A cooking class at the Viking Culinary Studio at Chateau Elan

Spring cooking classes around Gwinnett County

Spring into mealtime this season by brushing up on your cooking skills. Whether you already know your way around a kitchen and just want to expand your recipe repertoire, or need to start at the beginning to learn the basics, Gwinnett County has just the cooking class for you. Check these out:

April

Cooking School Johns Creek: Families Cook: Sunday Supper. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. $45 adult, $35 child under 15. 5945 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek, Ga. 30097. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/salud-cooking-school-johns-creek.

It’s about time the young ones learned a thing or two about preparing a meal. Here’s a great way to spend some time together and learn some useful cooking tips. The Families Cook classes really are for families, so at least one parent and one child must attend. You’ll make and eat Baked Ricotta Spinach Dip With Crostini, Spring Greens with Blueberries and Ginger Lemon Dressing, Classic Chicken And Biscuits and Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies.

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REI Camp Cooking Basics. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 20. Free. 1600 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Suite 800, Buford, Ga. 30519. www.rei.com.

If you enjoy camping, you'll love the Camp Cooking Basics class offered at REI in Buford. Although cooking outdoors isn't quite the same as cooking in a kitchen, REI will show you how to use a few tricks and techniques to make your next camping excursion a culinary success. Through this class, you will find out how to set up a camp kitchen and put together a few delicious and easy-to-make meals your entire family will enjoy.

Château Élan Winery & Resort cook­ing class. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 29. $125 per person. The Culinary Studio at Château Élan, 100 Tour De France Drive, Brasel­ton. www.chateauelan.com.

Find out how to create culinary dishes like a professional chef at this hands-on cooking class where you will learn how to prepare dishes like Spicy Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Champagne Greens, Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze and Molten Chocolate Cake. While wearing a chef's hat and sipping wine, participants will gain invaluable knowledge that will allow them to re-create amazing dishes for friends and family. You will even receive a gift from the chef and a recipe booklet to take home.

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May

Cooking School Johns Creek:Charleston to Savannah: Southern Seafood Classics. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 17. $59. 5945 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek, Ga. 30097. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/salud-cooking-school-johns-creek.

Visit the low country for some coastal cooking tips and have a fish fry too. This hands on class will tackle Buttermilk Biscuits and Tomato Gravy, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, Fried Flounder and Hushpuppies, BBQ Oysters and Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. 

Buford Family SDA Church Cooking Class. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 9. Free. 5106 Bristol Industrial Way, Suite 100, Buford, Ga. 30518. www.bufordfamilysda.org.

Find out more about healthy eating and learn a few cooking techniques in this plant-based cooking class. You’ll leave class with a few great recipes to try at home and your family will eat healthier.

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