Most cooking classes in Atlanta seem to be taught through national chain restaurants or grocery stores, but if you are looking to learn from a local business, there are several options around town. Whether you want to make your own pasta or just get a general feel for moving around in the kitchen, there are cooking classes for every level. You can participate on your own in order to impress your friends, or you can bring your special someone along so that you can have a few glasses of wine and learn together. At the end of the night, you’ll have a great meal and maybe even some new skills!
The Cooking School At Irwin Street
660 Irwin St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 889-6568

Irwin Street offers a variety of different cooking classes, featuring a wide range of cuisines. For those who love Italian fare, you will want to check out the “Pastabilities…with Sauce” class or more specific classes specializing in pastas like gnocchi. Here you will learn how to make hand-rolled pasta from scratch, to truly impress your friends and family. You can bring your own wine to make the class even more fun as you prepare your own ravioli. If you prefer a gluten free pasta, that is an option, just let them know ahead of the class time.

Atlanta Wine School
Vino Venue
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 668-0435

The Atlanta Wine School offers classes in seemingly every cuisine you could imagine, but lovers of Italian food will want to check out the “Northern Italian Classics” sessions. The evening begins with wine and appetizers, and then your teacher will discuss the prep work for the meal. After you finish creating your dinner, you can enjoy it on the spot with specially prepared wine pairings. Naturally, as this is a wine school, the evening’s emphasis is on the wine pairings, but that is perfect for Italian food.

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
(678) 425-0900

If you want to enjoy a weekend away with your partner, Chateau Elan is a great choice, and you can enjoy a cooking class together during your stay. The cuisine varies from class to class, so those specifically seeking Italian fare should consult the schedule in advance. You will enjoy wine and feel very official wearing your chef’s hat while preparing your dishes. All guests receive a recipe booklet as well and a gift from the Chef. The classes are adults only.

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Portrait On A Plate
1588 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 206
Austell, GA 30168
(404) 552-6978

Portrait on a Plate is a catering company that also offers cooking classes, featured on its Cook & Sip calendar. There are several different options, you can book a private class, attend a scheduled open class, or arrange a corporate event for your company. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine to make the event more festive. When booking your event, you can request an Italian cuisine to hone your specific skills.

Preserving Place
Westside Provisions District
1170 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-5267

The classes at Preserving Place are for those who are more serious about their interest in cooking. You will learn from some of the best in the local business. At the end of the evening, students enjoy the meal they have prepared together. The themes of the classes vary seasonally, so check to see if there is an Italian specialty, but there are always interesting items on the menu, from specialty cocktails to biscuits and jam.

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