When you were a kid it was summer camp; now it's up to you to find a fun way to learn something new (and get your hands dirty) this summer—how about a cooking class? Below are our top picks for mastering everything from grilling to health-conscious cooking.
Sign up to take classes on Italian home cooking at La Cucina at the Market.
Make Pasta from Scratch at La Cucina at The Market Is learning to hand-make pasta on your bucket list? If so, head over to La Cucina for a lesson in creating the perfect pasta—starting from the mixing to the final cutting—and preparing delicious summer sauces. June 23 from 6:15-8:30 pm. Register online here. 310 S. 48th St., 215-922-1170
Perfect a Lamb Dish at COOK The 16-seat room is offering a class just for meat lovers. Chef Brett Romberg of Mainland Inn in Harleysville will appear for the first time to show guests how to cook a bevy of lamb dishes—he'll even show you how to break down the whole lamb, using only organic ingredients and grass-fed meats. June 28 at 6 pm. Register online here. 253 S. 20th St., 215-735-2665
Learn Grilling Basics at Viking Cooking School Summertime is all about the barbecues, so now is the time to learn (or brush up on) some grilling skills. You'll start with preparing the grill, what temperature to heat it, and how to make barbecue hits like baby-back ribs, low-and-slow pulled pork, and classic sides like Carolina coleslaw—by the end of it, you’ll be the grill master for all your summer cookouts. June 25 from 4-9 pm. Register online here. 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, 609-441-5228
Discover Healthy Cooking at Sur La Table This tutorial will teach you how to make recipes that are not only delicious, but also great for your body (and your waistline). You’ll leave knowing how to incorporate healthy ingredients into all of your favorite dishes, plus how to make your own vinaigrette and compound butter. July 12 from 6-8 pm. Reserve online here. 609 W. Dekalb Pk., King of Prussia, 800-243-0852
Master the Art of Cocktails at Vetri Ristorante Mr. Le from Hop Sing Laundromat is a legend of sorts here in Philly. Not only will you learn how to make and serve cocktails like a pro, you’ll also be the first to try some of his latest signature cocktails. Seats are limited and a reservation is required, so hurry and apply. Oh, and as the rules go: no pictures permitted. June 29 at 6:30 pm. Reserve online here. 1312 Spruce St., 215-732-3478