Beautifully brined turkeys, delicious pumpkin pies, fluffy mashed potatoes…If the idea of cooking a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner like this makes you sweat with insecurity, why not get started bolstering your skills to wow ‘em next year? Denver offers a host of cooking classes, from sushi-making to simply learning the basics.
Wannabe chefs can take classes held at prominent cooking schools or even at a handful of prestigious restaurants, including Panzano, Stoic & Genuine, and Izakaya Den. Junior chefs, too, can learn cooking basics at various venues, such as the Children’s Museum of Denver.
Recently, The Spruce Eats cooking website rated the many options. Below, their findings:
Best overall: Stir Cooking School. Located in LoHi, the school offers a wide range of cooking choices, from learning to cook vegan, to making dishes from Thailand, Greece, and Italy. Cooking classes last about three hours: two hours to whip up a meal and one hour to enjoy it with the members of your group.
Best for Skill Building: Cook Street. From knife skills to learning basic techniques for making sauces, bread, French dishes, and more, this is the place for novices to get started. Cook Street offers classes held over multiple nights. They also have classes for your kids, from age eight to teenagers.
Best for Italian: Panzano. The highly-rated Italian restaurant offers one-night cooking classes whose descriptions alone will make your mouth water. Coming up December 11, the restaurant offers a “Winter Truffle Celebration,” with an “emphasis on fresh pasta making.”
Best for Kids: Create Cooking School. It’s not too soon to start thinking of summer! Create offers week-long, three-hour summer camps for kids, third grade to eighth grade. Participants will learn how to “grill, sauté, poach, bake, chop, and more.” Last summer’s menu included French, Mexican, Italian, and Cuban cuisine, and much more.