If you’re hoping to liven up your holiday menus but could use a little help in the kitchen or behind the bar, look no further. Festive cooking classes abound and will assist you in elevating your offerings this season.
From welcoming cocktails to delicious desserts, sweet and savory sessions are available at a range of price points throughout the area.
Grab your apron and take a look. Bon appétit!
Holiday Baking at Ridgewood Culinary Studio in Ridgewood
From December 11, 2017 7:00 pm until December 11, 2017 9:00 pm
Learn to create 3 different kinds of holiday cookies. Everyone will go home with 1 dozen to share with friends and family. Bring containers. Register here.
Easy Holiday Appetizers at Ridgewood Culinary Studio in Ridgewood
December 18, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Entertaining is stressful over the holidays. In this class you will learn to make 3 different hearty appetizers to wow your friends and family. Register here.
Fresh Pasta for the Holidays at Ninety Acres Cooking School in Peapack
During this workshop on December 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’ll learn how to prepare a variety of homemade pasta dishes that can be made ahead and frozen for holiday guests. These dishes are so delicious, you’ll probably want to prepare them throughout the winter and save for family on a cold night.
Cheese Ravioli with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Cannelloni with Spinach, Prosciutto and Parmesan cheese
Fennel and Citrus Salad with Bleu Cheese and Walnuts
Pannetone Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
The cost is $130 per person. To register, visit Ninety Acres’ website or call 908-901-4714.
Holiday Open House at Ninety Acres Cooking School
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 3rd
Instructor: Blake Swihart
So many of us entertain for the holidays but our door is always open. This menu is designed to feed all of those you are entertaining, with little hassle to you. These delicious plates allow you to impress your guests but still have plenty of time to spend with them.
Goats Cheese & Tomato Jam Quesadillas
Curried Beets & Apples in Endive Spoons
Chorizo-stuffed Dates wrapped in Bacon
Guacamole & Shrimp Martinis
Celery Root Soup Shooters
Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls
Pulled Lamb Sliders w/ BBQ Sauce on Buns
Individual Ginger Pear Crisps
Holiday Cookie Class at Classic Thyme in Westfield
There’s nothing like giving the gift of homemade holiday cookies. Learn some new recipes on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Raspberry Almond Biscotti
Sicilian Sesame Cookies
Chocolate Pecan Rugelach
Dulce de Leche Alfajores Bars
Soft Sugar Cookies
Spiced Apple Drop Cookies
The cost is $85 per person. To register, visit Classic Thyme’s website or call 908-232-5445.
Vegan Holiday Snacks at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills
Lighten up your menu with these vegan snacks that are sure to please the palates of all your guests. From tasty appetizers to a scrumptious dessert, the class covers plenty of favorites on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Pigs Safe in Blankets
Pignoli Amaretti Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
The cost is $60 per person. To register, visit Kings Cooking Studio’s website or call 973-258-4009.
Soups & Stews at The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station
After the holidays are over, you’ll need to fight off those winter blues with some soups and stews. Lucky for you that Ryland Inn Executive Chef Chris Albrecht will be instructing a hands on class all about Soups & Stews!
The cost is $45 per person. To register, visit The Ryland Inn’s website or 908-534-4011.
January 17, 7 p.m.