After a long, hot summer that spills over into fall, we’re all ready for the weather to cool down and signal the start of holiday baking season. Get your kids into the spirit with these local cooking and baking classes.
Mobile culinary school Kitchen Kid (www.kitchenkid.com) brings cooking and baking fun to families all over Los Angeles with its on-site offerings that combine arts and crafts with hands-on kitchen action. Upcoming holiday-themed workshops in Santa Monica include “Sides and Pies: A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving” in November, and “Christmas Morning With A Taste of Hanukkah Eve” in December. $80 each, reservations required. Kitchen Kid also offers in-home classes where they provide ingredients, supplies and materials, and you provide the kitchen and aspiring chefs.
Purveyor of all things culinary Sur la Table (www.surlatable.com) occasionally offers family-themed cooking classes at many of its locations. Upcoming offerings at the Farmers Market store (6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles; 323-954-0121) include a “Homemade Pasta” family class from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 29 (for ages 14 and up, $69 per person) and “Holiday Treats” from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20 (ages 5 and up, $39 per person). Sur la Table also offers two-day cooking camps for kids and teens during the last two weeks of December. Check the store’s events calendar for details.
What’s the next best thing to pumpkin pie? Pizza pie, of course! Fresh Brothers’ (multiple locations; www.freshbrothers.com) pizza-making parties ($250 and up) are a blast. Kids start by personalizing their own individual pizza boxes with stickers, markers and crayons. Then they get to add whatever toppings they’d like to their dough before it goes into the oven. Nothing beats the looks on little ones’ faces when they’re presented with their very own creations, fresh out of the kitchen.
ArtBites (www.artbites.net) puts a unique spin on cooking classes, offering art history-themed lessons at such cultural hot spots as the Getty Villa, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and LACMA. While most of the courses are targeted toward adults, founder Maite Gomez-Rejón is happy to customize her lessons for little ones, as well, and offers classes based on children’s literature, arts and crafts, world travel, chocolate and other fun stuff for $55 per child. Learning about fine art has never been so delicious!