Interested in perfecting your skills in the kitchen? 

Here are some Fort Worth venues that have an October line-up of classes to suit anyone from the home cook craving hands-on instruction to the foodie wanting to wine and dine while watching world famous chefs do all of the work.

Central Market Cooking School

Nearly every night of the week, the second floor at Central Market is bustling with eager students being taught by staff and visiting chefs. It’s amazing how many people do not realize this incredible resource exists just overhead as they meander the aisles for groceries. The school regularly offers hands-on classes for sushi, steakhouse favorites and even couples paella parties that make for the perfect date night. 

Chef driven classes offer a fun environment to watch demonstrations while enjoying a multi-course meal. Local chef Blaine Staniford will present favorites from downtown’s Little Red Wasp fall menu on October 15th.  On the 22nd David McMillan of Bird Café shares a four-course meal featuring the Sundance Square restaurant’s Sweet Pea Guacamole and Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta.

Visiting chefs this month include master of the Argentine grill, Francis Mallman, with a lunchtime class on October 16th. Cooking Channel’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys round out the month on the 31st with a menu inspired by seasonal vegetables that includes Caramelized Onion & Potato Hand Pies and Stuffed Peppers with Chorizo.

4651 W. Freeway, #100, 817-377-9005


The Bastion Restaurant

One of our city’s most wonderful hidden gems is The Bastion Restaurant on Hemphill Drive. Once the Edna Gladney Home, this historic collection of buildings has been transformed into a haven of good eats. Chef Chandra Riccetti’s classes are limited to only 8 students making these lessons the perfect opportunity to get hands-on instruction while connecting with fellow gourmands. 

October’s Culinary Series begins on Sunday, October 12th with French Pastries including éclairs and tart au chocolate. On the 19th Italian Pastries will be in the spotlight with sweets such as tiramisu and biscotti. Classes are $50 per person. Expect to leave with plenty of treats to share at home!

Any home chef will benefit greatly from the lunch hour fundamentals classes on Mondays for only $30. Chef Riccetti will cover Mother Sauces on October 13th and Knife Skills on the 20th.

2100 Hemphill Drive, (817) 913-6972


 Photo Credit: Kari Crowe

Hattie Mae Inn

Scott and Laura Slayton took over Hattie Mae Inn, a historic Victorian style bed-and-breakfast in the Near Southside, this past summer. Laura is a Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Foods Chef with a passion for teaching the power of a real foods for anyone facing health challenges and those simply wanting to improve their qualify of life without sacrificing flavor.

The two-hour classes are limited to 10 students and are typically $35 each. While football season is typically not the friend of those of us that strive to eat healthy, the Game Day Eats class on October 16th will demonstrate how to cut the calories and fat with recipes like a Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Meatless Chili. The Winter Squash class on the 21st will feature a Moroccan Stew full of fragrant herbs and spices, Kabocha Squash Dip and a Pumpkin Ice Cream that manages to be creamy while staying fat free. Learn the nutritional benefits of the selections while cooking and enjoying a meal together. Call for information on private group classes to suit your needs.

712 May Street, 817-870-1931