If cooking is your passion, Asheville offers a wealth of opportunities to learn more about almost any type of cuisine. From cooking demonstrations to hands-on workshops to intensive, week-long cooking schools, from old-fashioned Southern cooking to vegan and vegetarian cuisine, you'll find dozens of classes that will take you into a whole new world of kitchen creativity.
Asheville has long been a Mecca for vegetarians and others interested in a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or just want to explore healthier options for eating, there are also classes tailored for you.
The Winery at Biltmore offers a series of cooking demonstrations by local and nationally-known chefs as part of their summer events. The demonstrations are free with regular admission to the Estate. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, call (800) 624-1575.Learn More
Learn the traditional way to prepare your favorite dishes with Wally Maria's Discover Italian cooking school. Maria-a native of Italy-reveals where to shop and how to combine courses for a delicious and healthy meal. Call (828) 658-8928.Learn More
The traditional food of the Appalachian Mountains is a blend of Native American, European and African ingredients and influences. Local cookbook author and food historian Barbara Swell teaches Log Cabin Cooking Classes on retro and traditional Appalachian cooking in a log cabin in the Haw Creek neighborhood of Asheville. Topics range from biscuit making to pies to wood stove and campfire cooking. For more information, call (828) 298.2270.Learn More
If you're after a more intense cooking experience, the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts offers week-long immersion in the pleasures of the table, at the guidance of locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed chefs and beverage experts. Experience hands-on training, multi-course wine-paired luncheons and decadent tasting sessions. For information, call (828) 301-2792.Learn More
Local chef Michael Gentry offers a series of vegetarian cooking classes called Everyone Cooks! The class takes place each Thursday evening at the Ransom House Service Learning Center at Warren Wilson College. Topics vary by week. For reservations, call (828) 273-6542.Learn More
Do you want to learn French Cooking but don't have classes near you? Do you like French culture and French wines and want to know more? Join Ghislaine Mahler and let her share with you Ma Belle France!Learn More
Local vegetarian chef Lenore Baum offers a series of vegan cooking classes at her school in nearby Weaverville. For information, call (828) 645-1412.Learn More
The Lazy Susan Kitchen Emporium offers vegetarian cooking classes. For more information, call (828) 225-3235.