In-Person Classes

Class size: 8 students
Instructor: Helen Rennie
Location: Helen’s Kitchen at 3 Ingleside Rd, Natick, MA
Covid-19 Safety Info: Helen is fully vaccinated and asks that all the students attending are vaccinated as well. Masks aren’t required in class, but anyone who wants to wear one is welcome to do so.
Cancellation Policy and other FAQ

Soup it up!

Ah, soup -- it cures whatever ails you, warms you up from the inside, and gets even better on the second day. In this class we'll cover the building blocks of soup to free you from being a slave to the recipes and help you improvise your own creations inspired by the season. You'll learn to make your own stocks, build layers of flavor with aromatic vegetables, and season like a pro. To save you time, we'll cover the use of a pressure cooker (like Instant Pot) to reduce the cooking time by a factor of 3! Soups might include a Bouillabaisse (fish soup), Butternut Squash, and Black Bean, but will vary with the season and availability of ingredients.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 8, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Register
1 spot left. For 2+ spots, please get on the Waiting list

Ravishingly Raw (Poke Bowls, Crudo, Ceviche)

Who doesn't love pristine fish served raw? Most people don't think twice about ordering raw fish in a restaurant, but don't know where to begin when it comes to serving it at home. Where do you buy it? How do you store it? What species are safe to eat raw? How do you slice it? What do you pair it with? How do you deal with the risks of food-borne illness? This class will answer all these questions and give you plenty of hands-on practice slicing fish for crudo, poke bowls, and ceviche dishes. Come hungry for salmon miso poke bowl, spicy tuna tartar, branzino ceviche, and hamachi crudo. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is Paleo friendly.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 8, 2022 6pm-9pm Register
1 spot left. For 2+ spots, please get on the Waiting list

Orgasmic Vegetables

Vegetables are a culinary wonder with their variety of textures and flavors, and a gift to us cooks. If they occupy the lowly place of repentance food on your table, it's time to rethink your cooking techniques. In this class, you'll learn to buy, wash, store, and cook everything from roots to leafy greens. Dishes will vary with the season and availability of ingredients, but are likely to include a kale apple salad, smokey cauliflower almond salad, roasted beets, roasted Brussels sprouts, braised cabbage, and seared asparagus. This class is vegetarian and Paleo friendly.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 15, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Register
1 spot left. For 2+ spots, please get on the Waiting list
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 6pm-9pm Register

Knife Skills

Do you get excited about a trip to the farmer's market, but dread chopping all those veggies and herbs? If the onions make you break into tears and you can't remember the last time you sharpened your knife, come to this hands-on class and learn to slice, dice, and mince in a casual and supportive environment. We'll go over which knives are used for which cuts, how to buy a good knife in any price range, as well as sharpening and caring for your knives. You are welcome to bring an 8" chef's knife, but that's optional. We have knives for everyone. We don't recommend buying anything before class since you'll have a chance to try out different knives to help you decide which one works for you. We'll make a lunch out of our chopping practice and serve it in the end of class. This class is vegetarian.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Waiting List
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Register

Easy as Pie

Yeah right! If it was that easy, there'd be more great pies and tarts in this world. Have you been struggling with Pâte Brisée (pie and tart dough)? Or were you too intimidated to even try it? Worry no more. This class will give you plenty of hands-on experience with making full-proof dough, rolling it out, shaping it, making savory and sweet fillings, and baking your creations. Dishes might include a tomato tart with caramelized onions and gruyere, spinach and mushroom quiche, apricot galette (free-form tart), and pear tart Tatin. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is vegetarian.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Nov 12, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Waiting List
Sat, Nov 19, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Register

Pan Sauces

Don't let your brown bits go to waste! Every time you sear meat or poultry, your pan gives you a gift that can be turned into a sauce with a splash of stock and wine. This class covers how to make the kind of stock that restaurants make and how to reduce it into a demi-glace that you can always keep on hand in your freezer. This magic ingredient means that you are never more than 5 minutes away from a great pan sauce and its infinite variations. Dishes might include a skirt steak with red wine reduction, pork chops with madeira mustard sauce, roast chicken with porcini cream sauce, and chicken thighs with lemon and herb sauce. Note: Dishes vary based on availability of ingredients.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Nov 19, 2022 6pm-9pm Register

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Do you like to eat fish in restaurants, but are scared to cook it at home? Or, are you bored of baking salmon with a squirt of lemon, but not sure how to expand your repertoire? Come to this class and explore the bounty of the sea available to us in New England. You'll learn to find a good fish market in your area, buy the freshest fish, learn all about fish personalities and substitutions, and test fish for doneness. We'll make salmon teriyaki, trout in almonds, cod stew, and swordfish Provençal. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is Paleo friendly.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 6pm-9pm Waiting List
Sat, Oct 29, 2022 6pm-9pm Waiting List

Perfect Pizza

This class is Cooking 101 and Baking 101 rolled into one most delicious dish — pizza. It's one of the simplest dishes to make, and one of the simplest to mess up. Does your dough refuse to stretch into a thin circle? Does it get soggy under the sauce and toppings? Are you at a loss as to how to produce a perfectly crisp thin crust? In this class we'll make a 5 minute home-made crust that will teach you many baking fundamentals. We'll also make a few sauces while learning to use heat and seasoning to your advantage. This class is vegetarian.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 15, 2022 6pm-9pm Waiting List

Homemade Pasta

Few kitchen tasks are more satisfying than making your own pasta. The reason people struggle with pasta is that most recipes leave out too many crucial details. You can spend years figuring them out on your own, or you can come to the pasta making class that will help you succeed on your first try. In this class you'll get hands-on experience with the egg pasta dough: kneading, rolling, shaping, and cooking. You'll learn to cut it into ribbons (like pappardelle and fettuccine) and shape it into ravioli. Sauces and fillings will vary with the seasons. Although one of the dishes might use meat, we can leave it out for anyone who is vegetarian.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Oct 29, 2022 10:30am-1:30pm Waiting List

Things with Wings (Chicken and Turkey)

Are you chicken about chicken? Do you turn your breasts to saw dust for fear of undercooking? Do your legs come out tough and stringy? Is the skin sticking to the skillet or turning out soggy? Or are you bored with your chicken repertoire? In this class, we'll find solutions to these poultry problems and answer the following questions. Which bird tastes best: local, free-range, organic, air-chilled, or kosher? Should you rinse your poultry? Is a stick of butter under the skin the only way to keep the breast from drying out? Is brining worth it? When is the bird done? How do you get the skin to brown before the meat overcooks? Dishes might include chicken breast roast with porcini sauce, roast chicken legs with salsa verde, chicken Schnitzel, and red wine braised turkey thighs. Dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients.

One 3h session / $110 per person / Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Sat, Nov 12, 2022 6pm-9pm Waiting List

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will we eat in class?
Yes, we eat what we make in class.
What materials should we bring to class?
Wear comfortable shoes. We'll provide everything else.
What happens if I have to cancel?
Please see our cancellation policy for details.
How do I get a spot? Whenever I check the website, the class I want has a waiting list.
Read our tips on getting spots.
The class I want to take is full. Will you offer it again?
Yes. Most of these classes are offered on monthly basis and are announced 2 months in advance.
Can you send me e-mail when you announce more classes?
Yes. Just send us an e-mail to get on our mailing list.
Do we just watch or do we get to cook too?
All classes are hands-on, so everyone gets to participate.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes. Fill out the gift certificate request form to purchase one.