Portland and Seattle are great food cities for nearly everyone. Whether you’re dining at a boundary-pushing restaurant or indulging in a curbside food truck, the two cities offer plenty of great options. But, as it can be a tall order to find healthy food that’s also tasty on the menu, it might just be easier to learn to cook healthy and bring gourmet cuisine to your kitchen table.
Thankfully for those who want to learn to cook healthy, several cooking schools in these cities have you covered. They teach classes on an array of techniques and cuisines, so chances are you can find something that fits your fancy. Here are five of the best places to learn to cook healthy in Seattle and Portland.
- PCC Cooks
PCC Natural Markets, the Seattle-based grocery chain, brings its focus on healthy and local food to its cooking class series. Learn everything from how to cook various types of seafood to quick salsas and tamales in the groceries’ on-site demonstration kitchens. Several classes are offered a month, and space is limited, so be sure to sign up online in advance.
With locations in both Seattle and Portland, Hipcooks specializes in hands-on classes for both novices and more advanced home chefs, and the classes emphasize healthy eating. Ingredients are mostly organic and fresh whenever possible, and you can join a public class or book the space for a private lesson. Recent topics include soup, Thai, and salads.
- Nourish Northwest
The Portland nutrition and fitness center offers classes taught by registered dieticians, so you know you’re getting the latest in food science and healthy eating standards. Classes cover cuisine like vegan, pizza, and stews, or you can book the space for private group instruction within the center’s menu offerings.
- Portland’s Culinary Workshop
Featuring several styles of class, from hands-on workshops to team-building experiences, Portland’s Culinary Workshop is a great place to learn to cook healthy. Topics include brunch, vegetarian/vegan, tamales, as well as basic skills courses and classes geared towards cooking as a couple. Kids are welcome, and there’s a discounted price for children under 12 years old.
- Fire and Earth Kitchen
Hosting public, private, and corporate cooking classes, Seattle’s Fire and Earth Kitchen specializes in vegan, gluten-free cooking, and soy-free cooking; all classes adhere to this approach. The classes are demonstration-based and last two to three hours. Fire and Earth has covered the cuisines of Southeast Asia, Mexico, and India, plus pizza, barbecue, and comfort foods.