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Yes, chef: Cooking classes in Indy

Learn to master macarons, barbecue, pizza, and more with these local cooking classes.

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Fun fact: The macarons you’ll learn to bake at Macaron Bar are gluten free.

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Anyone else getting a little tired of their usual recipes, but don’t want to spend a ton of money eating out just to get some variety? Maybe it’s time to take a cooking class to level up your skills in a specific area. These options around town are sure to help you spice up your recipe rolodex + impress your family and friends with your Michelin Star-worthy chops.

Macaron Bar | $65-$109
Macaron Bar offers three different classes for every stage of your macaron baking journey: Intro to Macarons, Macarons for Kids, and Advanced Decorating. All classes have participants working in pairs, so bring a friend or be prepared to team up with somebody new. If you’d really rather just focus on eating instead of cooking, we see you: The shop also offers pairing events in which you can try fresh macarons alongside champagne or coffee.

Goose The Market | $79
In Goose The Market’s sausage making class, you’ll learn to make uncased breakfast sausage patties + Italian-style sausage linked in natural casings. Your ticket includes beer + wine tastings, a delicious charcuterie board to snack on as you’re learning, and two pounds of sausages to take home.

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Level up your charcuterie game by learning to make your own sausages.

BBQ Maestros | $120-$599
This group’s “BBQ Bootcamps” cover the entire smoking process from prep to completion, highlighting the best smokers to use + the most common mistakes to avoid. Classes offered include Expert Brisket, Barrel Smoking, and Backyard Grill Master. Every session is taught by instructors who compete on The Kansas City Barbeque Society circuit, so you know they mean business.

Sullivan Hardware & Garden | $60-$85
These two-hour classes are for aspiring chefs, amateur cooks, and everyone in between. As Sullivan puts it, “We realize you may have been forced against your will to attend this class. So if you’re not in a grilling mood, our chef will be happy to prepare your food for you. We want you to have fun!” Class options include Surf + Turf, Authentic Italian Pizza, and Burgers 3 Ways, and each class finishes with a full meal.

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In Circle City Sweets’ Laminated Dough class, you’ll learn to make croissants and kouign-amann.

Circle City Sweets | $125-$200
Great British Baking Show fans, this one’s for you. If you’ve been dying to learn the basics of lamination or the perfect custard, owner Cindy Hawkins can show you the ropes. Classes are for ages 16 and up unless otherwise discussed before booking.

Indianapolis Public Library | Free with registration
Getting ready to send a teenager off to college and worried about them living strictly off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Sign them up for Teen Chef, held at a handful of IPL’s branches across town. The libraries also frequently host one-off cooking classes for all ages and dietary restrictions, such as the Cooking with Greens, Beans, and Berries workshop.

Nestle Inn | $90
If you’re not quite sure what you want to learn to cook, take a look at Nestle Inn’s offerings. Weekend classes range from Thai food to cinnamon rolls to homemade pasta — and if you’re inclined to turn your experience into an overnight staycation, you’ll get $20 off a room.

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