By Kelly Neilson
Philadelphia may have great restaurants, but it is also a great place to take a cooking class and even learn from the chefs preparing foods some of the city’s best restaurants. If you’re looking for a place to hone your culinary skills, visit one of the places below to learn anything from knife sharpening to cooking delicious Italian cuisine.
La Cucina at the Market
1206 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
La Cucina at the Market was founded by Anna Maria Florio, a chef born to Italian parents who grew up working in Italian kitchens and immersed in Italian culture. La Cucina at the Market used to be located in Reading Terminal, but had to move across the street for more room. For cooking Italian cuisine, you’ll want to book a class here. La Cucina at the Market offers classes for handmade pasta, Italian brunches and other Italian cuisine.
253 South Twentieth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cook is a 16-seat kitchen classroom that hosts rotating chefs from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. With its intimate setting, you’ll get a first-hand glimpse on how the food is prepared. Each months classes are posted the previous month and, because of the high interest and low class count, are likely to sell out. From pastry making to vegan cooking, you’ll learn from Philly’s most renowned chefs.
Culinary Literacy Center
The Free Library of Philadelphia offers cooking classes through its Culinary Literacy Center, which seeks to enhance literacy through food and nutrition. Founded in 2014, it offers over 350 classes a year for both adults and kids. Most of the classes are free, although some do come with a fee. The programs include knife skills, vegan and vegetarian foods and series for whole families.
Greengrow Community Kitchen
5123 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-2780 x6
Greengrow Farm’s Community Kitchen offers culinary instruction at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. Saturday afternoon during the Spring and Fall, local chefs offer culinary classes including the popular canning series in which Marisa McClellan of foodinjars.com teachers students how to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables. Other classes offered include cheese making, poultry butchering and the principles behind fermentation.
Wine School of Philadelphia
109 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Wine School of Philadelphia offers students courses on wine, beer brewing and culinary classes. From wine and cheese pairing to cooking classes, Keith Wallace prepares three new recipes using seasonal ingredients for preparation and instruction. Along with the food instruction, a sommelier prepares wine pairings to go along with the dishes and explains why each wine pairs perfectly with the dishes.
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