Cooking classes to unleash your inner chef

Are you a great cook? A horrible cook? In either case, learning new skills is never a bad idea. Several amazing cooking classes are going on around the Twin Cities, highlighting the foods of summer. Here are some of the most intriguing:

Cooking classes to unleash your inner chef

From Coastal Seafoods

Sushi for Beginners August 12 September 7 October 14

Gourmet Fish Jahn Brink prepares mussels with a sauted bell peppers and honeyed striped sea bass. September 9

Too Hot for the Kitchen: Outdoor Grilling Developing, improving, and expanding your outdoor seafood preparation repertoire. Learn how to use natural charcoal and cedar planks to impart flavors to your grilled seafood. August 26

Know Your Seafood Part 1 and 2 Start at square one with this two-part series, in which you'll learn the what, where, why, and how of seafood. September 23 and 30

Price: sushi $60, single-night classes $50, two-part classes $90 Classes start at 6 p.m. and usually run until about 8:30 p.m. For more information call the Minneapolis retail store at 612.724.7425

From the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: 2010 Dinner with a Chef series Dinner and complementing wine tastings are prepared by local chefs. Receive recipes and valuable advice while you relax, sip, and dine.

From Farm to Fork!, with Chef Jenny Breen Thursday, August 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 member/$55 nonmember

August Harvest Plates, with Chef Lucia Watson Thursday, August 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 member/$55 nonmember

Cooking from the Garden II, With Chef Mike Phillips Thursday, September 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 member/$55 nonmember

Inspired by Carol Bly: Write, Read & Dine With Us Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $70 member/$85 nonmember

For more information see the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum website.

From Cooks of Crocus Hill:

Summer Dinner with Lori from Lucia's Lori Valenziano from Lucia's prepares farm fresh summer meals. Monday, August 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $70. 50th Street location.

Thai Fusion Learn how to incorporate the flavors of Thai cooking in many creative ways. Monday, August 9, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $65. 50th Street location.

Japanese Street Food Learn how to make not-like-college ramen and gyoza. Saturday, August 14, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., $80. 50th Street location

BBQ and Bourbon Grilled deliciousness paired with small-batch bourbons. Friday, August 20, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $75. Grand Avenue location.

For more information, visit the Cooks of Crocus Hill website.

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