Cooking classes are a way to spend time with loved ones, and of course, the end product is delicious.

Whether you’re looking to up your cooking game, try out a creative date night idea, or put together a really fun party, you simply must check out some critically acclaimed cooking schools in the Washington, D.C., area!

CulinAerie

1131 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005 Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., CulinAerie considers itself a recreational cooking school, as well as the pinnacle of food and wine instruction. It’s perfect for people that are looking for a casual, friendly environment to learn how to cook. All levels of expertise are welcome. Many of CulinAerie’s classes are themed, such as “Indian Cooking from My Mom,” and “Southern Sunday Brunch.” The school also has a lot of classes tailored specifically for couples, with everything from “Date Night: Elegant Central Thai Cuisine” to “Date Night: Craft Cocktails and Small Plates from Mexico City.” With the wide range of options, you’re sure to find your perfect fit! You can also host a birthday party, baby shower, or other group event. The instructors will take care of all the details so you can focus on your friends and family having a good time. Learn more about CulinAerie here. [caption id="attachment_9459" align="aligncenter" width="940"]cooking Courtesy of culinaerie.com[/caption]

Cozymeal

1300 I Street NW #400e, Washington, D.C., 20005 If you love international cuisine and want to recreate your favorite restaurant dishes at home, Cozymeal is just the place. The cooking school prides itself on representing every type of cuisine in the world. It is super-easy to book a class at Cozymeal. You pick the number of people and the date that is most convenient for you, and Cozymeal will pull up the options. All of the chefs -- often from popular local restaurants -- are experts in gourmet cooking. The classes are intimate and personal because they're all held either at your home or a location the chef chooses. And once the meal is prepared, everyone enjoys it together as a group. Cozymeal is much more than a traditional cooking school, too. While you can always take a cooking class and reserve space for a private event, you also have the opportunity to invite chefs to create a team-building event for your company, request private lessons, and sign up for food tours around the city. Check out more information about how Cozymeal works here. [caption id="attachment_9460" align="aligncenter" width="970"]cooking Courtesy of thrillist.com[/caption]

Matt Finarelli

This option is a little bit different than the other two, as it’s not so much a cooking school, but rather a personal chef who teaches you how to cook from the comfort of your own home. Matt Finarelli is a seasoned chef that’s worked for various notable Washington, D.C., area restaurants. Here's how it works: you set up a date for Matt to come to your home to perform a cooking class. He brings all ingredients and equipment and then tailors the class to allow you to do as much or as little cooking as you would like. He’s created a helpful FAQ on his website to lead you through the whole process. Get more information about Matt, his story, and his cooking classes, here. [caption id="attachment_9461" align="aligncenter" width="664"]cooking Courtesy of yelp.com[/caption] Cooking is so fun when it’s done with friends and family, and it's a great way to get to know someone on a date! Have you tried any of these cooking classes before? Let us know in the comments!

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