tastes of Italy via your wine glass and plate. By the end of the evening, someone will know their Chianti from Chianti Classico!

After class, put your education to the test over a delicious wine dinner from one of our guest chefs. We’ll make a major food match with a Tuscan white and red specially selected for the menu.

MENU
Please understand the food and wine menu are subject to change based on availability, chef creativity, teacher whimsy, and more!

Bubbling Over

NV Alessandro Gallici Prosecco Extra-Dry
(Veneto, northeast Italy)

Ricotta fresca canapés
With rose petal jam
With olive oil & herbes de Provence

North By Northwest

2011 Casa Taurini Barbera d’Asti
(Asti, Piemonte, northwest Italy)

Spectrum Of Sangiovese

I G T
2015 Strozzi “Selvascura” Toscana IGT
(Maremma, southern Tuscany)

PRUGNOLO
2012 Duca di Cardino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
(Montepulciano, eastern Tuscany)

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
2013 Lornano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva
(Siena, central Tuscany)

CLASSICAL
2015 Pieve di Spaltenna Chianti Classic
(Gaiole, Chianti, central Tuscany)

Southern Star

2013 Pillastro Primitivo + Negroamaro
(Puglia, southern Italy)

i Formaggi

Fontina Val D’Aosta | Cow’s milk, northern Italy

Grana Padano | Cow’s milk, Emilia-Romagna, north-central Italy

Gorgonzola Dolce | Cow’s milk, Milan, north-central Italy

C E N A
Timballo | Baked pasta with eggplant

Spinaci alla fiorentina | Baked spinach

Pollo Cristina | Chicken baked in wine & sage

Insalata mista | Mixed green salad

Citrus polenta cake with balsamic strawberries

2015 Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano
(San Gimignano, southern Tuscany)

2014 Collezione di Paolo Chianti Riserva
(Rufina, central Tuscany)
wine class & dinner
Teaching Kids to Cook Healthy
$
40
/ Person
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!
Learn to Cook from Scratch!
$
85
/ Person
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
Make Truffles, Bark, and More
$
75
/ Adult
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.
perfect for chocolate lovers
Italian Dinner Night
$
100
/ Person
After beginning the class with a round of adult beverages and a warm introduction, you will receive a brief introduction into the basic components of Italian cuisine. After this, Chef ... morePereira will walk you through the process of creating a delicious three-course authentic Italian meal. You will begin by stretching mozzarella out of curd cheese before enjoying some freshly made authentic pasta. The true gem of this class is the main course of roasted chicken, where you will learn how to butcher the chicken yourself, creating every bite from scratch!
authentic Italian cuisine
No Gluten Italian
$
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!
who needs the gluten?
Advanced Art of Butchery
$
200
/ Person
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

Private Events

up your party game with Boston’s culinary icons

Learn to Make the Best BBQ
$
2,099
-
$
4,199
The celebrity Pitmaster himself comes to you with a single mission: teaching you how to master the art of barbecue like a World BBQ Champion! It’s considered common knowledge that ... morethe star of any barbeque is the meat, and here, you will learn everything you need to know for making the ultimate barbecue feast.

In this class, award-winning Chef Andy Husbands will guide you through the fundamentals for creating marinades, rubs and seasoning, as well as how to perfect your grilling game to get that rich, sought-after smoky flavor! Of course, you will also get the insider’s look into preparing Husbands’ signature barbeque sauce, along with classic BBQ sides, including cornbread and mac & cheese to complete the feast!
Learn from the Master!
Learn to Cook from Scratch
$
510
-
$
1,099
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
Taste and Make Chocolates
$
300
-
$
500
If you’re looking for the perfect group activity—for family get-togethers, special celebrations, team building—this is it! Your group doesn’t need to love cooking; you can relax and ... morehave fun as you enjoy tasting and making chocolates together. Beth Kirsch, Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur, will take you on a chocolate journey around the world as you compare the surprisingly diverse flavors of craft chocolates made from cacao beans grown in many different countries.

Then you’ll roll up your sleeves and make some chocolates! There’s no cooking involved…just a good time making and decorating chocolate disks known as mendiants. These French chocolates are traditionally topped with nuts and dried fruit, but here's your chance to be creative (or not!) as you choose from a variety of toppings. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for chocolate along with a box of your creations to share with family and friends.
more eating…less cooking
Night in Tuscany
$
949
-
$
3,499
This class brings the incredible flavors and relaxed atmosphere of Tuscany right into your home! Sommelier Capozzo will instruct you in some of the most famous wines originating from ... moreTuscany. You will also enjoy authentic dishes from this region in Italy to feel fully immersed in this incredible Italian culinary experience. Here, you will be treated to an authentic taste of Italy with classic dishes paired with some of the most fabulous wine available!
wine class & dinner
Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale
 (1)
$
500
-
$
2,699
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 expresso. 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!
The Most Delicious Desert
No Frills Dumplings
$
300
-
$
1,599
If you are looking for a fun evening to entertain friends or family at your home, consider booking this husband and wife duo for a lively evening where you will learn to create your ... morevery own Asian dumplings! Dumplings are an essential part to many different Asian cuisines, and while they may seem quite difficult to make, this entertaining pair will ensure that you learn the skills properly all while being kept laughing and eating the yummy results!

Chef Chen and Chef Shulman 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 Shulman 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.”

True to form, this is certainly not an uptight or rigid class. In fact, Chef Patty Chen and Chef Marco are more than happy to travel, bringing the class right to your front door! This is an excellent option for bringing people together and celebrating special occasions, such as a birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette outing, or even something as simple as a group date night!
An Asian Favorite
Learn to make Gumbo
$
200
-
$
899
Do you want to learn how to make a dish that will make you feel as though you are in the heart of New Orleans? Do you want to share this experience with friends and family in the comfort ... moreof your own home? If so, look no farther than this amazingly fun class that can accommodate anywhere from four to a whopping twenty people!

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 of 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! Of course, the best part of the class comes towards the end, where you get to relax with your loved ones and dig into the delicious dish you have just created!
A Taste of Louisiana
Teaching Kids to Cook Healthy
$
200
Chef Larsen thrives upon teaching children how to cook healthy meals in order to increase their confidence. In this class, she will visit your home and entertain groups of up to five ... morechildren for the afternoon while teaching them some of the most valuable skills they can learn! Cooking is a wonderful way for kids to build confidence in themselves, yet many working parents simply don’t have the time to teach their children the basics of culinary creation. This is where Chef Larsen comes in! Don’t worry about having to clean up a dirty kitchen afterward, as she will make sure that everything is left in the same condition it was found in!

The small group size ensures that each child gets the individual attention and instruction they need and deserve. She carefully instructs her pupils in the timeless art of creating healthy and delicious meals. Each child is responsible for creating four separate dishes, including a 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
Make America Grape Again!
$
949
-
$
3,499
This class is all about tasting wines that make America the exceptional wine nation it is. We don’t have a lot of our own native wine grapes, but America does have some signature grapes ... moreand styles. Until recently, the Euro grapes we did have were unfamous cast offs, and thanks to them, we have something more interesting than mono-culture. You’ll taste and learn a couple of newly emerging American grapes, an exquisitely blended wine that’s right on trend, and Zinfandel, of course.
Not too surprisingly, our best and most interesting wines – Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, more – are an almost supernatural match with our American signature cuisine: barbecue. After the tasting class, put what you learned to work as we sit down to the rich, multiple styles of Blue Ribbon Barbecue paired with a perfect American blend.
Learn All About Wine!
Taste of Asia
$
614
-
$
818
6-8 people is all we need to make it a private party for you and your friends. Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively ... morethroughout 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.

Asia 1: 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) 

Asia 2: Thai Organic Chicken and Shrimp Lemongrass Coconut Soup, 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
Book a private party for you and your friends
Chocolate Tasting
$
240
-
$
1,200
You'll be surprised to discover how many unique flavors you can taste in chocolates crafted with cacao beans grown in different parts of the world. Along the way, you'll gain a deeper ... moreappreciation for how chocolate is made, all the steps involved in chocolate production that affect both flavor and texture, and how to tell the difference between high-quality chocolates and mass-market products.

Under the guidance of Beth Kirsch, Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur, you’ll explore the tastes of three milk chocolates and three dark chocolates (please note in the comments if your group prefers to taste more milk or more dark chocolate). Everyone in the group will receive a takeaway bag of Beth's Chocolate bark.
chocolate journey around the world

Team Building

best way for your team to connect and be inspired

Fresh Pasta Making
$
500
-
$
2,699
Grab your friends and book an evening to learn one of the most valuable and entertaining culinary skills around, creating fresh pasta! Once you have experienced freshly made pasta, ... morethe stuff from the box will never taste as appealing, and you can learn to create this delicious Italian staple at the instruction of an authentic Italian chef while creating a memorable evening with those closest to you! This class is somewhat unusual, as the majority of Boston cooking classes tend to shun traditional Italian cooking, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

As a group, you will learn how to make two different kinds of pasta from scratch. These are tortellini and gnocchi, both of which are absolutely amazing in their flavor and consistency. As we all know, it is not just the pasta that makes the dish but the sauce as well, so the evening will culminate in the creation of a deliciously authentic ragout! Afterward, the best part awaits you, which is enjoying a well-deserved indulgence in some delicious food coupled with a perfectly paired glass of wine!
Delicious Evening of Fun!
No Frills Dumplings
$
300
-
$
1,599
Looking for a great way for your team to connect and spend quality time together? The Asian Dumpling Party is an excellent option for bringing people together, as you will learn to ... morecreate to cook your own dumplings in a fun, informal setting!

Chef Chen 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!
A Fun-Filled Evening!
Italian Dinner with Teramisu Finale
$
500
-
$
2,699
Grab your friends and book an evening to learn one of the most valuable and entertaining culinary skills around! While the fresh salad and wonderful pasta dish created here is certainly ... morespectacular, the main draw of this class is learning how to make one of the most delicious Italian desserts in existence, Tiramisu! This beloved sweet treat consists of ladyfingers drenched in expresso. 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!
the most delicious desert

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