We’re always looking for interesting things to do both when we’re traveling and when we’re at home. A few years ago, I got my husband, who loves to cook, a gift certificate for a one-day class at the Culinary Institute of America. Yes, I am an amazing wife. He took a Vietnamese and Thai Food class and absolutely loved it! A coworker of mine who grew up near Hyde Park, NY (where the CIA is based) told me about it. This friend of mine has celiac disease and therefore can’t eat gluten. He took the Gluten-free Baking Class and thought it was great. (He also has a blog about gluten-free living.)
The CIA has locations in Hyde Park, NY, St. Helena, CA and San Antonio, TX. They offer a range of classes from 1 and 2 day classes to Boot Camps (typically 4-5 days). The classes cover both cooking and baking. They also have classes geared towards kids and teens. Around the holidays, they have special holiday baking classes where you get to take home everything you bake. You can check out their current weekend classes here and their boot camps here. So if you or someone you know is a food enthusiast, this could be a fun gift to give.
Note: We’re still without power from the utility company in the aftermath of Irene. Luckily, we do have a generator, but I may not be posting as much until we get power back.