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We all have our resolutions for 2016, and if improving your culinary skills is on your list, there’s no shortage of places to develop your inner chef and sommelier. Here are some stellar classes during January and February so you can get a jump start on becoming the foodie you really want to be.

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The Wine & Tastes of Italy and France

Truly immerse yourself in the countries that make some of the best wines in the world— France and Italy—in these wine-focused classes at the Atlanta Wine School. You’ll get a basic overview on the country’s regions and learn about the top producers, as well as history of its wine production. Light foods are served and paired with wines.

$59 per person
Feb. 3 Viva Italia
Feb. 23 Vive La France.


Global Cooking & Wine Pairing Series

For those who want the full experience of food and wine, the Atlanta Wine School offers a killer series where you learn how to cook the foods of different regions of the world and why particular wines are best paired with them. You’ll enjoy several different wines during the class, and again when you sit down to eat the meal you prepare.

$79 per person.
Jan. 14 Modern Mediterranean
Jan. 21 Parisian Bistro
Jan. 28 Argentina
Feb. 4 Spain
Feb. 10 Midnight in Morocco
Feb. 18 A Hot Night in Havana
Feb. 25 Alsatian Sensations

Atlanta Wine School
4478 Chamblee
Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody 30338


DoubleZeroPizza4 Heidi GeldhauserNeapolitan Pizza Making

If pizza is your thing, head to Double Zero Napoletana in Sandy Springs and learn from some of the best. Executive chef and expert pizzaiolo Edwin Molina will teach you how to prepare traditional Neapolitan dough, and you’ll cook your pizza in Double Zero’s handcrafted Stefano Ferraro ovens from Naples.

$40 per person; Jan. 19; Feb. 23.

Double Zero Napoletana
5825 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs 30328


Kirkland_Kitchen_0414_002Essential Skills Every Cook Should Know

Start out with this 101 class at Sur la Table at Phipps where you’ll learn many of the basic techniques to master culinary arts, including making vinaigrettes from scratch and balancing flavors with different oils, acids and herbs. You’ll also learn to perfectly sear a steak, properly prepare risotto, make compound butters (flavored butters) and perfect a dessert soufflé.

$69 per person; Jan. 6, 10 and 25.

Eat Healthy in the New Year

Who doesn’t put getting healthy on their New Year’s resolution list? These classes at Sur la Table will help get you on track by making healthy food choices. You’ll learn how to prepare a variety of vegetarian, vegan and paleo dishes using seasonal vegetables and how to swap out dairy and starchy ingredients to include more ancient grains such as quinoa.

$69 per person; Jan. 5, 10 and 25.

Sur la Table
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road
Atlanta 30326

BY: Sarah Gleim

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