Mom wasn’t right – you can play with your food! I’d love to have Mario Batali prepare fresh pasta for me daily, but in the meantime, I’ll learn to make it myself. Taking a cooking class by a pro in New York City is a real treat. If you want a fun filled foodie activity, engage all your senses and prepare your own meal.
Aunt Jake’s (151 Mulberry Street) This contemporary addition to Mulberry Street is a homemade pasta lover’s paradise. With ten different pasta shapes and ten unique sauces to choose from, Aunt Jake’s lets you create your perfect pasta masterpiece. Clear your schedule so you can try them all! Making things even sweeter are the pasta courses taking place on the second floor starting April 17th. Prepare to get your hands dirty, make fresh pasta and dine on your creation. Two hour classes will be held three days a week for just $25. Check website for details.
La Scuola – Eataly (2 locations) Yes, you can master all aspects of Italian culture right here in New York City. Learn about a region, pizza, wine, pasta and even make the perfect ragu. Classes start at $50 and a full calendar is posted on their website. After class, pick up all the ingredients you need from their market to duplicate that meal at home. I like the “Hands-on Pizza Party with Rossopomodoro.” You get to participate in a pizza making workshop, sample a Neopolitan antipasto and four different Rossopomodoro pizzas made in Eataly’s wood-burning ovens. Each course is served with selected wine and beer pairings ($125). You just may think you went to Naples for two hours.
Camaje (85 MacDougal Street) This hidden French-American gem offers cooking classes in the kitchen during regular business hours. Classes include sushi basics, a taste of Thai, seafood in Chinatown and Indian vegetarian options. Most classes are $125 but if you’ve been dying to master knife skills, become a pro in a two hour course for $100. Check out “Dinners In The Dark” with your most adventurous friends. For $95 you will smell, touch and taste your way through five courses with wine while blindfolded. The menu isn’t presented until the blindfolds come off and you meet your dining companions. The tiny dimly lit dining room is perfect for special occasions.