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Guide to Recreational Cooking Classes & Vacation Programs

Unabridged, continually updated guide to hobby cooking and ethnic food classes and vacations to learn international culinary skills, with 994 programs
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OLIO - The Florence School of Olive Oil
The ultimate food experience in Florence: become your own olive oil and balsamico expert, enjoy a cooking class or pastry class at my new apartment. Scroll the menu on my website and you will find the right food experience for you


Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Holidays
3 and 5 night Italian culinary vacations that include hands-on cooking lessons, wine tours, olive tours, guided tour to medieval villages....


Divina Cucina
Market tours with lunch, week-long cooking programs, food-lover's walking tours.


Pizza School NYC
Yes, you can make incredible pizza in your home kitchen and here's where you'll learn how. You'll start by making dough...


Prosecco Region of Italy Tour
Small group tour to off the beaten path Italy. Prosecco Tour includes regional cooking class, charming villages, vineyard tour and several...


Cakebread Cellars
Participation Cooking Classes.


The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking
1-4 session classes demonstration & hands-on style courses


Private Cooking Classes and Dinners in Tuscany
Directly to your Holiday Home in Tuscany for Private Cooking Classes and Dinners. Full Service: Shopping; Coming to you; Cooking for you; Serving at the table; Cleaning...


Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
Mostly 1 session hands-on courses. 1 demonstration class per week. 3 session "Beginning Cooking" classes & 12 session "Essence of Cooking"...


Vino Venue/Atlanta Wine School
Cooking classes for all levels and wine classes for all levels


Wilde Kitchen
A unique insight into a french country kitchen - cookery classes and courses, residential/non-residential


Amalfi Coast Tours
We offer our cooking class in a restaurant located above Positano with spectacular views overlooking the bay of Positano and Capri...


Artisanal and Advanced Cheesemaking Classes
One-day and three-day hands-on cheesemaking courses using sheep, goat, and/or cow milk.

CA, CO, DC, MD, MD, ME, NJ, NM, NM, TX, TX, VT, Belize, Bermuda

Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures
7-, 10- & 12-day hands-on culinary vacations in Morocco: A Feast for the Senses / Tuscany: La Cucina al Focolare /...

India, Italy, Morocco, Spain

Wine Lovers Tours
7/9-day tours that feature winery visits, gourmet meals, cultural activities.

CA, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, France, Georgian Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay

Willamette Valley Kitchen Co.
Cooking classes on a variety of subjects are held on a weekly basis in the kitchen of Willamette Valley Kitchen Co.,...


Relish Culinary Adventures
Programs include wine country cuisine, ethnic specialties, wine & spirits, children's workshops, private cooking parties, corporate team-building events. Venues include wineries,...


Wine Country Cooking School
Hands-on Saturday cooking classes and five-day Culinary Vacations (July & August), focusing on food, wine & seasonal ingredients.


Sono Marcella-Perugia
Private hands-on cooking classes


Sydney Seafood School
Hands-on courses in seafood cookery


La Dolce Vita Wine Tours
Educational wine tours in Italy, Spain & Portugal. Sample the best of Barolo, Brunello, Super Tuscans & more. Small groups (2-14),...

Italy, Italy, Portugal, Spain

African Relish Recreational Cooking School
Cooking classes and foodie or foragin tours that focus on South Africa's culinary influences. Includes excursions to farmers, artisan food producers,...

South Africa

The Bordeaux Wine Experience
The Bordeaux Wine Experience specializes in wine and culinary tours in Bordeaux and is generally considered as the leading Bordeaux wine...


Auberge du Vin Wine Weekends
Everything about Provence- food, and especially wine!Four teaching sessions that include tasting, assessing & discussing different wines complemented by visits to...


Les Petites Gourmettes Children's Cooking School
4- & 5-day hands-on courses for youngsters ages 8-17


Hands-on Cooking Classes in Provence with Chef Philippe
2018 MEDITERRANEAN FLAVORS MASTER CLASS. Welcome to Chef Philippe cooking school in Provence. An unforgettable culinary vacation experience in the Land...


Kevin Zraly's Advanced Wine School
Advanced Wine Classes at Sherry-Lehmann, NYC on Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Rhone, Italy, and more.


Cooking With Giuliano Hazan in Northern Italy
Hands-on classes & gastronomic field trips that include the Allegrini winery (producer of Amarone), a risotto mill, an olive oil frantoio,...


Mexican Home Cooking School
7-day & customized hands-on cooking vacations. Includes cultural aspects of Puebla, 5-day cooking course and a Mexican home stay. Side trips,...


Additional Resources
Food and Wine Organizations: Learn about the services, activities, and membership benefits of the leading culinary and wine organizations.
How to Choose a Cooking Vacation: Seven questions to help you select the right one.

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The ultimate food experience in Florence: become your own olive oil and balsamico expert, enjoy a cooking class or pastry class at my new apartment. Scroll the menu on my website and you will find the right food experience for you

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