art. festivals. culture. day trips. hidden gems.
BECOME A BETTER CHEF
SOME COME WITH A DATE. Sometimes it’s a group of mom friends. Others
arrive solo. As they walk into L’Academie
de Cuisine’s kitchen, students put on
red aprons, settle in at stations where
ingredients are laid out, and turn their
attention to the chef.
In a class called Mediterranean
Bread Basics, chef Amy Riolo stands at
the front with a mirror angled down to
show the 20 participants each step of
making Moroccan country bread. Then
the students work their way through the
recipe in groups while they socialize and
“It’s something to do together and
work as a team,” says Debbie Pollack,
46, of Bethesda, who has taken several
L’Academie de Cuisine cooking classes
with friends. “It was impressive how easy
it was to make delicious, beautiful bread.”
L’Academie de Cuisine also has full-
time professional culinary arts and pastry
arts programs at its Gaithersburg loca-
tion. The 500-plus recreational classes—
some hands-on, some demonstration—
offered each year in Bethesda range from
basic knife skills to the art of making
macarons to an intense sauce seminar.
Most classes are about three hours and
less than $100 per person.
L’Academie de Cuisine, 5021 Wilson
Lane, Bethesda; 301-986-9490,