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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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Don't let preparing risotto intimidate you! Our own ambassador of arborio, Diane Manteca, is here to show you how to master this Italian comfort classic. You'll stir yourself silly preparing some seasonal rice righteousness! Between you and me, there's probably a glass or two of vino to wash it all down with too. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/29/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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Some say you can wander the streets of Bangkok for a month and never eat the same thing twice. Take a tour of Thailand with Chef Panu Deewongse! A Thai native, Panu will lead students through easy to follow recipes for authentially Thai soups, salads, main courses, snacks, and even a cocktail or two! Join us and discover the dishes the locals love in this lively hands-on class.      

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Fri 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/30/2017

Instructor : Panu Deewongse 

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Take your outdoor dining to the next level by getting a hands-on lesson in preparing your own raw bar! Oysters will be just the beginning, as Chef Lars Liebisch shows you how to prepare shellfish, fish, dressings, sauces and more. What better way to celebrate the warmer months?

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/10/2017

Instructor : Lars Liebisch 

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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 : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/10/2017

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

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Burgers are such a simple pleasure, but Chef Stephen Marcaurelle will be here to take them to the sublime! You'll get hands-on learning how to make different styles of burgers, which cuts to use when grinding your own meat, communicating with your butcher, how to properly cook a burger, and you'll even make a few homemade condiments to slather on top. Someone in your world should be the go-to burger expert. Why not you?

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/11/2017

Instructor : Stephen Marcaurelle 

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The onset of summer calls for firing up the grill, and a whole new repertoire of recipes to enjoy outdoors!  A collection of dry rubs, marinades, homemade bbq sauces and picnic friendly salads can help make anyone’s summer more enjoyable. 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $22.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/11/2017

Instructor : Genevieve Forde  

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- Jambalaya (Rice with Vegetables, Sausage, & Shrimp) - Gumbo (Louisiana Stew) - Étouffée (Cajun/Creole Seafood in Gravy with Rice) The BCAE's own Cajun Queen, Diane Manteca, will lead this culinary Mardi Gras parade through our kitchens getting you hands-on creating these New Orleans classics. After a glass of something, Diane might even show off her Zydeco dancing prowess!* *Dancing definitely NOT guaranteed  

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/12/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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It's hot outside, you're ready to hit the outdoors, but you want your body to feel rejuvenated and ready for beach-body season. Thankfully, Lisa Kelly will be here to get you hands-on learning to make plant-based dishes that will help you tone up, purify, and get healthy. A great first step toward feeling and looking great!

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/12/2017

Instructor : Lisa Kelly  

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- Creole Potato Salad - Citrus Coleslaw - BBQ Baked Beans - Chili Lime Sauce  - North Carolina BBQ Sauce If you want to produce a bountiful BBQ spread, you’re going to have to do a little more than throw some meat on the grill. Join Chef Diane Manteca and learn how to make the side dishes that will make your next cookout unforgettable! 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/13/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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Do you love Indian food but are afraid to tackle it at home?  Do the foreign spices and unfamiliar list of beans and legumes intimidate you? Skip the takeout, put your fears aside and get ready to tackle some EASY Indian recipes, where you'll incorporate authentic and traditional techniques and ingredients. This is homemade comfort food that will leave you craving more!  

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/13/2017

Instructor : Shruti Mehta  

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Fresh fish always makes a tasty meal -- if it's cooked right!  But many home cooks find the thought of preparing fish at home fish to be daunting. Overcooked. Undercooked. Stuck to the bottom of the pan. Come learn Chef Lars Liebisch and learn how the pros prepare fish, all hands-on! You'll learn techniques from butchery, different cooking methods all the way to sauces and sides. Skills for a lifetime!

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Sat 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Lars Liebisch 

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To celebrate the release of his new book - Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques & Barbecue Wisdom, Chef Andy Husbands from Kendall Square's The Smoke Shop and the South End's Tremont 647, will be here for an exclusive class, getting you hands-on creating southern-style barbecue using his years of expertise and experience to guide you. Come get smoky in the BCAE kitchens for this one night only, not to be missed experience!  

Tuition: $70.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/17/2017

Instructor : Andy Husbands 

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