Get Cooking, Watertown!

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to try something new, we’ve got just the idea for all you foodies out there. No doubt you’ve taken advantage of the amazing culinary offerings in the Watertown area – now how about trying to cook some yourself? There’s a huge variety of cooking classes, technique workshops, and tastings available here in Watertown or just a few T stops away. Here are just a few to consider! 

  • Lucky for us, Middle Eastern cooking is a huge part of the Watertown landscape, and Kareem’s Restaurant at 99 Common Street has been at its forefront for decades. Chef and owner Ahmad offers classes in Arabic cuisine for beginners and aspiring pros alike, along with kids accompanied by an adult. Class topics can be customized to accommodate dietary restrictions, party themes, or individual preferences – plus everyone gets free dessert! More details and sign-up info here.

  • Sofra Bakery & Café on the Watertown-Cambridge line has been in the national culinary spotlight for years, thanks to Chef and Owner Ana Sortun’s unique take on Turkish cuisine. Classes typically focus on mastering Mediterranean cuisine, but have also included other techniques taught by local chefs like Flour Bakery’s Joanne Chang. All include a tasting of each recipe, along with wine pairings. Head to their website for more info.

  • If you’ve been dying to check out the new Eataly Boston, a cooking class could be the perfect way through the door! Eataly’s class schedule features everything from mastering regional Italian cooking to pasta making, to a skills series they call Back to Basics. They even offer a 10% discount anywhere in the complex for you to use after class! And if you really just want to check the place out and save the cooking for next time, sign up for a walking tour. The full schedule of classes, tastings and tours is available here.

  • Speaking of Italian food, Davis Square hot spot Dave’s Fresh Pasta has been offering sell-out cooking classes and tastings for over 10 years now. Along with traditional pasta making, their class offerings have expanded to include a wide range of cuisines, such as Greek, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai. Classes fill up very quickly; you may want to consider signing up for their emails to make sure you snag a spot. Click here for schedule and sign-ups.

  • You don’t have to have pro aspirations to take a class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts! While they do host professional courses of study, the school also offers a fantastic recreational catalogue aimed at all interests and skill levels. Browse their extensive offerings here.