Classes for Cooking, Painting, Winemaking and More
Perhaps your New Year's resolution was the worthy endeavor of picking up a new skill. Experts in Montgomery County can introduce beginners to a new experience and deepen the abilities of hobbyists already seasoned in a craft.
STONE & KEY CELLARS
435 Doylestown Road
True, Stone & Key Cellars is a Montgomeryville winery, fermenting and bottling its own vintages. But its corps of professional winemakers happily share the technique, working side-by-side with students to produce a 59-gallon barrel of wine (that's 285 bottles of finished wine). For those seeking a lesser bounty, half- and quarter-barrel options are also available.
SUR LA TABLE
690 W. DeKalb Pike, The Court at King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia, PA
Channel an inner Food Network star by picking up primo culinary skills. The instructors at Sur La Table offer coursework in every conceivable food prep necessity, from basic knife skills to seafood secrets to making those airy French macarons. Kick it up in the kitchen this year.
STEVE'S SEWING VACUUM QUILTING
268 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA
A wide variety of handiwork help comprises the event/class calendar here. The sweet-spot, however, is in needle arts in all its many forms, from garment creation to home décor to large-scale quilts. 2016 gets off to a significant start with the celebration of the business' 25th anniversary, with a special celebration (anniversary gift, wine/cheese, hors d'oeuvres, drawings and more) on January 16.
PAINTING WITH A TWIST
1240 Bridge Rd, Suite C
Think you can't create a canvas masterpiece? Our blogger thought so, too, until he gave a shot at creating a masterwork by van Gogh. Subjects in the January-to-March timeframe include a stunning peacock, an inviting beach scene and an opportunity to enshrine your very own pet in a perfect portrait.
609 Village at Eland
A session with the chefs at Cooking Spotlight is one dash of entertainment with a heaping tablespoon of useful. The February 9 class, for example, demonstrates everything needed to throw a terrific Mardi Gras meal, ending with pecan pie topped with bourbon whipped cream.
BOYD'S CARDINAL HOLLOW WINERY
1830 West Point Pike
Don't know a Bordeaux from a box wine? Sign up for one of the ongoing series of wine education classes. Learn how grapes are grown, harvested processed and handled on the way to becoming wine. Taste your way through the different varieties and flavors in an informal casual tasting class. And take home the glass as a souvenir. Sessions are January 15, 23 and 29, and February 13 and 19.
ABINGTON ART CENTER
515 Meetinghouse Rd
Abington Art Center offers something for everyone, with classes in painting and drawing, ceramics, photography, jewelry and more, available throughout the winter. With options for students of all ages, classes encourage students from beginners to life-long learners to use the process of creating art as a means to interact with the world around them.