Home to multiple James Beard Award-winning restaurants, world-renowned chefs and mouth-watering Creole and Cajun cuisine, New Orleans is easily one of the best places to showcase (or brush up on) your culinary skills. Do just that with a New Orleans cooking class - the perfect activity for amateur cooks, professional chefs, and everyday foodies alike. Learn how to make specialty New Orleans dishes at any level, and enjoy the fruits of your labor afterward. 

Here are a few of our favorite Crescent City-based cooking classes that are sure to have you cooking jambalaya back home in Jersey, and frying beignets way out in Boston. For more New Orleans cooking classes, visit here. And for recipes you can bring home and cook anytime, visit here

Cheryl Gerber

The New Orleans School of Cooking is in the heart of the French Quarter, located in a historic building from the 1800s. Make classic Cajun/Creole dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines: the instructors teach the basic skills necessary to create these delicious recipes, and ensure that the entire group has fun doing it! You can choose from open demonstration classes, hands-on classes, or even a private event/team-building exercise! Be sure to shop the local produce, cookbooks, and products in the Louisiana General Store at the school, too. 

Hannah McSwain, courtesy of The Bakehouse NOLA

Keto can wait - a class at the Bakehouse NOLA is worth the extra carb intake. Located in New Orleans’ Bywater, the Bakehouse NOLA is a historic shotgun home turned baking classroom led by culinary influencer and pastry aficionado, Joy the Baker.

Joy teaches everything from biscuits to beignets, pretzels and cookies, crafts cakes, and more. She’s even the mastermind behind Drake on Cake. Always making sure to prioritize fun, Joy’s classes are wonderful for groups like bachelorette and birthday parties. Book yours today!

Rebecca Todd

New Orleans isn’t just known for its culinary traditions, it also has a rich cocktail culture. The Sazerac, Hurricanes, Pimm’s Cup and more are all unique New Orleans drinks enjoyed around the world. There’s no better place to learn their stories and mix your own than at Drink Lab NOLA. 

Taught by local mixologist Daniel Victory, classes at Drink Lab NOLA offer the perfect combination of education, group building and spirited fun. 

Rebecca Todd

Elija entre los almuerzos o almuerzos de demostración o las clases prácticas cualquier día de la semana en Crescent City Cooks, en el Barrio Francés. Al final de la clase, será capaz de preparar un surtido de platos principales y postres clásicos de Nueva Orleans, como budín de pan, gambas a la barbacoa, gumbo de pollo y andouille, sopa de tortuga y mucho más. Con clases con descuento para niños, Crescent City Cooks es una actividad perfecta para la familia en NOLA.