Our Picks For Interactive Food-And-Drink Classes At Cafes, Restaurants And Classrooms This Spring In Philadelphia

This spring, check out a hands-on class to learn how to make cheese, taste tea or cup coffee at cafes, restaurants and classrooms around Philadelphia. (M. Fishcetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Looking to do a little spring cleaning for the mind? Education can be invigorating, particularly when it involves food and drink.

This month, local artisan makers and expert teachers invite the public out to learn a thing or two during fun, interactive classes.

From goat-cheese making this Saturday, April 26 to a pie-making classes throughout the spring and summer, there are a number of opportunities to brush up on those making, baking and tasting skills this spring.

• Artisanal Cheese-Making Class at London Grill: Does not knowing how to make cheese get your goat? This Saturday, April 26, chef Jason Lemon of Fairmount’s London Grill hosts a goat cheese-Making class with Brent Zimmerman, a goat farmer and author of Get Your Goat: How to Keep Happy, Healthy Goats in Your Backyard, Wherever You Live. For a $35 ticket per person (plus tax and gratuity), attendees can learn to make three different kinds of goat cheese.

When: Saturday, April 26, 3-6 p.m.
Where: London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $35

• Springtime Tea 101 & Pairing Class at Metropolitan Cafe: Join tea expert Alexis Siemons of Teaspoons & Petals for an evening class steeped in springtime. Siemons, a tea consultant, leads the class through tasting and pairing four springtime teas and sweet or savory Metropolitan baked goods. Tickets, $30, include cups of all fours teas, baked goods and a parting gift, and can be reserved by calling 1-877-41-BREAD.

When: Monday, April 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Cafe, 264. S. 19th Street
Cost: $30

• Magpie Pie-Making Classes: Learn to make pie with the best of them (i.e. Magpie owner, Holly Ricciardi) at Magpie’s upcoming special-edition pie classes this spring. With two or more hands-on classes offered every month, bakers have the chance to sign up to make such treats as latticed-topped strawberry rhubarb pies (May 1 and May 22), blueberry crumb pie (July 17) and more. Plus, Ricciardi presents a one-day Mother’s Day brunch and pie-making class on Sunday, May 11, complete with instruction, a two-course meal and mimosas.

When: Ongoing, most are Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: 1622 South Street
Cost: $65, regular classes; $90, Mother’s Day

More classes, below.

Counter Culture Coffee Training Center: Tucked above Ultimo coffee in Graduate Hospital, the Counter Culture Philadelphia Training Center hosts free open-to-the-public cupping classes every Friday morning, as well as in-depth coffee labs for bean aficionados or aspiring baristas. The Counter Intelligence coffee education curriculum offers a wide range of classes for many interest and skill levels, and the complete set of upcoming labs, classes, tastings and events is available online.

When: Ongoing
Where: 2149 Catharine Street, Unit B
Cost: Free

COOK: Take a cue in the kitchen from some of Philadelphia’s top chefs. Sponsored by Philadelphia magazine, COOK is a state-of-the-art, 16-seat kitchen-classroom where guests will prepare and enjoy meals with the help of A-list Philadelphia masters of food and drink. The collaborative space offers up these delicious demos by about 20 instructors per month. Sign up online in advance, as classes always sell out.

When: Ongoing
Where: 253 S. 20th Street
Cost: Varies

Wine School of Philadelphia: Develop that wine palate with ongoing classes or seminars at the Wine School of Philadelphia. As the largest independent wine school in the United States, wine courses range from one-night educational tastings to semester-long programs with a bonafide certification.

When: Ongoing
Where: 127 S. 22nd Street
Cost: Varies

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