|Vacation can be more than just relaxing from the stressors of the daily grind. Use this time to expand your cooking skills and have fun doing it. Whether you’re a master gourmand or a newb, taking a cooking class, or a few, while roosting in your vacation rental home is sure to create lasting memories.
Hot Stove Society
2000 4th Avenue, Seattle
Recently raved about in Food & Wine magazine, Hot Stove Society is the brainchild of superstar chef, Tom Douglas. Chef Douglas is the owner of 10 top Seattle restaurants and his cooking school is located in the Hotel Andra. Class levels range from demonstration-only (some with Tom Douglas himself) to classes that include a signed book, and essential skills classes with a meal. Many also include wine for those over 21. You can even arrange to have a private cooking class. Planning your vaca with the kids? As long as you’re with them, everyone can join in the fun. From $85 for a 2-hour class.
Diane’s Market Kitchen
1101 Post Alley, Seattle
Located in the Pike Place Market, Diane’s Market Kitchen is a state-of-the-art home-inspired kitchen. It has topnotch appliances wrapped in a comfortable vibe and located in the center of Seattle’s food scene. Classes include lunch and learn, soup and salad, cooking and eating local, and more. All classes include a beverage and often include a meal and recipes. Chef Diane is committed to locally sourced ingredients and has developed stellar relationships with her vendors not only in Pike Place Market, but also Ballard, University District, and other seasonal markets. From $49.50 for a 2-hour class.
River Valley Cheese
34920 SE Fall City-Snoqualmie Road, Fall City
Say cheese, and make some, too. These licensed artisan cheesemakers have a farm located just 26 miles east of Seattle. It’s full of cows, dairy goats, water buffalo, and even yaks. Classes include spreadable herb-studded French cheese, mozzarella, and goat cheese, plus gorgonzola, their signature tomme-style cheese, and even brie. Not only will you learn how to make the cheeses at home, you’ll leave with at least a pound of cheese and will be able to sample as you go along. These are hands-on classes that require you to get involved, which is part of the fun. Classes sell out every month, so book early. $145 for a 2-hour class.