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Fun new hands-on cooking school opens in Fort Worth's Near Southside

Fun new hands-on cooking school opens in Fort Worth's Near Southside

The Cookery
The school's curriculum includes a class on making pasta. Photo courtesy of The Cookery

A new cooking school and culinary experience is coming to Fort Worth. Called The Cookery, it will open at 710 S. Main St., #130, in the Near Southside, right by Rahr Brewing and Locust Cider.

Opening is scheduled for mid-July.

This is a spinoff of the first Cookery that was opened by founder Kelly Huddleston in Dallas in 2016. It's not a chef-training academy like The Culinary School of Fort Worth but is more the kind of school where you learn to cook with your pals while sipping a glass of wine.

This is not to say you will not learn how to make a great meal. Huddleston, who moved to Texas from the West Coast, limits her classes to 14 students to guarantee a hands-on cooking experience. Classes are available by reservation only; private group classes can also be scheduled.

Classes run three hours and feature three courses, along with beverage pairings related to the theme.

She accepts novice and expert cooks alike, for uniquely themed classes ranging from "Gourmet Everyday," with chicken cacciatore and crème brûlée, to "Bahn Thai," with dishes such as pad Thai, traditional soups, and sticky rice with mango and coconut cream.

Seasonal classes showcase flavors of the moment such as "Farm to Table: Summer," featuring heirloom tomato gazpacho and chipotle spiced pork tenderloin with seasonal fruit salsa.

Some of her classes get into skills such as sushi and pasta making, while an "Evening in Paris" is designed for a date night.

The Fort Worth location is a 1,300-square-foot space with an urban farmhouse vibe that includes rustic wood-paneled walls, a granite cooking counter with steel siding, and exposed ceilings.

When cooking is finished, students enjoy their dishes family-style at a custom-built farm table. The space also has a retail section with ingredients and utensils used in the classes.

Huddleston says in a statement that she's already accepting reservations.

"I believe that the most meaningful connections are made over great food," she says. "I'm very excited to open our unique space in the Near Southside neighborhood. Together, we’ll create, converse, and connect over wonderful meals."