If you’re looking to hone your cooking skills in 2022, you’ll find a bountiful buffet of opportunities for learning. Here is a sampling of classes now on offer. A few other places, such as Ambrosia Cooking School in Bar Harbor and LeRoux Kitchen and Fork Food Lab in Portland, hope to re-start classes eventually. When signing up, please contact the individual business to confirm schedules and fees and also to inquire about pandemic-related protocols. Prices can vary widely, depending on the school, the format (virtual or in-person) and the class or series.

The Black Tie Company
Hands-on, in-person classes ranging from South American cuisine to New Orleans favorites, pasta making and Thai soup. Classes start at $65 per person.
One Union Wharf, Portland
207-761-6665
theblacktieco.com

From left, Noemi Marquardt-Grainer, 13, Collin Culbertson and her daughter Maeva Culbertson, 17, Caroline Balder and her father Jay Clement, and Phuntira Tiparos watch as Portland chef Jasmine Mason demonstrates how to shape a croissant during a class at Bravo Maine! earlier in January. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Bravo Maine!
Hands-on, in-person public, private and corporate “team-building” classes in baking and cooking. Classes start at $55.
559 Brighton Ave., Portland
207-415-4482
bravomaine.com

Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School
No classes until March, when virtual learning will feature soups, stews and simple desserts. “Wood-Fired Pizza Parties” and other in-person classes and workshops will resume in April. Fees range from $125 for a semi-private virtual class to $1,000 for a 4.5-hour private Neapolitan Pizza Woodfired Intensive workshop for 4 participants.
141 Wildes District Rd, Kennebunkport
207-967-4960
jillyannas.com

The Maker’s Galley
The new multifunctional venue is offering a full schedule of demonstration classes, including a “Winter Cooking Series” with private chef Amy Kayne and a “Guest Chef Series,” with Portland Chef Matt Ginn (Evo Kitchen + Bar) and other local luminaries to be announced. Fees range from $65 for the “Winter Cooking Series” to $125 for the “Guest Chef Series,” for which wine pairings cost an additional $40.
5 Commercial Street, Portland
207-536-1189
themakersgalley.com

Now You’re Cooking
Offering free virtual demonstration classes on Facebook Live, including Minestrone Soup on Jan. 27 and a “Valentine’s Virtual Wine Tasting” with SoPo Wine Co. on Feb. 8.
49 Front Street, Bath
207-443-1402
acooksemporium.com

Salt Water Farm
A 6-week virtual “World Cuisine Series” kicked off in January and runs until Feb. 16. Owner Annemarie Ahearn also hosts classes in international locales such as Mexico City and Sicily. Fees range from $75 for virtual format to $215 for in-person classes.
Salt Water Farm Road, Lincolnville
saltwaterfarm.com

Vessel & Vine
Classes are on hiatus this winter; however, owner Nikaline Iacono is teaching a virtual cocktail class on March 12 as a fundraiser for Oasis Free Clinics, a Brunswick nonprofit that offers free medical and dental care to the uninsured. (Other virtual cooking classes at Oasis include an evening on Feb. 12 with Press Herald columnist Christine Burns Rudalevige.) The cost for a cooking class at Oasis is $75.
4 Pleasant St., Floor 1, Brunswick
207-721-3000
vesselandvine.com
cookingwithoasis.org

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