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Looking to unleash your inner chef? Roll up your sleeves and join us in our state-of-the-art kitchens for hands-on cooking, baking, wine, and cocktail classes. You won’t find a better spot in Boston for hands-on cooking classes to quench any culinary appetite.

Whether you'd like to learn basic cooking techniques, create exotic meals for a dinner party, or sharpen your knife skills, the BCAE has you covered. If your interests lie mostly in liquids, try one of our cocktail or wine courses.

The BCAE also offers the opportunity to work side by side with chefs from your favorite restaurants (from Boston and beyond). Look through our list of interactive classes to see which celebrity chefs are teaching each term.

To see the description of a class, click on the class title link below. If the class you are interested in is full, you may put yourself on the wait list and we will contact you if space should become available.

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Are there lots of picky eaters in your family, who complain at the mere mention of vegetables? Whether it’s a veggie-hating child or a reluctant husband, we’ll create healthy, vegan meals that closely resemble their unhealthy, meat and dairy-based versions. Spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, Shepard’s pie…they all can easily be made plant-based and good-for-you, without your kids ever knowing the difference! We’ll learn about how to revamp all your favorite classic replaces and what kitchen staples to keep on hand that will have your family saying “I can’t believe it’s not dairy!".  

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/01/2017

Instructor : Lisa Kelly  

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Chef Alex Saenz of Bisq Restaurant & Wine Bar, is taking Cambridge (& Boston!) by storm with his famous fried chicken. With a combination of influences from his Peruvian heritage, to growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, he's making us Yankees crazy with his crunchy bird. Come join Alex for this once-only opportunity to learn his secrets to the greatest fried chicken imaginable, with all the sides to boot.   

Tuition: $70.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/01/2017

Instructor : Chef Alex Saenz 

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Stretching from the midnight sun of northern Norway to the flat, fertile fields of Denmark, Scandinavian food culture is a lot more varied than you might think. That said, several dishes and ingredients link all the regions together, bringing a uniquely Nordic food experience to life. Scandinavian food is simple, referred to as ‘husmanskost’ – farmer’s fare. It’s natural and honest, made with the staple produce found on the land. Come learn more in this hands-on cooking class where you will discover how to recreate this unique cuisine in your own kitchen. 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $22.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/02/2017

Instructor : Genevieve Forde  

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- A Variety of Steaks (including NY Strip, Lamb Steak & Pork Chops) - Homemade Condiments (including compound butters) - Vegetable Side Dishes - Pan Sauces Cooking a perfect piece of meat is one the great gauges of a cook's ability in the kitchen. Chef Lars Liebisch will be here to show you how to choose, prepare, season, and cook perfect steaks with incredible condiments & side dishes. You'll get an insider's look into vital techniques including pan selection, the all-important resting process and how to check for done-ness. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/02/2017

Instructor : Lars Liebisch 

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- Marinara Basil Sauce - Summer Basil Pesto - Gorgonzola and Proscuitto - Creamy Chicken and Wild Mushroom I think most of us could happily eat pasta every night of the week! Diane Manteca will make sure you've got some essential pasta sauces in your repertoire to give you the perfect excuse. Whether you're a beginner to Italian cuisine, or just looking to boost your arsenal, come learn from one of the masters of Italian home cooking. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/03/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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- Shreekhand (Thickened and Sweetened Yoghurt Dessert) - Potatoes with Stuffing - Chole (Curried Chickpeas) - Poori (Deep-fried Whole Wheat Bread) - Coconut Rice - Vegetable Pakora In a traditional Indian kitchen, there are some never-fail recipes that are handed down from generation to generation.  They incorporate all the basic spices and old world techniques but are deceptively simple to prepare.  In this class, each region of India will be represented with their own classic recipes. Come, explore this rich and varied cuisine!  

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/03/2017

Instructor : Shruti Mehta  

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- Grilled Pork, Lime & Cilantro Tacos - Burgers with Mozzarella, Spinach & Arugula Pesto - Thai Chicken and Mango Stir Fry - Oven Baked Mediterranean Salmon Back Pocket Dinners are meals you can make in short time and with just a few ingredients.  They are an important staple of everyday life for people who are busy but still enjoy eating at home.  Learn how to make the most of what you already have in your cupboard by simply adding some fish, chicken, or pasta that you can quickly pick up at the store on your way home from work.  No need to order takeout when you can create a delicious simple meal at home!  Join Chef Diane for an evening of good food and wine and good habits.  

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/04/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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Fig & Stilton Salad with Port Wine Dressing Chicken Lyonnaise Scones Cottage Pie Pimms Cup Like the rest of us, you're obsessed with the show, and your mouth waters every time the Granthams sit down for a meal. Come join our own Mrs Patmore & Daisy rolled into one, Genevieve Forde, as you get hands-on making some classic fare authentic to the food and cooking of the time. You'll all get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, but without the meddling glances of Thomas! 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $22.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/04/2017

Instructor : Genevieve Forde  

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Sushi is as much fun to make as it is to eat. In this class, you'll learn how to prepare different types of sushi such as maki, nigiri, and futomaki. You'll also get hands-on experience practicing rolling techniques. And because each ingredient used in making sushi is essential to a successful outcome, we'll spend time talking about how and where to shop for the highest-quality ingredients.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Fri 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/05/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 2.Kevin Chang  1.Ginny Chang 

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Italian food may be known for its meats, cheeses, and heavy pasta entrees, but it is also possible to capture many of these pungent and traditional Italian flavors in a vegan meal. In this course we will “veganize” many favorites like pasta fagioli, baked spinach arancini, eggplant rollatini, and white bean artichoke crostini. If you are a vegan or simply want to learn how to put a healthier twist on Italian cuisine, this is an excellent class for you. Mangia, the plant-based way! 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 1 session on 05/06/2017

Instructor : Lisa Kelly  

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Coda Restaurant has been a neighborhood mainstay of Boston's South End for the last ten years or so. Along with it's sister restaurants like SRV and The Salty Pig, it's been putting out some of the best food and drinks in the city. Executive Chef Francis Flores will be at the BCAE for the first time to get you hands-on learning his signature secrets of restaurant-quality comfort food that you can easily create at home. Come join us for this one time only, wine-fueled, delicious class.   

Tuition: $70.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/08/2017

Instructor : Francis Flores 

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Did you know that the world's first foodies weren't actually hipsters? They were wealthy ancient Romans and the best known was a man named Apicius, who was the inspiration for the world's first known cookbook and threw lavish parties for Caesar Tiberius. Apicius is at the center of Crystal King's debut novel, Feast of Sorrow (Touchstone Books, 2017), which is set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family. Join Crystal and Chef Patrick Campbell (previously of No. 9 Park and Cafe Art Science) for this culinary journey through history. Crystal will discuss her book and the world of food in ancient Rome, while Patrick will cook up creative, modern interpretations of the classic recipes represented in Feast of Sorrow.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/09/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 2.Crystal King  1.Patrick Campbell 

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