Love food? Love hands-on experiences? Make them part of your date night, weekend excursion or vacation fun. Let's get stirring, chopping, mixing and tasting with these fun and delicious cooking classes in Denver.
In this food-obsessed city, you’ll find unmatched culinary expertise, unique local ingredients and creative, urban settings — plus opportunities to bond with friends, loved ones and family. Whether you're learning to cook at a popular Denver restaurant or in a gourmet cooking school, you're guaranteed a new and delicious experience. Please check websites in advance for class availability, dates, rates and details.
COOKING CLASSES AT DENVER RESTAURANTS
Go straight to the source of Denver’s best meals at these favorite local restaurants, which open their kitchens to students on a regular basis.
Bonanno Concepts Chef Cooking Series
Chef Frank Bonanno is one of Denver’s most famous culinary personalities, with 11 establishments under Bonanno Concepts and a Food Network Challenge championship to call his own. Bonanno Concepts hosts about 10 classes a year at its various restaurants, from how to make lobster mac n’ cheese (the winning recipe of the aforementioned challenge) at Mizuna to baking sweet and savory pies at Wednesday’s Pie. Each class offers the opportunity to learn from top chefs. Plus, it ends in a three-course dinner with beer and wine pairings.
Every month, Milanese-born chef Andrea Frizzi invites 12 students into the kitchen to learn the magic behind the scintillating Italian dishes that have made his restaurant Il Posto a Denver favorite. It happens on second Saturdays at the restaurant, and partipants can expect to get hands-on experience while learning techniques such as stirring up a melt-in-your-mouth risotto or rolling delectable, pillow-like gnocchi.
Panzano Restaurant is a locals’ favorite Italian restaurant. Find out their secret sauce (figuratively and literally) at their on-site classes. Panzano’s team of chefs each take their turn teaching the techniques that make the restaurants food so divine. You’ll need to plan ahead for this one, as they are so popular they sell out way in advance.
Stoic & Genuine
Known for their melt-in-your-mouth seafood dishes, Stoic & Genuine now runs a School of Fish cooking class on the first Saturday of every month. Over two hours, you’ll delve into different types of seafood (one class focuses on mackerel, sardines and anchovies while another on oysters, for example) and learn the history and economics of the species before practicing classic and modern cooking techniques.
SLICED! Sushi Making at Izakaya Den
Go behind the scenes of highly regarded sushi restaurant, Sushi Den, and its sister restaurant, Izakaya Den, to learn their chefs’ secrets in creating all styles of sushi rolls and nigiri sushi. Then enjoy the company of your fellow classmates during a feast of more than 20 pieces of sushi, plus miso soup and green tea.
The Sushi Series at Zengo
Join Zengo's master sushi chef and sake sommelier for a hands-on sushi rolling experience you'll never forget. Each sushi roll will be paired with the perfect sake, making this an ideal date-night activity.
GOURMET COOKING CLASSES IN DENVER
These folks are Denver’s most revered culinary gurus and mentors — and they’re ready to pass on their knowledge to you.
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
This elegant and inviting downtown cooking school is so beautiful and well outfitted, you might find yourself drooling over the kitchen equipment and wood-fired oven before you even start with the food. For both the home cook and those on a professional track, Cook Street classes that are sure to pique your interest. From baking gourmet cookies to how to cook a holiday feast to lessons in beer, wine and spirits — there are dozens of options to choose from.
Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar
At this Centennial-based venue, the focus is on the journey of bringing a meal together in every aspect. You’ll be part student, part chef and part diner throughout your dining “event” (as they refer to their classes). Another big focus is on the accompanying wine, which is built in as part of the educational aspect. Uncorked Kitchen’s unique slant on cooking classes make them particularly fun and community driven.
The Seasoned Chef
The Seasoned Chef is cleverly taking advantage of Denver’s exploding culinary scene by bringing the city’s top chefs into its classrooms. A full calendar of basic skills classes, courses on specific dishes such as paella and intensives around a particular culture mean there’s always variety on the menu. Classes are casual and food is enjoyed family-style, with students dining together and complimentary wine available.
Almost Vegan Cooking School
There’s hardly a more charming setting for a cooking class than owner Debbie Devore’s blue-and-white-tiled home kitchen. Her Almost Vegan Cooking School classes are as delightful, with a very personal approach and feel-good vegan foods. Learn how to create an entire Mediterranean feast or simple, healthy desserts like her beloved vegan dream cream ice cream.
Sur La Table
One of the most popular venues for Denver cooking classes, Sur La Table is way more than just a kitchen supply store with covetable culinary tools. Their gleaming, in-store kitchen welcomes you to express your inner Bobby Flay or Giada De Laurentiis with an ongoing selection of topics from how to grill seafood to perfection to mastering fried chicken.
Stir Cooking School
This Highlands neighborhood school is in a lovely historic building and is open to all levels, from novices to professionals. Classes run two to three hours for a fun-filled, interactive experience and are offered on a variety of topics including baking, gluten-free cooking, cocktail-making, date-night dishes, vegetarian food and international cuisine.
Centered Cooking + Dance Studio
Nutrition specialist Dianne Morin and dance instructor Jasmine Martinez bring their two passions together under one roof at Centered Cooking + Dance Studio in Lakewood. Somehow it works, this bringing together of movement, mindfulness and health through dance and cooking. Check out a full schedule of combo classes, including a Bollywood lesson in which students work up an appetite on the dance floor before moving to the kitchen to learn how to create a healthy snack.
Kitchen Table Cooking School
Taste your taste buds on a tour around the world with the Kitchen Table Cooking School’s regional series, and go from Argentina to Sicily. Want something a bit more basic? The school has an impressive lineup of skills classes for learning everything from how to wield your kitchen knives to how to sauté. Popular couples and cooking with your kids classes round out the offerings — and it all happens under the guidance of friendly, talented instructors.
Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
This respected culinary institute, located in the foodie haven of nearby Boulder, offers a handful of courses for the casual cook each month. Try your hand at the cuisine of the Cote d’Azur, Indian cooking or date-night dishes — and know that your instructors at Escoffier are of the highest caliber.
COOKING CLASSES FOR KIDS
Little ones love to stir, pour, pat, sift and generally make a mess in the kitchen. Almost all of the schools listed above offer cooking classes for kids — from Escoffier’s teen techniques workshop to Sur La Table’s Science of Cooking for Kids — and the following are specially designed for youngsters to foster healthy eating and life skills.
Sticky Fingers Cooking
At Sticky Fingers Cooking, all cooking instructors share a lifetime love of cooking and a passion for cooking with kids. A great summer, spring or winter break activity. Added bonus: you don't have to clean up afterwards.
Stir It Up
Hands on fun in Boulder! From after-school classes to summer cooking camps, Stir It Up's pantry is full of options for kid cooks of all levels. Girls Scouts can complete a program to earn a special cooking badge, kiddos can build gingerbread houses around the holidays, or sign them up for junior chef summer camp.