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Class in Session

Feeling inspired by all the reality cooking shows? Sample a bit of in-person cooking, beer or wine instruction while in town—or just taste the results of fine culinary education.

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Cook, fun with food happens in a fully-equipped, 16-seat kitchen-classroom geared towards hands-on learning and expert instruction. Taught by an ever-changing line up of the city‘s top chefs—which have included Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Kiong Banh (Twenty Manning) and Pierre Calmels (Bibou)—classes might touch on Southern comfort food, gluten-free cuisine or oyster mania. Two-hour-plus experiences include food and drink. Book as far ahead as possible, as events are known to sell-out early. At press time, seats were available in such September sessions as “Big Red Wines“ with food and wine writer Brian Freedman, and “Classic French Sauces“ with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette. www.audreyclairecook.com. 253 S. 20th St., 215.735.COOK

• If you love wine, beer and cheese then run, don’t walk, to Tria Fermentation School, an outgrowth of the ever-popular Tria cafes around town in Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square and University City. Geared to in-depth flavor profiles and tastings, the school brings passionate winemakers, cheesemakers, brewmasters, authors and other experts from all over the world to share their knowledge. For an impromptu lesson, there’s also a “Sunday School” tasting special every week at Tria Washington Square West and Tria Rittenhouse Square, with new products featured along with a write up and discounted tastings, just for fun. www.triacafe.com. Fermentation School, 1601 Walnut St., Suite 620, 215.972.7076; Washington Square location, 1137 Spruce St., 215.629.9200; Rittenhouse Square location, 123 S. 18th St., 215.972.8742

• Now in new and bigger digs,
The Wine School of Philadelphia targets both novice and advanced oenophiles with two hour grape primers, along with chef-driven classes that pair food with wine and beer. There is nothing stuffy about this school, which emphasizes having fun while uncovering the mysteries of taste, flavor and style. www.vinology.com. 127 S. 22nd St., 215.965.1514

• At The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, chefs and hospitality leaders of tomorrow staff four themed restaurants: the Italian Trattoria, the American Heartland, the International Bistro and the Great Chefs of Philadelphia. www.walnuthillcollege.edu. 4207 Walnut St., 215.222.4200