Learn from the pros at these local classes

Unleash your inner cook at one of these cooking...
Learn from the pros at these local classes

Making good food isn’t reserved just for culinary-trained experts. Put your passion for food into practice with an in-person cooking class. Madison has a handful of professionals eager to stir up some inspiration you can bring back to your own kitchen.

Bowen Close of Bowen Appetit offers an Italian Date Night (February 13) class at FEED Kitchens. where you will learn how to wrap dates in prosciutto and stuff them with chevre, prepare a wintry salad of shaved fennel and orange, make spinach risotto with lemon and nutmeg and top off the evening by creating a salted chocolate torte with crème fraiche whipped cream.

Sure, you could be makin’ whoopee this Valentine’s Day weekend, or you could be Makin’ Bacon with your best guy or gal over at The Conscious Carnivore. Master butcher Dave Gathy is offering up some bacon education (February 12) around his table while you enjoy beer, wine, coffee or a bottle of Wisco Pop. Learn how to cure and season a slab of bacon your own way–something Korean, perhaps? Or maybe Italian? Gathy will then smoke it and Cryovac seal it for you to pick up later.

Spend an evening in Paris at Chez Nanou on Williamson Street. This is indeed an intimate gathering for the fortunate four who sign up first. Cook with owner and Lyon native, Anne-Marie “Nanou” Rieunier (February 22) French onion gratinee soup, buckwheat crêpes (savory) and wheat crêpes (sweet) and the pièce de resistance, lavender crème brûlee!

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