The 10 Best Cooking Classes in Connecticut!

Enjoy a unique date, quality time with a family member, or a friends’ night out with a creative cooking class in Connecticut. Learn new recipes and gain culinary skills at the Nutmeg State’s best cooking classes. Whether you’re looking to become a master baker, an expert on European cuisine, or simply would like to bolster your basic skills, check out these 10 best cooking classes in Connecticut.  

1. White Gate Farm, East Lyme, CT

White Gate Farm boasts numerous farm-favorite events like their Dinners at the Farm and a farm stand selling fresh produce. In addition, they also offer cooking and practical kitchen skills courses such as canning tomatoes. Another tantalizing class is a foraging and cooking class run by a local ethnobotanist.

2. The Fig Cooking School, Hamden, CT

Fig Cooking School is perfect for home cooks, even those who are unwitting chefs. Learn new skills with the head instructor, Heide Lang, or the other talented cooking teachers. Courses can be taken frequently as menus change each season based upon the in-season local produce for the specialty dishes you create in the course. Vegetarian courses and private parties are also available. 

3. Jones Family Farms, Shelton, CT

This wonderful winery, farm, and foodie educational center offers a wide array of cooking classes taught by a registered dietitian-nutritionist. These courses focus on eating well, healthy cooking, and uses in-season, local grown produce. The courses are great for adults learning to cook or improve their skills in the kitchen. A number of courses are available including Tuscan Tonight, Santa Fe Fiesta, and more.

4. Foodology, Plantsville, CT

Foodology is a kid-friendly cooking school that also offers cooking classes for adults. Enjoy a family afternoon of cooking or send your kids to summer camp to learn cooking basics—imagine having your kids cook for you once and awhile! Their long list of cooking and baking classes include brunch, European cooking, and “Chopped” style competitions.

5. Cinch, Fairfield, CT

Learn how to make exquisite dishes from an accomplished chef at the classes offered at Cinch. Book into a cooking class in advance and learn how to cook a perfectly tender fish dish, Spanish tapas, Italian food, and more. Following all of your hard work, dine on your dish and feel free to BYOB.

6. Emilie Your French Chef, Fairfield, CT

Find the flavors of Europe on your plate with a French cooking class. Learn the tricky art of making sweet French macarons, delicious duck, or an apple tart tatin. Other course options are available, and for your convince, classes can be scheduled at your home as long as it is 30 minutes or less from Fairfield.

7. Chop Shop, Westport, CT

Take cooking from a necessary chore to a pleasurable adventure with a cooking class at Chop Shop. The small cooking classes, led by Karen in her kitchen, teach you how to create simple yet flavorful meals to more extravagant feasts. Classes include summer party bites, garden party, and more. Following the class, you’ll take home a recipe packet of all of the dishes you’ve created.

8. Taste of New Haven, New Haven, CT

Well-known for their food walking (and biking) tours, Taste of New Haven also offers two cooking class options with New Haven-based chefs. Learn to prepare fresh sushi with a course offered by Chef Bun Lai in his Woodbridge home. Students will even be taught to forage for edible wild plants. The second option from Taste of New Haven is a class with Chef Pat DeRiso from Ernie’s Pizzeria. In this class, you’ll learn the art of making the perfect Italian pizza and enjoy eating it at the end of the class.

9. Silo Cooking School, Washington, CT

Silo Cooking School is located in a historical barn that has been renovated to serve as a perfect educational kitchen. An impressive array of classes are offered here including cooking classes for kids, adults, and seasonal specials. Current adult classes include summertime focused meals that are fast to prepare as well as steak and focaccia classes.

10. Weekend Kitchen, Essex, CT

Weekend Kitchen is a cookery store that offers unique cooking classes that follow the whims of local chefs. Classes change frequently depending on the season and chefs’ interests, but currently they offer a healthy summertime Mexican class, summertime grilling class, and Pacific northwest inspired class. Yum!

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