Sunday, September 24, 2023

Like Cooking Classes? You Live in the Right Place

  • West Palm Beach Food Tours: This cooking class and market tour is unique to West Palm Beach. It features a group trip to the city greenmarket, where you meet farmers and then a stop at cookbook author Judith Olney’s home in Flamingo Park, for a hands-on cooking class and lunch. Upcoming classes: Feb. 1, Feb. 29, March 14, March 21. Tickets are $95 per person and available here:
    • There are also other tours available: a downtown WPB tour ($69) and a historic WPB neighborhood food tour ($79). 
  • Sur La Table, all locations: This beautiful cooking store chain has innovative and inexpensive kitchen gadgets as well as pricey foodie machines and more. It’s also known for the popular cooking classes that focus on subjects such as sushi at home, essentials of bread baking, gnocchi from scratch, date night classes, cast iron cooking & care, knife skills, the art of croissants, classic French desserts and much more. Date night classes feature different cultures: An Italian Affair, Metropolitan Grill, Springtime in Paris, South American Flavor… you get the drift. There are family fun classes (pizza!), and 10 skills for the new year (Jan. 25), Thai cooking (Jan. 26), recipes with WW (Weight Watchers) reimagined (Jan. 27). Suffice it to say, you’ll find something you’re interested in. Costs generally run from $59 to $79 per person, depending on the class. Fun is guaranteed, and so is a delicious experience. Store locations include: Mizner Park, Rosemary Square, Downtown at the Gardens and many more in SoFla.
  • Publix Aprons Cooking School: We are lucky to have one of the Publix cooking schools in our back yard. Offering classes for adults and children, the subjects range from a pasta making workshop (Jan. 26) to Sushi 101 (Jan. 28) to India for the Evening (Jan. 31) and more. Every month, there are classes from $40 to $100 per person, depending on the class. A plus: You can watch the cooking classes free online! Aprons Cooking School, 5050 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton; 800/242-1227;

Go back in time for some mead and Renaissance Fest fun

Hear ye, hear ye! 2020 Florida Renaissance Festival runs for seven weekends, from Feb. 8 to March 22, from 10 a.m. till sunset. Now’s your chance to try mead and Scotch eggs, meat pie and shepherd’s pie while you watch a Celtic celebration or witches and wizards, or time travelers, Vikings, or Tudors from King Henry VIII time. Each weekend has a theme and food to match, along with the usual fried Twinkies, pork parfaits of usual-fair folk. And lots of period-accurate costumes. 

It all takes place at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, 401 S. Powerline Road;

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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