7 Seattle Culinary Classes to Try

These local kitchens will fill your belly with food and your brain with knowledge
| Updated: January 17, 2020

Not everyone is lucky enough to score a spot in one of The Pantry’s quick-to-fill cooking classes—it requires the sort of diligence only paralleled by scoring a reservation at Il Nido. But fear not, as there are plenty of culinary kitchens offering classes worth your attention. From cheesemaking to bread baking, here are the classes you should book stat: 

Market to Table – Tour and Cooking Class 
Explore Pike Place Market through the lens of a chef getting ready to cook a meal. Chef Traci Calderon takes class attendees through the iconic market, showing how to pick out the best seasonal ingredients. The class then moves on to the Atrium Kitchen in the market to prepare and enjoy a meal with Calderon in an interactive demo. Saturdays. 9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. $105. Downtown; atriumkitchenpikeplace.com  

Lunch Break Cooking Class 
Join Book Larder’s culinary director Amanda Coba during your next lunch break for an hour-long deep dive into a cookbook of Coba’s choice. In a matter of 60 minutes, Coba creates a three-course meal, while walking participants through her process and answering any questions along the way. Bonus: If you fall in love with the featured book after Coba’s meal, you may purchase it for 10% off the same day. Dates vary. noon–1 p.m. $30. Fremont; booklarder.com

Authentic Ramen at Home 
In these dreary winter months, there’s nothing better than making a huge bowl of ramen to warm you upand chef Kanako Koizumi is here to help. A native of northern Japan, Koizumi walks students through how to make the perfect bowl of ramen from various broths to traditional toppings. Dates, times and location vary. $65; pccmarkets.com 

Chicken 4 Ways 
Learn how to break down a whole chicken and prepare it into four different meals, all in the matter of three hours. Chef Diane LaVonne of Diane’s Market Kitchen makes sure you get your hands dirty at this cooking class, with recipes for chicken curry, chicken fajitas, chicken dijonaisse and roasted chicken with garlic. Dates and times vary. $115. Downtown; dianesmarketkitchen.com 

Sourdough 101 with Sea Wolf Bakers 
Full disclosure: These classes are sold out through March, but we couldn’t resist adding brothers Kit and Jesse Schumann’s sourdough baking class—those two make a mean loaf of bread. Sourdough is a tricky beast, so why not learn from the best? Keep your eyes peeled for class openings in April, they offer this specific class four times each month right in their bakeryPrices, dates and times vary. Fremont; booklarder.com

Knife Skills 
Sharpen your knife skills with the help of Hot Stove Society. Spend two hours finetuning techniques such as mincing, chopping, dicing, slicing and more. Plus, all knife skill classes include a demo of how to butcher at home and how to sharpen your knives. A glass of wine or beer along with a bowl of minestrone soup with Dahlia Bakery grilled cheese will be provided. Dates and times vary. $50. Belltown; hotstovesociety.com 

You had us at “unlimited cheese buffet,” River Valley Cheese. This hands-on class walks you through the process of making one of the creamiest and best cheeses out there—burrata. Burrata is a cow’s milk cheese originally from Italy made from mozzarella and cream with a gooey center. Aside from all-you-can-eat cheese buffet, you’ll also get to take home your own burrata. Dates and times vary. $159. Renton; rivervalleycheese.com

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