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20 Great Cooking Classes Around Maine
Ambrosia Cooking School
Classically trained chef Sharon Joyce offers seasonal demonstrations and hands-on classes beginning in May. Topics include appetizers, Maine seafood and international foods.
Public classes cost $50 to $70. Private classes are also available.
Black Tie Cooks
This offshoot of The Black Tie catering company offers hands-on and demonstration cooking classes in a professional kitchen, taught year-round by an assortment of chefs.
Class sizes range from 6 to 12. Prices start at $65.
The winery offers a series of themed wine-pairing and demonstration cooking classes throughout the year.
Seating is limited and events often sell out. Pairings cost $40; classes, $90.
Five Seasons Cooking School
Owner Lisa Silverman offers group and private classes at her location or in your home.
Classes are year-round and emphasize macrobiotic foods. Prices range from $30 to $45.
Girl Gone Raw
Artist and blogger Elizabeth Fraser periodically offers classes on preparing foods for a raw diet.
Each series of three classes costs $65.
Hartstone Inn and Hideaway
The inn’s chef/owner Michael Salmon offers classes at the inn between November and May, and conducts private classes by appointment for individuals and groups year-round.
Pricing ranges between $45 and $60, with accommodation packages available.
Jillyannas Wood-Fired Cooking School
Owner Jill Strauss converted her kitchen and patio into a classroom to provide classes featuring Italian food and techniques in wood-fired oven cookery.
Classes are capped at 8 participants, run about 3 hours, and cost $150.
Monthly classes are held at the store’s second-floor kitchen, are limited to 6 participants and cost $35.
Maine Adult Education
Classes are offered in communities throughout the state. Use this central search engine to find classes of varying subject matter, size and price.
Maine Kitchen Cooking School
R.M. Flagg is a food service and restaurant equipment and smallwares outfit that recently opened this school to offer demonstrations and cooking classes taught by local chefs.
Base price for a class is $40.
Mirabelle House is offering cooking classes, day trips and demonstrations taught by established chefs from up and down the east coast. Stay for the weekend or join a class for the day.
Prices vary. Please check their website for schedule and prices.
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Now You’re Cooking
The kitchen store conducts classes each evening, taught by staffers, local chefs and food writers at the store’s demonstration kitchen.
Classes are limited to 8 people and cost $45 to $60.
Pairings at Winterport Winery
Resident chef Ryan Cough creates custom menus for private classes of 6 to 12 students, held in the winery’s kitchen.
Rosemont butchers and bakers periodically team up with local chefs to conduct classes that focus on local food prepared via worldwide culinary traditions.
Classes vary by size, price and frequency but are always advertised on Rosemont’s web site.
Salt Water Farm
Classes conducted between June and October are led by farm owner Annemarie Ahearn, a classically trained chef, and emphasize the pleasure that comes from
harvesting and preparing food from your own backyard. Classes are limited to 8 people and cost $125 for single-topic 4-hour classes, and $525 for 4-day workshops.
Schoodic Arts for All
This community group hosts hands-on workshops throughout the year and during its summer festival in July and August. The 4-hour classes generally cost $45.
Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School
Owners Michael and Sandy Jubinsky teach a variety of baking classes using a traditional stone oven, and also bring in experts from around the country to do intensive classes.
All classes are capped at 10 participants, run for 6 hours, and generally cost $80; special events cost more. Multiple-day intensive classes run $450.
Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School
York and Portland
The well-known specialty food company offers daily classes conducted by local chefs, food celebrities, cookbook authors and a crew of in-house culinary instructors. Class size ranges from 8 to 38; prices from $45 to $75.
Table Culinary Programming
Classes put on by Table feature talented chef-instructors from the Kennebunkport Inn, Abbondante, Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn, The Lodge on the Cove, David’s KPT and Earth at Hidden Pond. In each class, participants will glean information about technique, working with luxurious ingredients and choosing appropriate beverage pairings.
Prices range between $40 and $55, with special dinner events costing $105.
Ten Apple Farm
Homesteaders Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz conduct seasonal workshops in basic homesteading skills, including cheese making, baking, poultry slaughter and processing, and preserving and canning.
Sometimes they charge a small fee, but not always.
University of Maine, Cooperative Extension
The Extension offers a variety of canning and preservation workshops year-round at several locations across the state.
Classes are $15 plus the cost of ingredients.
The White Barn Inn
Students work as active members of the inn’s kitchen staff, preparing recipes for evening service.
The cost is $215 per person for the cooking class or $315 per person for the class and a four-course dinner.