Fall Cooking Classes

Even if school days are a way-distant memory, most of us still feel that urge to break out the backpack and new fall threads at that first feeling of chill in the air. But being too old for school doesn’t mean you can’t still learn something new – how about grabbing an apron and digging into some snazzy new cooking techniques instead? There’s a wide variety of cooking classes, workshops, and tastings happening both in Watertown or just a few T stops away. Check it out:

Sofra Bakery and Café on the Watertown-Cambridge border is the brainchild of owner and chef Ana Sortun, also known for her restaurants Oleana and Sarma. Sortun’s inventive menu at Sofra spans Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek cuisines, all of which are featured in her cooking class schedule. Classes typically center on mastering certain elements of Mediterranean cooking, as well as more practical topics like how to tackle weeknight meals. Classes are demonstration style, and all include food and beverage pairings. Head to the Sofra website for more information.

Watertown restaurant owner Ahmed Kareem believes it’s more important to learn how food groups go together rather than simply how to follow a recipe; that’s the philosophy behind his cooking classes at his longtime local favorite Kareem’s Restaurant.  Available for groups of 8 or more, Kareem’s classes are based around Arab and Syrian dishes and include everything from beef, poultry, and fish selections to vegetarian and vegan options. He’ll teach you how to shop for the freshest ingredients, as well as how to create what he calls the perfect balanced Middle Eastern meal. You can find registration and other info here.

Davis Square hotspot Dave’s Fresh Pasta has been offering some of the most popular cooking classes in the area since they first opened over 20 years ago. Along with lessons in traditional pasta making, DFP classes cover a wide range of topics, including Greek and Asian cuisine, Spanish tapas with wine pairings, and specialty holiday-themed topics like The Great Pumpkin Cooking Class at Halloween. Be warned, though  – classes at Dave’s are popular and fill up quickly! We recommend signing up for their emails to get the first crack at their fall schedule.

The Back Bay’s Eataly Boston has quickly become a huge attraction for visitors and locals alike, with its array of high-end restaurants and food hall vendors. Their classes and tastings center on Italian food and wine, but also occasionally branch out into specialty topics (see their Gin Academy class). Their Back to Basics pasta making series is fantastic and always a sell-out. Plus, all classes offer a 10% shopping discount good anywhere in Eataly on the day you’re there - so you might get some shopping in, to boot (shameless Italy pun)! Check out the full schedule here.

Finally, don’t forget about the professional-level classes offered at the nearby Cambridge School of Culinary Arts! And when we say professional level, we don’t mean you need to be an aspiring chef to sign up; while the CSCA does host a vocational program, they also offer a recreational catalog aimed at all interests and skill levels. Browse their extensive offerings on their website.