How to improve your food IQ: Where to learn about chocolate, cheese and more

Want to improve your culinary literacy? Dozens of classes around town can help boost your knowledge about all things food and drink.
Friday, April 9, 2010

We all have a few die-hard food fans lurking in our social circles. You've probably seen them at parties. They show up with perfectly prepared hors d'oeuvres and fantastic bottles of wine. They can tell you about all the best restaurants in town and make exotic recipes sound stunningly simple.

You, too, could walk among these gastronomic greats. Experts around town pull back the veil on their culinary passions at classes that draw scores of food-loving Washingtonians. In the stories that follow, we'll tell you where you can go to learn about cocktail mixing, cheese pairing, beer tasting, chocolate making, cupcake decorating, cooking for vegetarians or preparing dinner in a flash. We know, we're making you hungry.

-- Julia Beizer

Cupcake class at Hello Cupcake

Cheese and wine classes at Cheesetique

The Harried Chef series at Hill's Kitchen

Chocolate classes at Artisan Confections

Beer Class for Beginners at GiraMondo

Cocktail seminars at The Passenger in Washington

Vegetarian Entrees at L'Academie de Cuisine

Going Out Gurus blog: More classes that caught our attention

From the archives: The Food section's 2009 cooking class listings

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