If you cant stand the heat

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If you can’t stand the heat…


Get out of the kitchen—and into these local eateries. St. Louisans are going crazy for cooking classes, and a few STL restaurants are teaching recipes for their signature dishes.

At Stone Soup Cottage in St. Charles, up to 20 students watch Chef Carl McConnell as he cooks a three-course tasting menu paired with wines, and based on the restaurant’s popular cookbook. The students watch, learn and eat—an added benefit, since the restaurant is generally booked six months in advance. Check stonesoupcottage.com for the current schedule. $50 per person.

On the other side of the frying pan, Robbie Montgomery will offer cooking classes from her newest restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust, when it opens this spring in Grand Center. She’ll teach how to make her wellloved comfort food dishes, along with some kitchen safety, knife skills and prep techniques. Check sweetiepieskitchen.com or call 314.371.0304 for more info.

Vegadeli in Chesterfield held its first “Vegan 101” cooking class just before Thanksgiving, sharing recipes for healthy, vegan-friendly dishes. Chef Brent Leonard demonstrates the cooking techniques, while the restaurant’s resident nutritionist, Amanda Barker, talks about the nutritional value of ingredients in the dishes. They also happily offer suggestions for substitutions to those with different diet requirements (gluten-free and others). Sign up at vegadeli.com.



Stone Soup Cottage

Stone Soup Cottage


Photo credit: Lily Liu

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