Culinary — 10 February 2016
Skill builders for the 21+ crowd.

21 Plus Salute!

We’ve rounded up five cooking classes for adults.

These immersive culinary experiences are exclusively available for adults age 21 and older, and thus earn our top honors.

According to Institute of Food Technologists, the number of consumers who like to try new recipes increased by 32 percent over the past five years. Here are some fun cultural cooking classes to enjoy while on vacation that might make you a better at-home cook.

Mojito Mixology: Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino pulls indigenous ingredients for its Chef Cook Off where guests compete for the best dishes, such as mofongo, a traditional dish that includes fried plantains. With Puerto Rico home to Casa Bacardi, the property also pairs guests with mixologists for a mojito class.

Finger Lakes Wine-Making: Fulkerson Winery offers classes in “beginner home wine-making” every Saturday during the juice season. An expert wine maker leads guests through the wine process and answers questions. Over 30 different grape juice varieties for home wine makers are pressed.

Customized Sparkling Wine: Overlooking Seneca Lake, visitors at Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars create their own bottle of champagne led by winemaker Steve DeFrancesco in the Glenora wine cellar where they disgorge (remove yeast) and dosage (sweeten) sparkling wine to their preference.

Bounty of the Finger Lakes: The Inns of Aurora exclusively utilizes ingredients local to the Finger Lakes region in all cooking and mixology classes. From romantic cocktails to the art of creating a cheese board and perfecting pizza dough, the culinary team showcases local ingredients. In the “Table for Two” class, guests mix cocktails with local ingredients and learn the art of making a perfect cheese board.

The Tuscan Coast: During VBT’s two-night stay at the seaside Tombolo Talasso Resort, guests enjoy an authentic Tuscan cooking class in the home of Chicca Maione, the founder of Cooking in Tuscany, a non-profit organization that emphasizes local and seasonal products.

Fulkerson wine making class september 20

– Text & images courtesy Quinn PR

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