À la Carte Classes
À la Carte Classes
Hone your cooking skills in the Gaggenau Demonstration Kitchen, featuring top-of-the-line appliances that will light your culinary fire. Our cooking and wine classes revolve around the exploration of Rhode Island’s agricultural bounty; seasonal produce, seafood, local meats and cheeses. Join the Food Forager in an interactive learning environment to master classic culinary techniques that can be easily replicated at home.
Explore the world of wine with Rhode Island wine tasting that samples our 8,000-bottle Wine Spectator award-winning collection, showcased in two spectacular library cellars. Selecting wines from the most important growing regions and hidden gems from around the world, the Wine Education Program offers a comprehensive hands-on experience that is both approachable and unpretentious for the casual wine drinker and the connoisseur alike.
Each class is $95.00 per person.
Please note that prices below do not include additional taxes and gratuity.
Geography and Geometry: Pasta and Its Sauce
This class focuses on properly pairing your pasta sauce with its best possible pasta shape. We will explore different shapes of dry pasta, where it traditionally comes from, what sauce goes best with it, and how to properly cook it. Using seasonal produce we will choose a sauce to prepare and pick an appropriate shape of pasta to eat it with!
Farm to Table 101
Join our Food Forager as he teaches the basics of sourcing food locally and seasonally. You will be given a market basket of the freshest local produce available and will create a simple, vegetable-forward, two-course meal that will have you aching to go to the Farmer’s Market as soon as you leave our demo kitchen.
American Riviera: Modern Crudo
This class explores local seafood and how to create a raw appetizer dish that highlights hyper-seasonal ingredients and innovative plating design. You will learn how to choose the freshest seafood and how to prepare it to be served raw along with gaining insight into how to choose complementary garnish that adds great flavor without overpowering the seafood.
Date Night Crash Course
Impress your significant other by learning how to artfully prepare an intimate date-night dinner at home by learning the magic of risotto. We will cover perfect technique and variations on flavor based on local ingredients that are guaranteed to entitle you to some serious brownie points.
The Sourdough Pizza
This class gives you the chance to stretch out your own pizza dough, add seasonally appropriate toppings, and bake your pizza to leopard-crusted perfection. You will learn the basics of sourdough and how to cultivate a starter as well as the essential techniques of some of the best pizza in the world.
Learn how to extend the season and save the fresh produce you love with this class that covers all different ways to preserve the harvest. We’ll discuss pickles, jams, olive oil preserves, lacto-fermentation, vinegar making, and dehydration. Based on what the farms have for us, we’ll preserve some produce together that you can take home with you to squirrel away!
The Ins and Outs: Fresh Filled Pasta
Participants gain the opportunity to create a fresh dough specifically for making ravioli, agnolotti, or tortellini. We will make a seasonal filling and coach you through how to combine the filling with the pasta to make a masterpiece. We will prepare your pasta with an appropriate sauce, and discuss variations on the recipes we used that you can use at home.
Focaccia ‘Bout It
Master the art of golden focaccia bread! This flavorful bread is one of the easiest fresh breads to produce at home. We will go over the process, and guests will have the opportunity to add whatever toppings they like; including fresh herbs from our garden!
Olive Oil Tasting
This class presents a line-up of some world-class Extra Virgin Olive Oils. We will taste and evaluate while learning what it takes to produce good olive oil and how different growing climates affect different varieties of olive.
Northeast Seasonal Baking
This class teaches guests about the seasonality of fruit in Rhode Island and features whatever is in season in a delicious, refined dessert. We will cover anything from cherry pie to apple tart to quince sorbet.
More is More: Large Format Cooking for Families
This class focuses on cooking large roasts and whole fish in a variety of ways. You’ll learn great techniques for feeding a large group, what to do with leftovers, and how to develop deep flavors through time-tested techniques that will help you master your oven.
Off the Beaten Track Red & White Wines of the World
For those tired of the same old same old, this seminar explores wines that are hidden gems on the Ocean House wine list. We will taste through these rare red and whites and discuss their geography, history, grape varieties and regions. $75/person
For the blossoming wine enthusiast, this class will discuss the basics of wine; topic of discussion will include how wine is made, noble grape varietals, how to taste wine and how to order in a restaurant setting. You’ll leave with feeling confident and able to impress your friends! $80/person
Food & Wine Pairing Like a Pro
Are you unsure how to order the right wine to complement your meal? Learn to pair food and wine as we discuss how certain foods and wines interact with each other. Taste through a selection of pairings with our Sommelier to determine the key factors and techniques for creating a match, the flavor and textural elements to pay attention to and the “rules of thumb” that apply to modern cuisine. $150/person
Whether you’re celebrating a momentous occasion or just another day in the life, a bit of bubbly is sure to make it special! In this seminar, explore the intriguing world of sparkling wines. We will discuss grape varieties, production methods and history and taste a variety of sparkling wines from around the world. $150/person
Vintage Flight Tasting
“Is it a good year?” For this Rhode Island wine tasting our Sommelier selects four wines that represent different years, or vintages, of the same wine. We will discuss why one year is thought to be better than another, and how each vintage compares. $200/person
Evaluating Wine, Blind Tasting
No blindfolds are required for this blind tasting! Train your palate by matching specific flavors often found in wines with the wines themselves. Learn precise flavor profiles associated with classic varietals and how to critically evaluate wines the way professionals do. Our Sommelier will guide you through each wine as you analyze visual, flavor and structural elements to assess its quality and typicity like a pro! $200/person
À la carte classes are offered daily at
12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and are based on availability.
Food Forager classes include a Center For Wine & Culinary Arts thank you gift. All wine tastings include a local cheese plate. Wines are selected by Sommelier by availability. Wine classes can accommodate a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 guests. Classes for 1 to 3 people may be arranged—please inquire directly with Wine Director.
Please contact Destination Services at 401.584.7000 for reservations.