Get Cooking At CulinAerie

CulinAerie, a new cooking school just south of Thomas Circle, is now welcoming its first crop of aspiring cooks.

“DC’s really coming into its own, and I think it’s certainly ready for a cooking school,” says Susan Watterson, who founded the school with Susan Holt. Both women have been instructors at Maryland’s L’Academie de Cuisine (they’re also graduates), as well as chefs — Holt as executive sous chef at 1789 and Watterson as executive chef at Cafe Bethesda.

CulinAerie's classes run the gamut from basics like knife skills and pasta primers to Indian cooking and wine tasting. Lunchtime lectures cover such topics as food writing and kitchen remodeling. Check out the class calendar here.

Well-known DC chefs and food experts will teach many of the classes. This Friday, Nov. 7, chef Gerard Pangaud will teach Moroccan cooking, while next Thursday, Nov. 13, pastry chef and New Orleans native David Guas tackles pralines and heavenly hash in a "Bayou Sweets" class.

“We would love in 10 years for people to feel like, ‘This is our cooking school. This is DC’s cooking school,’” Watterson says.

1131 14th St. NW