Cook Like a Pro with These 5 Culinary Classes

Not everyone can cook like Wolfgang Puck or Julia Child; but then again, not everyone has to be. Just having basic culinary skills can contribute to a healthier diet and make hosting a social event a walk in the park. As many of us move from the grill to the kitchen this fall, we may feel inclined to update our catalog of cuisine. Five upcoming cooking classes can help improve your competence in the kitchen.

Sur La TableFast, Fresh and Healthy
Friday, Sept. 9, Noon

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image: instagram.com/surlatable

Don’t let a diet stop you from eating food that tastes great. This class not only focuses on how to grill, bake and cook with beans and grains for more nutritious dinners, but also teaches attendees how to make cocoa zucchini cupcakes that serve as a delicious substitute for ice cream cake. Go

Elegant Eating Let’s Invite Company
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30pm

Instead of paying for a caterer to impress in-laws or friends from out of town, treat them to a five-star, home cooked meal. Think baked shrimp scampi, marinated beef tenderloin steaks with frizzled onions and individual molten chocolate cakes dressed in brown sugar whipped cream for a delectable end to the evening. Go

À la CarteKnife Skills
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6pm

Brunoise or fine brunoise? image: flickr.com/photos/vongole

image: flickr.com/photos/vongole

Have you ever wondered how chefs get their food to look picture perfect? A good way to start is by learning how to cut each item correctly. Not only does this class elevate the appearance of a dish, but it will also teach attendees how to cut prep time in half. Afterwards, put new skills to the ultimate test by creating the traditional chilled Spanish gazpacho (a cold tomato-based soup). Go

Culinary Academy of Long IslandCulinary Fundamentals
Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30am

Over the course of two days, culinary professionals teach the basics of chopping, sautéing and grilling so the next time attendees make dinner, the food will speak for itself. Extend the two-day class into a full-time cooking experience by enrolling in one of their professional cooking programs with a more technical approach in cuisine preparation. Go

SCCC; Riverhead CampusOven Baked Pasta
Friday, Sept. 30, 6pm

image: anandaBGD

image: anandaBGD

As the cool air sets in, arguably nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta. Instead of breaking out the same-old recipes add a couple of custom lasagna and veggie dishes into your repertoire. Go