Whether you’re a budding Top Chef contender, or simply looking to develop a few skills for entertaining at home, you’ll want to check out the broad range of classes offered by Cookology at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling, VA.
Cookology is not a chain – it is an individually-owned recreational cooking school, wine bar and retail store. Conceived by self-proclaimed foodie/owner Maria Kopsidas and opened in early 2009, Cookology is a quaint shop with a commercial kitchen and dining area where young professionals and families alike can go to explore their passion for food, wine and cooking.
The popularity of television programming such as the Food Network is no accident – our society has become increasingly interested not only in the pleasure of preparing one’s own meals, but in the flavors and cuisines of other cultures as well. Cookology is the perfect solution to this growing “epicuriosity”, offering a range of hands-on cooking workshops for both adults and children.
The professionally trained chefs at Cookology teach unique classes from culinary boot camp to sushi to cheese making. There are weekly wine education courses, wine and food pairing dinners, theme based classes such as singles nights and date night, corporate events, and a series of baking and pastry classes to engage every culinary curiosity.
During a recent visit to Cookology, the staff was busily preparing for a local company’s team building event. Platters of ingredients were placed around the table for the participants to use in preparing the meal. There were vegetables, eggs, herbs, and spices on each plate – but no written recipe. Why not? The chefs at Cookology believe the way to learn is by listening and “doing”, and not by reading a recipe. That way, you can experiment with what you like by tasting and tweaking as you go along. (The recipes are available to take home once the meal is prepared, however).
Team building sessions are quite popular at Cookology; Erika LaChance, Director of Communications, explains that “for our corporate clients our culinary team building events are an alternative to your typical company event at a restaurant, bar, or the dreaded ‘ropes course.’ In a cooking class there’s no time for awkward small talk – from the moment they get in the kitchen they are hands-on with the chef, making a meal from scratch. Because everyone eats, everyone connects through food – coworkers learn about each other’s backgrounds, where they’ve traveled, and their favorite wine. They are communicating and working as a team, the whole point of a team building exercise”.
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Dulles Town Center
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA, 20166