Review: Wooden Spoon Cooking Classes
This isn’t your typical restaurant review because let’s face it, when you’re dining out you don’t expect to be the one slaving over the stove and you don’t often dine out at at a cooking utensils store. However, in this instance we did both.
The Wooden Spoon (5047 N Clark) is located on the southern end of Andersonville’s Clark Street strip and acts by day as a retailer of cooking utensils, kitchenware and gadgets that would make Rachel Ray or Martha Stewart giddy. On a typical weekend night (and during the day, too, on weekends), however, the place becomes a culinary classroom equipped to educate about 14 hungry students.
During our experience, on a cold winter Friday, a Wooden Spoon cooking class was the perfect “let’s do something different” experience to assist a small group of friends to escape the winter blahs. Our class was hosted by instructor Scott Allred, who proved to be both a superb chef and instructor whom quickly meshed well with the group of 14 close friends. The theme of our class was titled “Friday Night Supper Club,” and the menu featured caesar salad, Jack Daniels flank steak, a pancetta mac & cheese, grilled vegetables and a chocolate caramel tart desert. The evening was full of chopping, slicing, dicing, mixing, sauteing, grilling and baking as the wine poured freely (they’re BYOB) and our guests chatted and laughed it up having a merry time until the meal was completed and subsequently devoured. Teamwork.
We highly recommend the Wooden Spoon cooking class experience whether you’re an aspiring chef who’s looking to touch up on your culinary skills or someone who’s looking to organize a group night out to have a good time. The venue can accommodate private groups or if you want to go with a smaller group you can sign up for one of their classes online and join some friendly strangers for your evening. The themes of the classes (and menus) change monthly, and typical classes run between $65-75 per person.