Here at Good Food Pittsburgh we obviously love to dine out… but we also love to cook!
If you’re feeling a little uneasy in the kitchen, you’re in luck! Pittsburgh has a ton of local businesses offering cooking classes for anyone at any skill level.
From mozzarella making to truffle painting and pizza baking, below we’ve outlines a few of our favorite cooking classes offered in Pittsburgh. If we forgot your favorite, please leave it in the comments below!
Your Guide to Cooking Classes in Pittsburgh:
Gaynor’s School of Cooking
This South Side cooking school offers a robust calendar of cooking classes, covering everything from The Foods of Brazil to Pastry Dough for Beginners. Gaynor’s also offers couples nights, corporate events, bridal showers, and more.
Gaynor’s School of Cooking (309 E Carson Street)
Market District Settler’s Ridge Cooking School
Giant Eagle has a cooking school located at the Robinson Market District at Settler’s Ridge. One of only two Giant Eagle cooking schools (the other is in Strongsville, OH), students can try a variety of classes from basic cooking skills to the most advanced and everything in-between. Classes include: Classical Mediterranean Cuisine, Pittsburgh Pierogies, Italians Breads, and more. Be sure to sign up asap, as seating is limited and classes fill quickly.
Market District Settler’s Ridge Cooking School (100 Settler’s Ridge Center Drive)
Chop, WOK & Talk!
Chop, WOK, & Talk! began in Pittsburgh over 16 years ago as the city’s only Southeast Asian Cooking School. Over the years, the school has expanded to offer a variety of cooking classes featuring cuisines from around the world. Classes include: Thai & Vietnamese, Asian Appetizers, French Dinner, Moroccan Dinner, and more.
Chop, WOK & Talk! (5404 Penn Avenue)
Macaron Bar Pittsburgh
Calling all macaron fans! The popular Pittsburgh cookie school The Macaron Bar has recently opened their new East Liberty location – and they offering cookie making classes! Learn the art of the French macaron with these hands-on classes. Classes include: Intro to Macarons, Advanced Decorating, Macarons for Kids, Pairing Nights, and more.
Macaron Bar Pittsburgh (6101 Penn Avenue)
Threadbare Cider and Mead
Threadbare Cider and Mead, the sister cider house to Pittsburgh’s beloved spirit producer, Wigle Whiskey, offers a wide array of cooking classes and demonstration. For example, this Spring Hill cider house frequently hosts cheese making classes, which teach students how to make cheeses such as halloumi and mozzarella.
Threadbare Cider and Mead (1291 Spring Garden Avenue)
Enrico Biscotti Bread and Pizza Classes
If you’re interested in learning to bake in a wood-burning brick oven, enroll in one of Enrico Biscotti’s bread making class! Options include the three-house bread making lesson, where Enrico shares his bread secrets, and the pizza class which is served as a family-style meal.
Enrico Biscotti Breadmaking Classes (2022 Penn Avenue)
Crate, the kitchenware shop located Greentree Road, also offers various cooking classes. Previous classes have included: The Art of Fresh Pasta, Basic Cake Decorating, Pie Making, and more. Keep an eye on their site, as the Spring/Summer 2019 classes will be announced in February.
Crate Classes (1960 Greentree Road)
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant
Popular Italian restaurant La Tavola Italiana, located on Boggs Avenue in Mount Washington, offers cooking classes in addition to their fine Italian cuisine. The Winter 2019 schedule includes dishes such as: Zuppa di Manzo, Papardelle con sugo di Aragosta, and Rotoline di Lasagna alla Bolognese.
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant (1 Boggs Avenue)
La Dolce Vita Boutique
Another option for Italian cooking classes is La Dolce Vita boutique in Regent Square. The store offers a consistent schedule of cooking classes, such as: Making Tiramisu, Making Mozzarella, Making Ravioli and more!
La Dolce Vita Boutique (7604 Charleston Avenue)
Talk about edible art! Pittsburgh confectionary company a519 chocolate opens the doors to their exclusive chocolate studio for classes and private events. Guests will learn to make and decorate their own beautiful truffles. Booking information can be found online.
A519 Chocolate (2 Sedgwick Street)
The Kitchen by Vangura
This established cooking school in North Huntingdon, PA, began as a countertop manufacturer in Pittsburgh named “Vangura Surfacing Products.” With the aim to offer more to their loyal customers and surrounding community, Vangura expanded to interactive events and classes. Today, the school offers a consistent schedule of classes and hosts private/corporate events. More information on offerings can be found online.
The Kitchen by Vangura (North Huntingdon, PA)
Handmade Pasta by Yvonne
At Handmade Pasta by Yvonne, Pittsburghers can take pasta-making classes from two PGH residents who lived in Italy for over 20 years! Owners Jim and Yvonne Hennigan developed a passion for pasta during their time in the country, and aim to pass on their Italian experience and cooking skills through pasta-making classes and homemade dishes. Classes include Basic Pasta Making, Advanced Pasta Making, and Private Classes, and can be booked online.
Handmade Pasta by Yvonne (3333 Babcock Blvd)