Whether it’s our award-winning fine dining downtown or our acclaimed seafood markets, the idea that Pensacola is where good food happens is indisputable.
Couples looking for a unique experience can take advantage of a growing cooking class trend in Pensacola. Cooking class participants have the opportunity to prepare a meal of their own, sometimes with the guidance of the chefs of some of those same destination restaurants.
Call the respective hosts for reservation information:
400 South Palafox St, 850-469-9898
Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse hosts Save the Third for Chef Irv Cooking Demonstrations and Drinks on the third Wednesday of the month. Each class includes the cooking demo, tastings of the recipes wine pairings and a take-home recipe booklet.
Chef Miller’s recent demonstrations have included Gulf Coast Seafood, Flavors of Provence and Italian Coastal Cuisine.
Atlas Oyster House
600 South Barracks St, 850-470-0003
Those most interested in learning about – and sampling – adult beverages may want to visit Atlas Beverage Classes, called “ABC,” at Atlas Oyster House.
ABC runs the first Thursday of the month, August through December. Classes consist of four tastings of beverages from a highlighted local brewery/distillery with mini appetizers. ABC is staged on the picturesque deck at Atlas, overlooking Pensacola Bay.
The Fish House
600 South Barracks St, 850-470-0003
The Annual Toast of the Coast events at The Fish House are focusing on Southern Traditions every third Thursday of the month. Each session includes a hands-on demonstration with great food and beverage pairings. Each event includes a takeaway to help recreate the event at home.
Jackson’s, Atlas and the Fish House are all part of Great Southern Restaurants.
“A wide mix of people attend our classes - couples, best friends, father/son, mother/daughter - you name it. Locals and tourists alike,” said Maria V. Goldberg, director of marketing for Great Southern Restaurants. “The chefs love to be able to share their knowledge and insider tips, all using fresh, local ingredients.”
So Gourmet & Kitchenry
407-D South Palafox St, 850-438-7857
So Gourmet & Kitchenry is part of the Bodacious Family of Shops in Downtown Pensacola. Those also includes the Bodacious Olive, Bodacious Brew and So Chopped. So Gourmet offers about eight cooking classes a month.
“Our cooking classes are a popular date night activity among our attendees,” said Veronica Patriotis, event coordinator at the Bodacious shops. “A couple attending one of our classes would enjoy a night full of exceptional food, good conversations, delicious recipes and great memories.”
Classes at So Gourmet are varied, but have included culinary topics like sushi, homemade pasta and cast-iron filet mignon. Many of the recipes use local ingredients as well as products from the Bodacious Olive like olive oils and vinegars.
Pensacola Cooks Kitchen
3670 Barrancas Ave, 850-456-0743
Every month, Pensacola Cooks Kitchen’s offers 3 to 4 cooking classes for adults only and another 2 to 3 for children and families.
“Our most popular adult class over the 14 years of offering classes in the Pensacola area is our Couples Cook classes which sellout quickly,” said co-owner Jacki Selby. “Often, we open multiple sections of a monthly couples class because of the interest.”
Classes are hands-on and interactive and usually feature “from scratch” cooking where students learn by doing. Participants receive a recipe packet to take home. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen uses fresh vegetables and herbs grown from their heirloom garden.
“If you want a feel of how locals cook, eat, and socialize, our cooking classes offer a refreshed view of a laid back, comfy way to put the fun in food,” Selby said.