Opened as The New York State Wine & Culinary Center, in June 2006, Canandaigua-based New York Kitchen pairs a gorgeous building with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Whether you take a hands-on class or view a culinary demo from comfortable arena seating, this nonprofit cooking school beautifully showcases the state’s food and wine bounty throughout its curriculum. Enjoy tasty, scratch-made cuisine and you may even improve your knife skills (as I did!).
In Ellison Bay/Door County our press group enjoyed a culinary class showcasing summer produce, at Savory Spoon Cooking School. Longtime culinary professional, Chef Janice Thomas, has owned this school since 2005. It operates inside a renovated 1879 schoolhouse equipped with state of the art culinary equipment, tools and appliances. After three hours spent preparing a summer feast, we sat at well-dressed dining tables and enjoyed perfectly paired wine with our meal..Classes are available in June through October.
During the pandemic, be sure to check the website of each school for updates regarding the status of in-person classes.
Please note: As a writer associated with the travel industry, I received complimentary meals, lodging, and admissions during my visit to each city. While it has not influenced this post, I wish to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.