Trying new things can be uncomfortable, but what if it involves food? Good food. Have you ever considered taking a cooking class? Before you put this idea on the back burner, consider: Cooking classes are a great way to try new dishes, find new recipes, develop a few new skills, meet new people — and eat. Fortunately, Little Rock has a plate-full of cooking class options to suit even the most cooking-averse among us. So, grab that fork and knife and let’s get started — here are five delicious cooking classes in Little Rock for you to try. Dig in!
5501 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite K, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207
Dubbed the toy store for foodies, Heights neighborhood cooking store Eggshell Cooking Co. carries all sorts of gadgets and goodies for the amateur chef — like a loose leaf kale stripper (yeah, that’s a thing). Single-session cooking classes are run by some of the area’s top chefs, including Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant (Italian cuisine), Richard Rogers from Rick’s Beignets food truck (paella-focused), as well as by Eggshells’ own Amanda Ivy (tamales, pasta, and Mardi Gras specials, among other dishes). Classes are two hours, range from $50-65, and include the meal prepared by the chef instructor and a welcome beer or glass of wine. What’s not to love? Visit Eggshells Cooking online or contact them directly for additional class information and availability.
University of Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College – Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute
13000 I-30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210
Recognized for excellence in culinary and hospitality education, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) offers an array of cooking classes to the public at its state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Little Rock. Not do you get to hang out in their world-class kitchens, but you get the benefit of learning from professional culinary faculty. Why not try a class in cheese-making, or do a workshop in French Croissants (yes, it’s possible). Looking for something new to do with your significant other? Try the Couples Cooking: Italian class. Together, you’ll craft handmade pasta, marinara, Alfredo, garlic bread, and a quick Tiramisù. Most classes run about three hours and range from $65-$85 per person. Visit CAHMI online for details.
9807 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
It can be nerve-wracking producing beautiful, Insta-worthy cakes for loved ones and others, but Art in Cakes Bakery & Supply is here to show you how to bake with confidence. Aside from offering a vast collection of top baking supplies even Betty Crocker would relish, Art in Cakes has the classes to show you what to do with them. Forget sprinkles; we’re talking sugar cookies with confetti-filled hearts, snow globes, French macarons, glossy buttercream roses, and more. Intimidated? Don’t be — they also cover the basics (like cake fundamentals) and focus on having a good time. You’ll be whipping out those Petits Fours in no time! Classes are about two hours and range from $65-75 per person. Visit Art is in Cakes Bakery & Supply online for details.
201 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
It would be remiss of us to talk cooking classes in Little Rock without mentioning the elephant in the kitchen: Williams Sonoma. The global cookware brand offers an extensive line-up of classes that covers everything from an espresso masterclass (co-branded with home espresso maker, Breville) to courses on making fortune cookies and cooking with cast iron. Availability of classes depends on store location, so it’s best to either stop in or check online to see what’s cooking (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Prices per person generally range from $30-50.
58 Valley Estates Court, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212
As most parents learn, kids can be notoriously finicky eaters, which makes cooking for them “challenging.” The folks at Kids Cook! have a solution: Why not enlist the kids to take on some of the cooking themselves? The sense of pride that comes with making a meal or a snack that they enjoy gets them interested in food, and frankly, will get them eating better. Think about it, moms: Anything they make will be healthier than store-bought snacks.
Classes focus on basic kitchen skills, kitchen equipment, food and personal safety, and nutrition. Recipes are fun and completed easily at home. Anything they make they can eat or take for later. How about Chicken Quesadillas with chicken, cheddar cheese, and tortillas? Or Chicken Chinese Noodle Pancakes? Don’t think Junior will go for it? How about Strawberry Shortcake in a muffin tin? He (or she) won’t realize the recipe includes only half the usual amount of sugar. See where this is going? Classes are held at several locations across the city, both after school and on weekends. Visit Kids Cook! online or contact them directly for pricing.